in the spotlight
Volume 22/Issue 4/2004

KCQ XI Ms. L Ford Heralds in Gay Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street; Local Royalty~Public Officials Among Guests

The Receiving Line ~ King Cake Queen XI of Gay Mardi Gras: The Dragon Queen, Ms. L Ford, Krewe of Queenateenas' Co-Captains Marsha & Rip Naquin-Delain

The 11th annual King Cake Queen of Gay Mardi Gras Coronation Bash heraled in the presentation of Ms. L Ford as The Dragon Queen reigning as King Cake Queen XI. As KCQ XI, Ms. L Ford, will lead the Krewe of Queenateenas' 17th Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss: Drums, Drags & Dragons on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2pm, at Ambush Headquarters, 828 Bourbon St. in New Orleans. Visit www.GayMardiGras.COM.

Hosted at the Ambush complex, the coronation bash welcomed local royalty, public officials and invitees representing many facets of both gay and straight society.

Guests were greeted via a receiving line with KCQ XI Ms. L Ford and the Co-Captains of the Krewe of Queenateenas, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain in the Ambush offices on the first floor. Over 500 guests attended the celebration. Here guests could sample Peking duck & smoked alligator stir-fry with baby corn, straw mushrooms & Oriental vegetables, and Pagoda marinated ginger mozzarella & lychee moons. From there, guests could choose between the beer & wine bar in the slave quarter off the patio, or liquor & soft drinks located in Belle Lainís Magnolia Bar on the second floor landing leading into the private upstairs mansion of the Naquin-Delainís.

Guests entered through the main hall on the second floor leading to the formal parlor, dining room and World famous Ambush headquarters Bourbon St. balcony. In the dining room, the remainder of the Imperial China Wildlife Feast, prepared personally by the Naquin-Delainís was served. There was Mongolian tri-pepper venison, wild boar teriyaki with shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy & snow peas, Dowager Empress sweet & sour shrimp rollups, Dragon wasabi caviar drum, and Chinese Drag smoked oyster loaf. Cream cheese filled king cake by Swiss Confectionery was also served. The wild game was courtesy of the Chaisson Family of Morgan City, sister and brother-in-law to Rip Naquin-Delain.

The Naquin-Delainís third floor boudoir was also open to accommodate the large crowd.

New Orleans Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson was the first public official to arrive followed by New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin. Both officials stayed through the remainder of the party mingling with other guests. The Mayor addressed the crowd from the patio stairs touting the inclusiveness of his administration with all factions making up the gumbo community in New Orleans. Together he urged that we "move New Orleans forward."

The King Cake Queen Royalty Club was also 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 and KCQ X The Voodoo Queen, Teryl-Lynn Foxx.

Fellow New Orleansí krewe royalty was in abundance as well. The Krewe of Amon-Ra was represented by Queen Amon-Ra XXXIX Michael "Fish" Hickerson, Queen Amon-Ra XXXVIII Gizelle Bouvier, King & Queen Amon-Ra XXXVII Ann Sauve & Tittie Toulouse, King & Queen Amon-Ra XXXVI Jay Cooper & Electra City, Amon-Ra Queen XXXIII Lauren Brown, Queen Amon Ra XXVII Kenny Walker and Amon Ra Solstice King I Jerry Scavo.

Krewe of Armeinius royalty included Queen Armeinius XXXVI Blanche DeBris, Queen Armeinius XXXV Rosario DíAmico and former Armeinius royalty Charles Turberville and Albert Carey.

The Krewe of Mwindo was represented by Captain Evans Alexander, King & Queen Mwindo VI Larry Jones & Katie Rivers, Queen Mwindo II James Swire and Queen Mwindo I Thomas Franklin.

Krewe of Petronius royalty included Queen Petronius XLII Toni Pizanie, King Petronius XLI Jerry Meis, Queen Petronius XXXVIII Tom Conners and Queen Petronius XXXIII Phyllis Denmark.

The Krewe of Satyricon was represented by King & Queen Satyricon II David Boyd & Bianca Del Rio and Queen Satyricon I Becky Allen.

Lord Consort XVI Mickey Hebert, Mr. Louisiana Leather XVI Tim Lott, Ms. Louisiana Leatherette II Savanna DeLorean, Mr. Louisiana Leather IX Melvin Knight and Miss Louisiana Leatherette I Princesse Stephaney represented the Lords of Leather.

There was also a huge representation of area Ambush clients, businesses, personalities and friends.

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