The Mystik Krewe de Rue Royale Revelers’ inaugural Conclave of Grand Revelers will be held on the evening of June 20 at the home of Krewe founder and Lord of Misrule Frank Perez.
Jeff Palmquist (GR I), Will Antill (GR II), Felicia Phillips (GR IV), and Frank Perez (GR V) (Rip Naquin, GR III, passed away in 2017) will cloister to deliberate the selection of Grand Reveler VI. After the conclave is concluded, the Lord of Misrule and the previous Grand Revelers will emerge on Perez’s corner balcony overlooking Royal and St. Ann Streets to release either black or white smoke. Black smoke indicates a Grand Reveler has not been selected. White smoke indicates a Grand Reveler has been selected. The Conclave of Revelers will meet monthly until a new Grand Reveler is chosen.
Carnival enthusiasts, interested parties, hopeful revelers, and the general public are invited to gather at the corner of St. Ann and Royal Streets during the conclave to await the decision of the Conclave. Anticipants should expect the smoke to be released between 7:45pm and 8:00pm.
The revelation of the Grand Reveler is the highlight of krewe’s near-legendary 12th Night Party, which kicks off the Carnival Season each year. The Mistik Krewe de Rue Royale Revelers was founded in 2013 and held its first 12th Night Party in 2014 at Perez’s home. The first Grand Reveler was crowned in 2015. By 2018, the party had outgrown its humble origins and is now held at various venues in the French Quarter.