Krewe of Olympus celebrates 26th annual ball
Dr. Robert F. Richard, King Ares XXVI
Melina Mouton, Queen Athena XXVI
Royal Duke Cory Steven Hebert and Royal Maid Laney Danielle LaCaze
Royal Duke Daniel Luke Noel and Royal Maid Lauren Ashley Noel
Royal Duke Doug Anthony Lee and Royal Maid Ashley Erin LaCaze
Royal Duke Obie Hulin and
Royal Maid Amanda Nicole Breaux
By Lisa Soileaux, Assistant Editor, Rayne Acadian-Tribune
The Krewe of Olympus celebrated their 26th annual carnival ball and pageant on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the CajunDome Convention Center Ballroom. With the Krewe’s historical roots centered around the City of Scott it was only fitting the entrance to the ballroom was themed to travel down the Old Spanish Trail to portray the history of the foundation of the original Krewe as the theme for this year’s ball was “It’s Where the West Begins.”
Reigning over the festivities were his majesty King Ares XXVI, Dr. Robert F. Richard, and her majesty Queen Athena XXVI, Melina Marie Mouton.
Entering first was the Captain of this year’s ball, King Ares XXIV, Caffery James Dugas, II. He portrayed Wyatt Earp, the Marshal of Tombstone and was elegantly attired in a long black duster jacket and vest. With the wave of his black hat, badge, and pistols he ordered that the royal festivities of the evening began.
His Royal Majesty, King Ares XXVI, Dr. Robert F. Richard, entered the ballroom wearing a white western formal tailcoat with black pants. A black western string tie and personalized belt buckle accentuated the attire. Just as Roy Rogers was the King of the cowboys, King Ares emblazoned red train was edged with a side border of gold lame and banded with decorative braid and an inner rim of jeweled lace. The center of the train was appliqued with the heavily sequined and jeweled crest of the Krewe. The King wore a black cowboy hat upon which was affixed the crown worn by his uncle J.B. Richard, King Ares XI as well as his cousin Donald Richard, King Ares XV. The Kings formal attire was complimented with a royal scepter featuring a Fleur-de-Lis with ruby accents.
Dr. Richard has previously served as a Royal Duke for the Krewe and is married to the former Carla Martin. They are the parents of four children and grandparents of two. Dr. and Mrs. Richard’s two daughters have served as past Queens of the Krewe, Rebecca as Queen Athena XVI and Catherine as Queen Athena XXIII. Dr. Richard retired in 2009 after a 35 year career with LSU and is now currently the principal at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Scott since 2010.
Her Royal Majesty, Queen Athena, XXVI, Melina Mouton, is the daughter of Robert and Connie Mouton. She wore a white Michelangelo ball gown with a strapless satin bodice and scalloped trim. It was delicately embellished with embroidered silver and white floral lace, accented by shiny white pearls and sparkling sequins. The beautifully ornate Basque waist was entirely enveloped by an amazing décor that softly cascaded down the full ball gown skirt, consisting of layers upon layers of fluffy white tulle, truly befitting a lady such as Dale Evans, the Queen of the West. This back of the dress had a row of tiny satin covered mock buttons. Her gold and silver mantel was encrusted with crystals and jewels and was attached to her royal red velvet train matching the one worn by the king, but honoring Athena. The queen’s crown was an elegantly elevated majestic royal tiara enhanced with jewels as was her scrolled motif scepter.
Ms. Mouton is the daughter of Connie and Robert Mouton and is from Scott. She is a graduate of Acadiana high School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She is currently employed as a third grade teacher at L. Leo Judice Elementary School in Scott and is also a dance teacher at the Scott Academy of Dance. She held the title of Miss Scott in 2005/2006 and also served as a Royal Maid to Queen Athena XXV.
The royal maids each represented one of the fairest maidens from the Old West and each emerged from beneath the royal entrance porch and was recognized, met, and escorted by their Royal Dukes.
Royal Duke Daniel Luke Noel escorted Royal Maid Lauren Ashley Noel. Lauren is the daughter of Royal Duke Daniel Noel and Rosalyn Noel. They collectively represented Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley.
Royal Duke Doug Anthony Lee escorted Royal Maid Ashley Erin LaCaze. Ashley is the daughter of Connie and Richard LaCaze. They collectively represented Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
Royal Duke Obie Hulin escorted Royal Maid Amanda Nicole Breaux. Amanda is the daughter of Yvette and Andrew Breaux. They collectively represented Butch Cassidy and Etta Place.
Royal Duke Cory Steven Hebert escorted Royal Maid Laney Danielle LaCaze. Laney is also the daughter of Connie and Richard LaCaze. They collectively represented Jessie James and Belle Starr.
Court Jester to Ares and Athena was Katie Weber, daughter of Denise and Greg Weber.
Narrator for the evening was Gary Arnold and the Commodore of the Krewe of Olympus for 2013-2014 was Carolyn Cormier-Stoute.