Time stood still at Drusilla Place Jan. 18, as the Krewe of Southdowns celebrated its 26th annual Royal Ball. In keeping with this year’s parade theme, “Southdowns Time Machine,” the hall was decked with golden hourglasses, vintage clocks and banners imprinted with the centuries.
Highlighting the evening was the traditional tableau and the crowning of this year’s king and queen. King of Mischief Pat Yglesias of the Krewe of Confusion was escorted to the golden palmetto throne by his royal attendants, Tyler Yglesias and Kylie Yglesias. Queen of Temporal Anomaly Elizabeth Delaney of the Krewe Du Monde ascended her throne assisted by Royal Consort Kevin Robbins.
Ball Co-Captains Janelle Wilhelm and Sherry Wilkes opened the Gates of Time to admit Roman Emperor William Gladney and Empress Mary Gladney; their chariot was escorted by Flambeaux Captain Gus Wilkes and his Flaming Time Patrol. Time Lord and Wizard-in-Chief Skip Gladney cast a primordial spell for auspicious parade weather, supervised by Barrister Joe Simmons.
The Dancing Girls, led by Time Traveler Becky Olivera, beamed in with control panels blinking to the strains of “The Time Warp.”
Parade Captain Greg DuCote called all float captains to present their allegiance to the king and queen. From deep in the Caverns of Time, they came: with time on their side were Duckbusters, Fish and Holla-Peneaux; looking for a good time were Kaboom, Kritters and Lost Boys; in search of lost time were Gleaux, Loose Krewe and the Pigs; killing time were Pecans, Potter and Romany; living on borrowed time were Lyonnesse, Saints Alive and Tiger Train; at the right time of the night were Tail Gate, Voo Doo and Woo Hoo; and, finally, in the nick of time came the Krewe of Madness.
At the conclusion of the tableau, the royal couple led their subjects back to the future, where they enjoyed a dinner and libations and danced to the music of Kenny Bill Stinson and special guest David Egan.