Felicia Philips, the Cheese Queen of New Orleans, took on a new title as she was crowned Grand Reveler IV at the Mistik Krewe de le Rue Royale Revelers’ annual Twelfth Night Party on January 6 at the Double Play Bar.
A crowd of over 200 revelers packed the bar as Krewe Captain and Lord of Misrule Frank Perez, echoing the words of Aubrey Synclaire, declared, “For giving out hand-jobs at the Phoenix like government cheese, I dub thee The Cheese Reveler.”
Philips was accompanied by his two lieutenants Misti Gaither and Madison Faile. Before the coronation, Philips was preceded on the stage by a procession of former Grand Revelers Jeffrey Palmquist and Will Antill. The outgoing Grand Reveler, Rip Naquin, passed away in August. Standing in for him was his sister, Cathy Naquin Vaughn.
The traditional Meeting of the Courts followed the coronation. King Cake Queen Monica Synclaire-Kennedy of the Krewe of Queenateenas took the stage and toasted Philips.
The Krewe de le Rue Royale Revelers was founded in 2014 and grew out of Frank Perez’ annual 12th Night Party. The Carnival Season begins on January 6 and culminates on Mardi Gras.