King Jupiter X, David Mitchell Villneuve, and Queen Juno X, Dr. Terrie Rosalyn Thomas, reigned over the Krewe of Jupiter & Juno’s Diamond Jubilee on Jan. 12 at the Baton Rouge River Center, as the group celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Adorned in glittery white and silver, 10 children serving as past royalty participated in a production reflecting on the years the group has existed in the Baton Rouge community. Representing each year and carrying pendants representing each year’s theme were Gabriel Coates, Garrett Coates, Chase Corvers, Madeline Corvers, Brandon Lovett, Rachel McCoy, Richard McCoy, Ryan McCoy, Parker Tatum and Kendall Townley.
Pendants were displayed on a commemorative chandelier, a symbol of the first decade of the krewe, which was raised to the sound of a youth chorus performance of jubilation. It was followed by the procession of the 10th child onto the stage to light the way for the krewe’s next decade and the introduction of the KOJJ captain, Linda Hendricks.
The Diamond Jubilee Royal Court members were introduced representing themes of the past.
Ball Captain Catherine Fontenot represented the first parading years of KOJJ: 2004, “Rolling Through Red Stick”; 2005, “Cuttin’ Loose with Mother Goose,” and 2006, “Age of Antiquity.”
Representing 2007, “Nightmare on Fourth Street,” and 2008, “Changes in Latitude — Changes in Attitude,” was Lady Madison Elizabeth Ashford, daughter of Kenneth and Deborah Ashford, of Central.
Lady Theresa Trabeaux Hernandez represented 2009, “Love at the Movies,” and 2010, “Jupiter Rocks the Universe.”
Representing 2011, “Once Upon A Time,” and 2012, “Living with the Legends,” was Duke Louis L.J. Watkins.
Princess Ireland Rhea Coates, daughter of Jarred Coates and Aron Coates and granddaughter of the KOJJ captain, and Princess Cecilia Jane Schexnayder, daughter of Harold and Laura Schexnayder, represented “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
Squires to King Jupiter X were Gunnar Paul Tatum, son of Greg and Stephanie Tatum, of Denham Springs, and Mason Scott Brown, son of Jarrod and Stephanie Brown. Pages to the queen were Sadie Grace Gaudin, daughter of Quentin Gaudin and Dawn Gaudin, of Zachary, and Isabella Marie Rawlinson, daughter of Mark and Trisha Rawlinson, of Plaquemine.
The Krewe of Jupiter and Juno takes to the streets of downtown Baton Rouge at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26, celebrating A Diamond Jubilee Parade, as KOJJ looks back on its 10 years and prepares to launch into a new decade of celebration of the Carnival season.