Krewe of Orion

King Orion XV Mark Santos and his queen, Terri Hartzog, reigned as the Krewe of Orion celebrated its 15th year with a parade and masquerade ball Feb. 2 at the Baton Rouge River Center.

The black-tie affair began with the entrance of the captain, Darren Coates.

The officers, Frank Coates, Vic Roth, Bobby Hilburn, Rick White, Gary O’Neal and Bryant Thibodeaux, were introduced riding on a large replica of Orion, the mythological hunter of the skies, which glistened in purple and gold.

Orion’s sword and belt were glittered in bright yellow to depict the constellation from which it derived his name. Silver and gold glitter outlined the figure.

Krewe lieutenants Brian Banta and Chris Rosendahl presented the evening’s theme of “Les Festivales Internationale,” as a representative member from each of the krewe’s floats entered and threw custom-designed beads to commemorate their floats. Their entrance into the River Center signaled the presentation of the 2013 royal court.

Court member Rachel Ann Rhodes, of Baton Rouge, presented guests with a glimpse of “Aloha Festival.” The LSU junior is the daughter of Dr. Kent and Karen Rhodes and the granddaughter of Ronald and Ann Rawls, of Zachary, and the late Donald Rhodes and Janet Zeringue, of Thibodaux. Her father is an Orion charter krewe member.

Entering as the “Chinese New Year” was Maid Melissa Ruth Sadler, of Baton Rouge, the daughter of Chris and Sandy Sadler, of Baton Rouge, and the granddaughter of Frank and Janice Sadler, of Baton Rouge, and Mary Sayre, of Norman, Okla., and the late Bob Sayre. She is a sophomore at Episcopal High School. Her father is an Orion krewe member.

Queen Hartzog, of St. Amant, made her entrance on a golden throne, wearing a crown and scepter custom designed by Dynasty Collections of Mobile, Ala. She is the wife of Glen Hartzog and the daughter of Glenda Williams, of Birmingham, Ala., and the late Tom Williams.

She was accompanied by her pages, Caroline Renee Simpson, a student at St. Jean Vianney Catholic School and the daughter of Bill and Natalie Simpson, of Baton Rouge, and granddaughter of Raymond and Margaret Templet, of Donaldsonville, and Sally Simpson, of Central, and the late Larry Simpson; Allyson Camille Yerby, a first-grader at French Settlement Elementary School and the daughter of Todd and Meghan Yerby, of St. Amant, and granddaughter of Charles and Beth Yerby, of Colfax, and Danny and Brenda Melancon, of Denham Springs, and Coleen Pilley, of French Settlement; and Avery Therese Oubre, a student at St. Aloysius Catholic School and the daughter of Dr. Benton and Laura Oubre, of Baton Rouge, and granddaughter of James Gordon and Evelyn Knipe, of Baton Rouge, and Bernard and Linda Oubre, of Luling.

King Santos, the husband of Diana Santos, took his bow as a historic Masquerade Ball Attendant. He wore a crown and scepter custom made and inspired by the fleur-de-lis design by Dynasty Collections.

His majesty was accompanied by his pages, Justin Joseph Oubre, a student at St. Aloysius Catholic School and the son of Dr. Benton and Laura Oubre, of Baton Rouge, and grandson of James Gordon and Evelyn Knipe, of Baton Rouge, and Bernard and Linda Oubre, of Luling; Landry James Horn, a student at University Lab School in Baton Rouge and the son of Marty and Karen Horn, of Baton Rouge, and grandson of Patsy Horn, of Ardmore, Okla., and Bonnie Shaffer, of Fort Worth, Texas; and Zane Taylor Hartzog, a student at St. Amant Primary School and the son of Glen and Terri Hartzog, of St. Amant, and grandson of Glenda Williams, of Birmingham, Ala., and the late Tom Williams, and Glen and Kathy Hartzog, of State Line, Miss.

The evening continued with the presentation of Orion’s idea of “Les Festivales Internationale,“ celebrating festivals from around the world. They included “Germany’s Octoberfest“ by Kevin Denoux and Ben Twiner; “The Aloha Festival” led by Dave Renoud and Chad Lemaire; one of Orion’s Signature floats, “Carnival Cats,” led by Bill Bauder, Jason Morris and Chris Sadler; “Chinese New Year” led by Chad Coppola and Bryan Jeansonne; “Baton Rouge Mardi Gras” by Paul Vaught Jr., Blaine Ardoin, Marty Horn and Ed Wedge III; “Russia’s Festival of Winter” by Dustin Brown; “Spain’s Festival of San Fermin” by Shawn Robinson, John “Tiny” Tourere, Rick Osborne and Kevin Melancon; “Denmark’s Viking Festival” by Kyle Smith and James Warren; and another of Orion’s Signature floats led by Phillip Dean Hill, Mike Fontenot, Lee Hunsucker, Ronald LeBouef, Norman Browning, Jerry Fabre, Thad Foreman and Bryan Kutz.

Orion’s “Last in Line,” orchestrated by Mike Battle and Rodd Naquin, ended the evening’s presentations.

Mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Whitney Vann. Guests were entertained by Xtreme Talent Entertainment followed up with music by The Pink Flamingos. Lighting and sound management were choreographed by Pinnacle Entertainment. The court’s costumes were designed by Karen Massett, of Masquerade Costumes of New Orleans.