Lafayette’s Krewe of Attakapas celebrates ‘Pow-Wow’

Photo by Nouveau Photeau -- Attakapas royalty are, from left, King Lacassine XLV Harold Lee Domingue Jr. and Queen Karakondye XLV.
Photo by Nouveau Photeau -- Attakapas royalty are, from left, King Lacassine XLV Harold Lee Domingue Jr. and Queen Karakondye XLV.

LAFAYETTE — The Krewe of Attakapas, one of the first women’s Carnival krewes in Lafayette, held its 45th annual ball Jan. 19 at the Frem Boustany Convention Center.

Reigning over the festivities with a theme of “Tribal Pow-Wow” were Queen Karakondye XLV, whose identify is never revealed, and King Lacassine XLV, noble chieftain of the Attakapas, Harold Lee Domingue Jr.

Domingue is an attorney in private practice with the Law Offices of Harold L. Domingue Jr. A native of Lafayette, he received his BA from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and his law degree from LSU. Domingue is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Lafayette Bar Association and the Southwest Louisiana Bankruptcy Bar Association. He has been a Rotarian for 25 years, is a member of the Rotary Club of Lafayette and the Krewe of Gabriel, and has served on the floor committee for the Krewe of Attakapas since 1990. He is married to the former Monica Richard.

The stage was a ceremonial encampment framed with crossed stakes bearing feathers and flags behind tom-tom thrones, before which a bonfire blazed. Cahoula, the captain of the krewe, appeared to prepare the guests for an evening of celebration. After a meeting with the spirit of the last empress of the Aztec, Empress Wiwofranpa, festivities continued as Indian maidens welcomed their guests with the traditional gift of doubloons and danced in honor of the empress.

A stir in the air heralded the entry of Laughing Water, muse of the krewe. Fanfare announced the arrival of the six warriors escorting the Daughters of the Attakapas, each of whom portrayed one of the Tribes of the Earth, participating in the “Tribal Pow-Wow.”

They were:

Dr. Bryan Garrett Sibley, who escorted the daughter representing the Shoshone. Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Sibley is a graduate of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and completed his general pediatric residency at the University of Texas, Houston. He is a member of the krewes of Gabriel and Troubadours and is married to Shelley Rosson Sibley.

Dr. Michael Keith Judice, who escorted the daughter representing the Comanche. A local pediatrician, Judice is a graduate of the LSU School of Medicine, and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Texas in Galveston. He is a member of the board of directors and is past president of the Women’s Foundation, president-elect of UL Lafayette Alumni Association and on staff at Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He is a member of the krewes of Bonaparte and Gabriel, and is married to Maureen Buchholz Judice.

Monty Graham Warren, who escorted the daughter representing the Apache. Warren, vice president and partner of Beau Box Commercial Real Estate, is an ESA board member, president of CCIM, Louisiana chapter, an Upper Lafayette Board member and an SIOR member. He is also a member of the krewes of Bonaparte and Troubadours, and is married to Lara Bently Warren.

Bret Joseph Giroir, who escorted the daughter representing the Cheyenne. Giroir, a sales representative at Giles Automotive, graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and is a member of the alumni chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Charles Howard Fenstermaker III, who escorted the daughter representing the Sioux. Fenstermaker is a graduate of the University of Louisiana- Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in business administration. He is the director of administrative operations for C.H. Fenstermaker and Associates, and is married to Erin Chance Fenstermaker.

Michael James Joubert, who escorted the daughter representing the Choctaw. A petroleum landman with Pride Oil and Gas Properties Inc., Joubert is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, and is married to Alexis Wofford Joubert.

Former kings of the Attakapas in succession are Judge Kaliste Saloom, the late J. Rayburn Bertrand, the late J. Otto Broussard, the late Henry Busch, the late C.O. Theriot, the late Charles Compton, the late Oliver LeBlanc, the late Billy Bolton, the late Edwin W. Cantrelle, the late Arthur Faulk, the late Patrick Domingue, the late James Holloway, Donald O’Rourke, the late Bernard Lang, Elden Butcher, the late Warren L. “Rusty” Brown, the late John E. Chance, the late Joseph C. Delegal Jr., the late Scott Meyers Jr., the late Sterling W. Lejeune, the late E. Glynn Abel, the late Dr. Bill Vildibill, Dr. Robert L. Pavy, the late Jack R. Broussard, William Dudley Lastrapes, the late John Lawrence Mendell, the late John Joseph Burdin Jr., William Hugh Mouton, Ronald R. Arceneaux, Valrie Domingue, Jr., P.J. Voorhies III, Charles A. Crochet Sr., the late William Alfred Patton, Arthur Daniel Mouton, William Howard Fenstermaker, Edward Charles Abell Jr., Ronald Julian Gibbens, Godfrey Louis “Brother” Marine, James Richard Faulk, Floyd Joseph Domingue, Dr. Barry Alan Bohn, Boyce Donald Burts Jr., Matthew Joseph Hill Jr. and Randy Paul Foreman.