2009 Krewe of Xanadu presents
The Krewe of Xanadu held its 19th Annual Ball and Pageant on Friday, Feb. 20, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center.
The theme of the Ball was “Girls Rock.”
Reigning over the festivities were Queen Xanadu XIX Debbie K. Mills and King Xanadu XIX Robbie Bush.
A native of Monroe, Queen Xanadu is a Xanadu Board member and owner of Mills’ Cashway Pharmacy in Parks. Debbie is married to State Representative Freddy Mills and is active with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Acadiana, as well as a Stuller Place Board member.
King Xanadu XIX Robbie Bush is a native of Lake Charles and married to Julie Bush with two children, Emily and Brian. He is a travel consultant and owner of Associated Travel Group. Robbie’s band, “The Robbie Bush Band” provided entertainment for the Ball.
Bush is a past chairman of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of ULL Alumni Association, and Education’s Next Horizon.
Xanadu’s Captain, Naomi Angelle Maraist, made her grand entrance as legendary “Tina Turner.” A native of Cecilia, Naomi is married to Michael Phillip Maraist with two children, Gus and Clare. She is on the Board of Xanadu, United Way of Acadiana, and Acadiana Symphony League, as well as president of the Acadiana Symphony Women’s League.
The Krewe members rocked the night away in celebration of women icons of the music industry. Guitars, rock and roll music, and vibrant colors of orange, purple and electric blue filled the room.
The “Xanadudette” entertainers performed and emcee for the evening was Ernie Alexander. Messenger for the Ball was Mackenzie McDaniel and Alex Bibaeff sang the National Anthem. Photography was provided by Danny Izzo of Nouveau Photeau.
Members of the royal court were nine Greek muses from Greek mythology. Xanadu’s Theme Muse, Mandy Northcutt is married to Jay Northcutt with two children. She portrayed “Janis Joplin.”
Kimberly Benoit, clinic manager with Acadiana Neurosurgery, represented music icon “Olivia Newton-John.”
A paralegal and Hospice volunteer, Susan Dominello represented Debbie Harry as “Blondie.”
Ashley Guidry, a dance instructor and owner of Sugar N Spice Dance Studio, portrayed “Paula Abdul.”
Sherri Guidry, a pharmaceutical sales rep with three children, took Krewe member on a rockin’ journey as Belinda Carlise of the Go-Go’s.”
Muse Courtney Habbit portrayed “Gloria Estefan.” She is a registered nurse in Acadiana.
A publisher and event planner, Cherry Fisher May is married to Stephen May with one child and two step-children. She portrayed “Kate Pearson of the B-52’s.”
Appearing as celebrity “Shania Twain” was Muse Dana Orley. Dana has one child.
Lissa Schmit, an interior designer with one child, is married to Dan Schmit and represented superstar “Cher.”