Krewe of Cypress goes 'Into the Woods'

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
From left: Ball Captain Ragan White, King Robert Samson, Queen Abigail Samson and Ball Captain Ryan White.

The Plaquemine Krewe of Cypress Ball Captains, Kynan and Ragan White, invited members and guests to join them for an evening of folklore and fairytales as they entered “Into the Woods”.

The annual Krewe of Cypress ball was held at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center in Plaquemine on Saturday, February 11.

Representing the Kisatchie National Forest was King Cypress the 38th, Robert A. Samson along with Queen Cypress the 38th, Miss Abigail Melise Samson.

Miss Samson is the daughter of the King and Mrs. Robert Samson.  The King wore green velvet pants trimmed with gold and a white jeweled shirt.  An ecru lace vest with gold trim and multicolored stones completed his costume and a short train of green velvet with a cypress tree fell from his shoulders.  At the neck was a green and velvet ascot with a green and gold pin.

Miss Samson wore a gown of ecru colored lace with gold jeweling over gold satin.  Her gown was trimmed in multicolored crystals and stones.  Her train of green velvet featured a cypress tree with cattails an an egret.  It was designed with colors depicting the sky, water and grass.  Her medici was an array of green feathers with gold sequin trim and stones.  The train was edged with white feather trim and she wore a traditional gold crown.

Ball Captain Ragan White wore blue jean shorts with a sequin navy top and red boots.  Mr. White dressed in blue jean overalls with a red shirt.

Representing Russia’s Siberian Forest were Maid Kelsey Olive Parchman, daughter of Kim and Ron Naumann of Fayetteville, Tx. and Duke Jason P. Allemond.

Miss Parchman wore a jeweled royal blue bustier with black sequin pants and white boots.  A jeweled blue lame’ duster trimmed in white fur and a white fur hat completed her costume.  Mr. Allemond was attired in a white jeweled shirt, black pants and black boots with a jeweled blue lame’ duster.  The duster was trimmed in black fur and he wore a black fur hat.

Maid Emily Iledah Aucoin, daughter of Timmy and Suzanne Aucoin, along with escort Duke Jeffrey P. Bongiovanni, visited from the Enchanted Forest.

Miss Aucoin was attired in a jeweled green lace over satin costume with jeweled leaves with gold trim from the waist.  Her neckline was edged with gold jeweled lace and appliques.  Duke Bongiovanni wore copper brown pants with a lime green satin shirt and a jeweled copper brown vest.  A gold collar with green and gold stones and a brown hat completed his costume.

From deep within South America’s Amazon Rainforest came Maid Elise Michelle Port, daughter of Dana and Joseph Porto of Napoleonville, La.  She was escorted by Duke Mason LeBlanc, son of Tommy and Joey LeBlanc.

Miss Port is the niece of Dean and Kitty Martin.  She wore a teal blue satin midriff top with black lace sleeves and multicolored skirt.  The bottom of her skirt was trimmed in teal blue feather.  Her back-piece consisted of teal, pink and dark green plumes to resemble a peacock’s fan.  Mr. LeBlanc wore a vest and skirt of purple over satin.  His collar was the same fabric as vest and trimmed in pale turquoise feathers.  His headpiece was designed with pink, teal blue and white feathers.

Maid Katie Lucille Grant and Duke Patrick J. Landry arrived from the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan.  

Miss Grant is the daughter of Carl Prentiss and Lisa Grant of New Iberia, La. and granddaughter of Ms. Peggy Grant.  She wore a gown of red jeweled lace trimmed with turquoise and gold satin.  Her gown was jeweled with gold sequins, stones and crystals.  She carried a red jeweled parasol.  Mr. Landry’s attire featured turquoise pants with red and gold tunic, gold breastplate and a red jeweled collar.

Krewe members provided entertainment during the Tableau portraying the Rougaroo, Forrest Gump, Dolly Parton and dancers from the Appalachian Mountains.

Following the Tableau and Royal Promenade, the Krewe royalty, members and guests danced to music provided by The Issue.

Photos courtesy of Aaron Cormier Photography in Baton Rouge.