Mardi Gras Madness
Mardi Gras 1893 — Kings and Queens Ball
The earliest public record that details a celebration for a Pass Christian Mardi Gras season is captured from a Coast Beacon article reprinted by the Sea Coast Echo of Bay St. Louis on February 18, 1893.
“King and Queen Ball, Pass Christian, on Thursday evening last, was given at the McIntyre House, in this place which proved one of the most pleasant social events of the season. Among those who gracefully figured in the dancing and creditably represented royalty, were Messrs. Sydney Saucier, Frank Hughes, Roderick McIntosh, Jr., Charles Taconi, and Leon Capdepon as Kings; with Misses Belle Tonry, N. Courtenay, M. Christovich, Annie Cronovich, and Katie Farrell as Queens.”
St Joseph’s Mardi Gras Association
Miss Emilie Farrell was Queen Christiana
Elwood Abbley was King Christian II
Maids: Margaret Gause and Elmire Farrel
Dukes: Fred Sutter and John Farrell
J.D. Tschopic was King Christian IV
Margaret P. Gause was Queen Christiana
Dukes: Bernard Hayden, Bernard Knost, Philip St. J. Ambler, E.A. Lang, Sr., Bidwell Adams, Luther Barksdale
Maids: Effie T. Allen, Elena P Fitzpatrick, Jane Lang, Druscilla Courtenay, Clara Mae Arnold.
Miss Myrtle Spence (later McDermott) was Queen Christiana
William Hursey, Jr. was King Christian V
The Ball was held at the Grey Castle Hotel
Leo Mc Dermott was King Christian VIII
Miss Irene Northrop (later Cook) was Queen
Dr. CD Taylor, Jr. was King Christian XX
Martha Ford was Queen Christiana
King Christian XXX was James C. Simpson
His Queen was Mrs. Inez Wittmann Pogue
The initiation of the Official Mardi Gras Banner was introduced that year, measuring five feet by three feet of purple, green, and gold satin, being carried on poles into the Ball and presented to the King and Queen.
Each year afterward, Mrs. Julia Hanson Cerra has continued the tradition by making the banners for the new kings and queens.
St Paul’s Carnival Association
H Richard Bishop was King Christian LXII
Ms Julie Wittmann/Howard was Queen
Mardi Gras 1994 — 64th observance in the Pass
Reigning under the theme “Take a Number, Please” were H. Steely Beard as King Christian XIV and Kathleen Mays as Queen Christiana as they presided over the Carnival Ball on February 12th in the St. Paul Gymnasium.
Master of Ceremonies Donald Rafferty acknowledged the Ball Captain with continued secrecy, past kings and queens were introduced and seated, as were the 1993 royal pair, W.H. “Winky” Yarborough and Barbara Parker-Swilley.
With much pomp and style, Queen Kathleen Mays was escorted by her father, Thomas Cannon, trailed by little maids, Jennifer Mays and Amy Beard.
Following the grand march by the royal pair, callout dancers enjoyed the music of Dr. Rock and the Interns.
The Sunday Parade began with overcast skies, a chilling wind and the threat of rain. By start time of one o’clock, it was sunny and bright. There were 73 floats, several marching groups, and various other attractions. The Sheriff’s vehicles headed the parade with Grand Marshall Kessie right behind.
Mardi Gras 1997 — 82nd St Paul parade
The Carnival Ball, held Saturday evening, February 8, 1997 was reigned over by King Christian LXVII State Representative Jim Simpson, Jr. and Queen Christiana Sharon Bentz. The doubloon paid tribute to St. Paul’s 150th Sesquicentennial anniversary celebrations as designed by Kim Wittmann-Necaise.
Sunday’s parade started up at one o’clock with 81 units participating. There were numerous prize winners displaying their orginality with bursts of fun and frivolity.