Doré, Suire reign over 2010 Cimmer Ball
The 55th Annual Carnival Ball and Pageant of the Krewe of Town Revelers was staged on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Rice Festival Building in Crowley. The theme of the 2010 event was “Cimmer is Dancing in the Streets” with John Elliot Doré reigning as King Cimmer LV and Laurie Myers Suire reigning as his queen.
Doré is the son of the late A. B. Doré, Jr. and Phyllis Elliot Doré. He is married to the former Sandra “Sandi” Bourgeois and he has three children, Chelsea, Samantha, and Ellie. Doré is a graduate of St. Michael Elementary School, Notre Dame High School and Louisiana State University. He is currently a wealth advisor with McMakin Financial and enjoys golf, all LSU sports, and has been active in local public service and many local organizations. He is currently serving his third term as Crowley City Councilman. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Rice Festival, its President in 1998, and Co-Chair of the Festival. He served on the Crowley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was its President in 1993. He was Rotary Club President 2006-2007, and has been a Knights of Columbus, Grand Knight for three years. He served on the Board of Directors of Washington Life Insurance Company and as President of Doré Rice Mill from 1982 to1988. He is a lifetime member of the Crowley Town Club and has served three and a half terms on its Board of Directors, including terms as secretary and president. He was a duke to King Cimmer XXVI, Sims Williams, in 1981.
Queen Laurie Myers Suire is the daughter of Tola Myers and Sondra Seilhan Myers. She is married to Jeremy “Jay” Suire and is the mother of three sons, Grant, Harrison, and Reagan. She is a graduate of St. Michael Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, and the University of Southwest Louisiana (now ULL). Mrs. Suire is currently self-employed as a marketing consultant and an independent director for The Pampered Chef. She enjoys entertaining and spending time with friends and family. She represented our city as Miss Crowley in 1993, has served as president of the Acadia Players Theatre Group, and currently is secretary of the Crowley Garden Club. She and her husband are active members of St. Michael Church Parish and its Education Committee. She has been a very active member of the Crowley Town Club Entertainment Committee and has danced as a Showstopper, assisted with costumes and music for the Mardi Gras Ball, and was Ball Director and Co-Director from 2002-2008. She was a maid to King Cimmer XLVII, Kenneth Comeaux.
The evening began with the introduction of past kings and queens and the returning 2009 court. The ball was dedicated to the late Mrs. Jack Fulkerson, the former Billie Cleveland, Queen to King Cimmer I. Also honored was the late Mr. Carrol W. Sittig, King Cimmer the XXII.
Emcees for the evening, Kim Hayes and Deborah Nutt Whiting, performed with the Showstopper dancers to “Dancing in the Streets” in the room transformed to represent St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans at Mardi Gras. The Showstoppers, under the direction of Delores Nutt, were Deborah Whiting and Kim Hayes, Patty and Chris Brammer, Phyllis and Ronnie Owens, Sandi Doré and Shane Goff, Anne and Jude Sittig, Judy and Ronnie Vienne, Tina and Dr. Ted Reaux and Lisa and David Dupuis.
The Town Club Revelers welcomed guests in song and dance, as familiar Parkerson Avenue construction workers. Revelers were Hank Capel, Chris Chiasson, Al Doré, Larry Dubose, E. L. Habetz, Joe John, Greg Jones, Gary Monceaux, Jeremy Patin, Gilles Piron, Wayne Wild, Larry Broussard, honorary reveler, and Gerald LeBlanc, ball captain.
Pages to the king and queen, who entered in a “hippie van” reminiscent of the days of “hitchin’ a ride”, were Madison Chiasson, daughter of Ashleigh Chiasson and Zachariah Cook; Ashton Broussard, daughter of Kevin and Holly Broussard; Jack Himel, son of Daniel and Tessa Himel, and Barrett Harrington III, son of Rett and Mary Beth Harrington.
A streetcar brought the other members of the 2010 royal court to their destination, representing streetscapes throughout America. Representing St. Charles Avenue, were King Cimmer LV and his Queen. King Cimmer looked regal in a cutaway tail coat of navy, black and silver paisley brocade with navy satin lapels, a vest of navy sequined velvet and white tuxedo shirt. His tuxedo pants of navy satin taffeta were embellished with wide silver lace, also featured on his coat sleeves. He wore a silver ascot with a sapphire jeweled pin. His crown was silver with large oval sapphire stones surrounded by crystals encircling the crown. Smaller sapphire blue and crystal stones formed a band. His scepter featured a large emerald cut center stone of sapphire with surrounding sapphires and crystals.
