Volume 22/Issue 24/2004

Savanna DeLorean will reign as King Cake Queen XII of Gay Mardi Gras: The
Amazon Queen,
according to Co-Captains of the Krewe of Queenateenas,
Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain
. DeLorean will lead the 18th Annual Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, 2pm, from world famous Ambush Headquarters at 828 Bourbon St. in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of Larry Graham, GrahamStudioOne.COM)

The new King Cake Queen (KCQ) is Miss Gay Pride Fest 2004 and Miss Louisiana Leatherette 2004, has entertained throughout the city, and is bartender Sunday nights at Le Roundup, 819 St. Louis St.

DeLorean will celebrate the 2005 theme of Jungles, Jewels & Jocks and will be presented to society at the by invitation only KCQ XII Coronation Bash on Sun., Jan. 23, 2005. This year the coronation will feature the live auction of the renowned David Egg created by Sylvia Frank and Pat Skelly benefiting Buzzy's Boys & Girls. Minimum bid is $500.

Additionally, the King Cake Queen Royalty Club will be honored including: KCQ II Jewel of the Nile, Jay A. Loomis; KCQ III The Rainbow Queen, the late Smurf Murphy; KCQ IV Pearl of the Sea, Reba Douglas; KCQ V The She Devil, Elizabeth Simms; KCQ VI The Czarina, the late Christine Cheridon [Sonny Cheridon Cleveland]; KCQ VII Sex Goddess, Stephanie Williams; KCQ VIII The Peacock Queen, Phyllis Denmark; KCQ IX The Freedom Queen, Lisa Beaumann, KCQ X The Voodoo Queen, Teryl-Lynn Foxx, and KCQ XI The Dragon Queen, Ms. L Ford.

It all began back in 1987 when a group of some 400 guests joined Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain for their first Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss at their then, new home, at 828 Bourbon St. The following year, guests were limited to 50, thus enabling revelers greater access and movement on the balcony. The group was dubbed the Krewe of Queenateenas that year by Jay Ann Loomis, a close friend of the Naquin-Delainís, making them co-captains of the revelers. The balcony was converted and decorated into what is now known as Queenateenas Balcony Float #69.

In following years, the balcony has taken on its own themes of Carnival. As a joke in 1994, the co-captains chose a King Cake Queen to lead the festivities Carnival day. This was the beginning of a new tradition for the Queenateenas. Now, each year the co-captains select the individual who works the crowds the best for beads as the only criteria for selecting the following yearís King Cake Queen.

For more on the King Cake Queens, visit the Official Gay Mardi Gras site GayMardiGras.COM.


Ball Captains Gary Delaune and Tip Varnadore flank and present Queen and King Amon Ra XL (40), Ricky (Allee) Callais (past treasurer) and Randall Brown (special lieutenant) at the lavish announcement reception hosted at the co-captains mansion in Metairie. Their Royal Majesties will reign over the Krewe of Amon Ra's 40th Anniversary Bal Masque on Sat., Jan. 22, 2005, 8pm, at the St. Bernard Cultural Center. For more information, visit KreweofAmonRa.ORG.



The Official Portrait of Queen and King Amon Ra XL Ricky (Allee) Callais and Randall Brown by renowned photographer Larry Graham, GrahamStudioOne.COM.



Tony & Sheila DiCioccio welcomed guests to the House Warming Party of their new Bourbon St. residence at 830 Bourbon in New Orleans. The couple have completed extensive restoration of the property to it's 1800's grandeur.


Family members Ian Smith, Eddie Domingue and Jason Kirkpatrick greet guests celebrating the life, love and laughter of Bill Lester in Uptown New Orleans. Lester was a founding member of SoDecadent, Inc. and Equality Louisiana, a member of Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus, the Capital Club, P-FLAG and Co-Chair of New Orleans Alliance of Pride.



Bar Baron Javier Sandoval celebrated his Birthday Bash with a Mexican buffet and show at Starlight By The Park in New Orleans.


The Pfister Sisters join pianist Josh Paxton, and Chet's Pub's JR Stansbury and Chet Robin for their smash USO cabaret concert benefiting the Krewe of Petronius at Chet's Pub in New Orleans.



Crescent Crown Distributors' Jennifer Lalumia, Southern Decadence Grand Marshal Donnie Jay, Coors Brewing Company Corporate Relations Manager Douglas Sanborn, Ninth Circle's "Irish" Mike and (front) Coors Brewing Company On Premise Louisiana Executive Amanda M. Lemoine enjoy cocktails at Ninth Circle at in New Orleans.


The winners of the Mr. H.O.T. Bear 2004 weekend at Chain Drive in Austin, Texas included: Mr. H.O.T. Bear Shannon, Mr. H.O.T. Cub Pooch, Mr. H.O.T. Grizzly Peter and Mr. H.O.T. Polar Bear Rick.

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