NEW ORLEANS — Revelers stood back to make way for the 45th court of the Krewe of Tucks at the krewe’s coronation ball Jan. 19 in the Preservation Hall of the Marriott Hotel. The event, with the theme “Tucks Uncovers History,” boasted a buffet dinner of lavish proportions and overflowing libations for 800 invited guests.
French maids were escorted toward the ballroom stage, where they swirled around poles to the song “Lady Marmalade.” Maids included Birdie Shirtcliff, Katheryn Bauman, Kristen Cahill, Ashleigh Flower, Aimee Macdonald Rhodes, Michelle Ingram, Linda Elizabeth Bogacki, Sheri Michelle Bleuler McKee, Karen Ribaul, Allison Shapiro, Jennifer Wendel and Jennifer Wyckoff.
At its height, King Tucks XLV, Kabir Kalsi, escorted her majesty the queen, Carlene Oehler, toward her adoring court.
The queen was outfitted in a strapless gown of sumptuous sheer coral chiffon, custom designed and hand-stitched by local artists. Atop her bodice hung a pearl necklace. Her diamond-studded high heels, on loan from National Museum of Carnival History, accented the cascade of her diamond earrings and her crown ornamented with family jewels.
An ornate scepter, passed through the Oehler family line, displayed ostrich feathers with a sheer dusting of gold leaf sparkling like a disco ball.
The court came uncaged as members paraded around the hall with decadent indoor floats and three local high school bands. The tunes carried the crowd late into the night and into the streets of the historic Vieux Carre, where table top dancing and bull riding ensued.