Photo © GrahamStudioOne.COM
Photo © GrahamStudioOne.COM
The official portrait of King Cake Queen X, Teryl-Lynn Foxx was unveiled at the 10th Anniversary King Cake Queen (KCQ) Coronation Bash. The party
was hosted by the Krewe of Queenateenas celebrating "Vamps, Virgins & Voodoo" at Ambush Headquarters, 828 Bourbon St., New Orleans.
As Official Gay Mardi Gras Photographer, Larry Graham, of GrahamStudioOne.COM, also produced and unveiled the 2003 Official Gay Mardi Gras Poster featuring the image of Foxx [right], as well. The poster is $20 and on sale at www.GayMardiGras.COM.
As King Cake Queen X, Fox reigns as The Voodoo Queen leading the 16th Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss on Mardi Gras Day, Mar. 4th, 1pm, from Ambush's world famous balcony.
A record 463 guests turned out for the affair which was hosted throughout the Bourbon Street mansion. Members of the King Cake Queen Royalty Club [right], in attendance, included KCQ Emeritus & KCQ II Jay Loomis, KCQ IV Arthur Severio, KCQ VIII Phyllis Denmark, KCQ IX Lisa Beaumann and KCQ X Teryl-Lynn Foxx. KCQ V Liz Simms and KCQ VII Stephanie Williams were unable to attend. The soiree also honored the late KCQ VI Christine Cheridon (Sonny Cleveland) and the late KCQ II Smurf Murphy.
Queenateenas' Co-Captains Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain greeted guests in the first floor Ambush offices where wild boar and oyster gumbo was served, along with a wine and beer bar. The couple's second and third floor home was also open for the occasion. Guests were served cocktails in Belle Lain's Magnolia Bar on the second floor landing. The parlor, dining room and balcony areas were on this floor as well. The remainder of the Louisiana Wildlife Feast, personally prepared by the Naquin-Delain's, was served in the dining room including Cajun barbequed alligator sausage, venison sauce piquante, roasted eggplant & crawfish pate, hogs head cheese, marinated specialties and assorted cheeses. The huge third floor boudoir was open after KCQ X Teryl-Lynn Foxx came down to be presented with her entourage in the patio area.
The procession was reminiscent of Eddie Murphy's Coming To America movie. The three ladies in waiting, adorned in shimmering silver satin and adorned in jewels, led the procession descending the patio stairs. Each carried a basket. One tossed rose petals, one presented Voodoo Dolls, and one displayed a Voodoo crow, preceding the spectacular entrance of The Voodoo Queen. Foxx was dazzling in silver and black accentuating her gorgeous figure. The now trademark huge KCQ crown of stars sparkled and rested on a coiffure of golden hair.
Even though Mayor Ray Nagin and Councilperson Jackie Clarkson sent their regrets, New Orleans 8th District Police Capt. Louis Dabdoub, III and New Orleans Human Relations Commission Executive Director Larry Bagneris, Jr. made an appearance. All of the local gay carnival clubs were represented as well including Amon Ra, Armeinius, Lords of Leather, Mwindo, Petronius and Satyricon. The Krewe of Apollo Baton Rouge was also in attendance. Guest celebrities and business owners from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Hammond and Plantation, Florida popped in for the soiree. Visit www.GayMardiGras.COM/KCQ.
Queen & King Amon Ra XXXVIII Giselle Bouvier & Pete Eschette reigned over the Krewe of Amon Ra's "Games People Play" 2003 Bal Masque at St. Bernard Cultural Center. The royals were the King & Queen of Chess accompanied by all their human playing pieces.
Big Pearl takes time out for a photo opp during their sold out performance at Kims 940 Night Club, the hottest alternative dance club in the Marigny. The popular band returns to the club on Sun., March 9th at 5:30pm, 940 Elysian Fields, New Orleans. Get the lineup at kims940.com.
Artistic Director Cedric Bridges conducts "I Hope You Dance" during New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus' Love In The Air Concert hosted Valentine's weekend. Dedicated to the late Bill Moore, the concert was presented in the Barn Playhouse at Cowpokes in New Orleans, www.nogmc.com.
Celebs continue to rave as Oz presents absolutely the best show Wednesdays on Bourbon Street, week after week. This King Cake Queens' only number opened the Feb. 19th Illusions Show presenting "Little Whorehouse in Texas". Oz cast regulars KCQ X Teryl-Lynn Foxx and KCQ IX Lisa Beaumann are joined by special guest, KCQ VIII Phyllis Denmark as Dolly. The Mardi Gras show is up next on Feb. 26 kicking off Carnival weekend. Catch the lineup at www.ozneworleans.com. Now you know why Oz has been voted Show Bar/Club of the Year for 7 years.
The Country Club, 634 Louisa, New Orleans, reopened on Feb. 19 as new owner Karl Wilder took over the operation. Guests were treated to hors d'ouevres prepared by Wilder himself. He has just returned from New York to his hometown of New Orleans to pursue this venture. He plans to keep the club open year round which boasts a heated swimming pool and has a huge Mardi Gras lineup ready including his first Full Monty Contest.
The 6th Annual Southern Decadence Party hosted by Brenda and Sharon of Hair Asylum in New Orleans raised enough money to fill a room full of toys for the Pediatric AIDS Unit. A special thank you to Julian and Phil of Urban Earth and all who donated to the cause.
Queen & King Petronius XLII Toni Pizanie [the first female queen in its 42 year history] and Dr. Bill Brandon reigned over the oldest Gay Carnival krewe's fabulous "Killer Ball". Now under the direction of veteran Captain Wally McLaughlin, who designed most of the incredible costumes, the Krewe of Petronius returned to the St. Bernard Cultural Center this year bringing out some 2,000 guests. Petronius refused to pay the excessive charges of the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium for the krewe and overpriced drinks for its guests. King & Queen Petronius XLII were recognized by Mayor Ray Nagin. The Captains, Kings & Queens of Amon Ra, Apollo Baton Rouge, Armeinius, Lords of Leather, Mwindo, POS and ROU Baton Rouge appeared for callouts at this 42nd ball. The Petronius Ball has been held traditionally on the Sunday prior to Mardi Gras weekend for 41 years.
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