Krewe of Cypress

PLAQUEMINE — The Krewe of Cypress celebrated its 34th year with “Rollin’ on the River” at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center on Jan. 26. Partygoers cruised the waterway from St. Louis to Plaquemine aboard the Mississippi paddle wheeler, Cypress Queen.

King Jason Passantino and Queen Emelie Barker Gunn reigned over the festivities. Gunn, daughter of Jim Randolph and Nancy Barker Gunn, of Hayes, Va., and granddaughter of Will and Melwyn Barker, of Plaquemine, depicted the persimmon, for which Plaquemine is named. Passantino represented the ship captain.

Attendants for the king were Kennedy Passantino, daughter of the king and Pam Passantino, and Anna Medlin, daughter of Tammy Medlin and Gina Pizzilota.

Ball Captains Kay and Scott Gaudin, and Jody Wilbert and Susie Burns were presented as the cruise directors and late-arriving passengers, respectively.

Escorting the Gaudins as gophers were Trip Carville, Connor Dooley and Blaise Mendoza.

Kathryn Grace Miller, daughter of Klein and Nancy Miller, of Pensacola, Fla., representing Memphis, City of the Blues, was escorted by her brother, Stephen Klein Miller.

Representing Natchez, Miss., the City of Southern Hospitality, was Alexis Marie Ledet, daughter of Kynan and Ragan White and the late Brad Ledet. She was escorted by Garrett Franklin Lestage, son of Pam Mechana and Chris Lestage.

Tableau entertainment was presented by Peggy’s School of Dance and the Gentlemen of the Krewe.

The Gentlemen, The Praline Ladies for the evening, participating were Vic Blanchard, Johnny Higdon, Rodney Gascon, Dr. Jimmy Grace, Tommy LeBlanc, Anton Wilbert and Jacob Wilbert.

Introduced as ladies-in-waiting were Claudie Allain, Andi Gurney, Madeleine Kirby, Olivia Ledet, Karlee Patrick, Raleigh Patrick, McKenzie Richard and Kaillyn White.

Little maids were Olivia Baudin, Katie Blanchard, Anna Catherine Bradford, Lillie Bradford, Julia Bucher, Aiden Dooley, Ashton Kirby, Catherine Murthy and Margaret Murthy.

Serving as narrators were Kitty Martin and Capt. Victor Calvaruso.

Music for dancing was provided by the Fountain City Players.