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MAR-APR 2019

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48 The Krewe of Romany is the oldest ladies Mardi Gras Krewe in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1949, nine imaginative and creative ladies formed the Krewe for the purpose of presenting an annual Mardi Gras Ball, with the court being the debutante daughters of its members. The annual theme is the creation of the reigning Ball Captain, each of whom has continued the great Romany tradition of presenting exceptional enjoyment to audiences during the Mardi Gras seasons for 70 years. This year's theme was "Carnival Time"; it represented different carnivals celebrated around the world. Reigning over the festivities were Queen Romany LXX Bonnie Colleen O'Brien, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard O'Brien, and King Romany LXX John Keith Williams, the husband of Krewe member Tammi Mincin Williams. Reigning Ball Captain Brenda Pitre Torrence made her entrance as "Mistress of Carnival" to Rebirth Brass Band's rendition of "Carnival Time." The maids each represented carnival celebrations from different countries. They entered the stage to videos depicting actual celebrations in their respective countries. Miss Brenna Mechelle Crawford, the daughter of Christan and Jabe Crawford, represented the Tenerife Carnival in Spain. The Carnival of Venice in Italy was represented by Miss Marian Kate Luzier, the daughter of Kerma and Charles Luzier. Miss Jane Yvonne Zaruba, the daughter of Mae and Michael Zaruba, represented the Samba Carnival held in Japan. Representing the Junkanoo Carnival held in the Bahamas was Miss Calie Raelin Pitre, the daughter of William Pitre and Lizza Bailey Church. Miss Olivia Helen Baudin, the daughter of Pamela and Stanley Baudin, represented the Rio Carnival of Brazil. The ladies of the Krewe entertained with a Brazilian dance number and the Krewe couples danced to a Louisiana Zydeco dance number. In recognition of the Krewe of Romany's 70th anniversary, the past ball captains of the Krewe were introduced and presented with a token commemorating the anniversary. The Krewe of Romany is rich in tradition with many family members serving as pages, maids, kings and queens. Currently on the Board of Directors are two future third generation ball captains, all of whom are excited to continue their long lineage of royalty. Ashley Fabre, a former queen and current Member at Large Board member slated for Ball Captain in 2025, states, "The Krewe of Romany is an organization that I was born into. My husband understood the first time he attended the ball that this was a part of who I was and who my family was. It wasn't two years after we got married that he became King Romany LXIV. Now it is a part of his history, too." Being a part of a rich in tradition Krewe is an aspiration for any Mardi Gras reveler. R E A D U S O N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S O C I A L . C O M Krewe of Romany 48 Photos by Layne Photography The 2019 Krewe of Romany Royal Court Queen's Page Quinn Marie Giordano with Grandmother and Krewe Member Cyndy Seilhan Twin sisters Queen Romany LXX Bonnie O'Brien and Queen Romany LXIX Kathleen O'Brien Krewe of Romany Member, Denise Dobson dances in the ladies Krewe dance during the 2019 Ball. Krewe of Romany Board of Directors

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