Queen to King Cimmer LV, Mrs. Laurie Myers Suire, was resplendent in a fitted strapless bustier covered in silver sequin web brocade with a jewel encrusted center appliqué. Her skirt of navy blue crushed velvet featured aurora borealis crystals, front side slit bordered with silver beaded braid and accent appliqué, and a silver underlining. She wore navy blue opera length gloves and jewels befitting a queen. Her collar was covered in navy blue velvet, trimmed in silver with scattered crystals, rhinestones and beaded drops. An inner collar featured lace trimmed scallops, each featuring a jeweled appliqué. Her crown of radiant fire-cut Swarovski crystals was custom designed to feature her initials, the year of her reign, and a cross studded with the birthstones of her family. Her scepter reflected the center design of her crown.
After their introductions and promenade, the King, Queen and pages took their places on stage in a representation of a traditional Mardi Gras king’s float.
Royal dukes and maids were then presented, representing famous streets throughout America, including:
The Duke and Maid of Ocean Drive, Miami were Peter John and Claire Mayeux Kelbaugh.
Duke David Wilson marched in, leading a parade down Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Following him was the float of Beauty Queen, Kasey Habetz Patin.
On Hollywood Boulevard, where stars and paparazzi abound, Duke Chad Monceaux came to the rescue of Maid Reneé Nugier -- on motorcycle.
Performing “On Broadway”, the Showstoppers set the stage for the next streetscape. Duke Larry Lawson was the Broadway producer, while Maid Wanda Lopez Benoit was the Broadway star of the evening
Revelers, performing as Elvis impersonators, were a clear sign that the streetscape had changed to the Las Vegas Strip. Duke Bart Wild performed magic to the thrill of the crowd. His cane became a scarf, and a caged tiger became—a showgirl! Angela Hoffpauir Wagar was his maid.
The streetcar journey returned to New Orleans with a final stop on Bourbon Street, where a jazz funeral brought dancers, revelers and voodoo queen maid, Alecia Henry Bergeaux, to the stage. With a little voodoo magic, her duke, Dr. Patrick Dale LeLeux, Jr., arose from the coffin to lead another “dancing in the streets” classic—“Thriller!”
Following the traditional 2010 Court Promenade, Grand March, and Toast, introductions were made recognizing the evening’s entertainers and coordinators. In addition to the Showstoppers and Revelers, special appearances were made by members of the ladies’ krewe: Nancy Wild, Brittany Faulk, Elisabeth Leleux, Katie Chiasson, Judy Capel and Casey Vercher.
Director of this year’s presentation was Angie Goff, Assistant Director, Alexa John, and Court Coordinator, Mike Libby.
Other committee chairs for the ball include: Reveler Captain Hank Capel; Royalty Advisor Mike Leleux; Board Carnival Chair Becky Lamm; Court Assistant Marlene Thibodeaux; Page Assistant Karen Spaetgens; Masters of Ceremonies Kim Hayes and Deborah Whiting; Script Ellen Dailey; Music Judy Guillot; Ball Choreographer Dolores Nutt; Costumes Mitzi LeJeune, Lori Broussard, Deborah Whiting and Ruthie Piron; Stage decorations Larry Chiasson; Special Props Hank Capel; Marquee Clayton Dailey; Bar Room Decorations Becky Lamm; Court Make-up Brittany Faulk; Special Invitations Nancy Wild; Dance Music Michael LeLeux; Graphics Paul Landry/Blane Faulk/Holly Broussard/Casey Vercher; Publicity Katie Chiasson/Marjorie Wild; Projection Kevin Broussard; Programs Judy Guillot; Sound Blane Faulk; Photography Laurie Suire; Videography Shane Goff; Backstage Elizabeth LeLeux; Bar Gary Monceaux/Mary Guidry; Revelers Costumes Lisa Dupuis; Spotlights Larry Spaetgens/Jason Privat/Reece Guillot.