Live from New Orleans Mardi Gras 2011, a look at the Rex reviewing stand

Suzanne Stouse By Suzanne Stouse
on March 08, 2011 at 12:00 AM, updated March 08, 2011 at 9:13 AM

The queen of Carnival 2011, Miss Jane Yvonne White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hunter White III, will be toasted today by Rex, Mr. Herschel Lee Abbott Jr., when his parade halts in front of the organization's reviewing stand at the Hotel InterContinental.


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Joining her majesty will be maids of honor Misses Kathryn Vinsant Smith, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Clarence Smith III; Sarah Ilene Talley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Albert Talley Jr.; Caroline Friedrichs Ham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott McDonald Ham; Rita Abigail Sartor, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Alton Oliver Sartor; Laine Baird Kiser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Michael Kiser; Jeanne Rene Barousse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Walter Barousse Jr.; Evelyn Taylor Zimmermann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmermann; and Caroline McEnery Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McEnery Robertson.

The dukes are Messrs. Oliver Stanislaus Delery III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delery Jr.; Alexander Dimitry Sloss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynes R. Sloss; Matthew Charles Usdin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven William Usdin; Michael Charbonnet Eastman, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Perry Eastman III; Millard Bland Morrison Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Morrison; Charles James Van Horn Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Horn; George Ellsworth Brower III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brower II; and Patrick Gore Brennan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Owen Brennan.

Pages, who ride in the parade, are Masters William Bell Wisdom III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Morgan Wisdom; and Stephen Price Petagna Jr., son of Mr. Petagna and Mrs. Elinor Bright Petagna.

Miss White will be wearing a French boucle' wool suit in winter white, with the classic Chanel jacket featuring ecru and winter-white braided trim with eyelash detail, an element repeated on the belt and vented sides, and on the straight skirt. Her off-white English riding hat, with French lace from Calais and English quille from Nottingham, was designed by Yvonne La Fleur. Matching accessories include kid gloves, purse and shoes.

Miss Barousse's suit is of royal blue wool crepe, trimmed with accents of black crepe and featuring a long, fitted jacket and pencil skirt. Her ensemble is completed by black leather pumps, royal blue gloves and a black mesh hat finished with a bow in back and a royal-blue band around the brim.

Miss Ham will be wearing a kelly-green, pleated, shawl-collar jacket and a pencil skirt. Her black felt hat is accented with purple hydrangeas and ribbons in Carnival colors. Black shoes, gloves and a black, quilted purse complete her ensemble.

Miss Kiser has chosen a bright yellow worsted-wool suit. The short jacket features a ruffled collar that extends down the center; the straight skirt is finished with a flounced hem. Her accessories are a black hat with a large, yellow, silk bow; black gloves and a Chanel quilted purse.

Miss Robertson will have on a classic wool crepe day suit in pink, the three-button, form-fitting, princess-cut design featuring a stylized collar. Her floppy felt hat in taupe bears fuchsia-colored ribbon, vintage bronze-and-chocolate Swiss netting, and French velvet and silk flowers on a bed of feathers in earth tones. A classic chocolate-brown Hampton clutch bag and suede, open-toe pumps in a chocolate color finish her ensemble.

Miss Sartor's ensemble includes a coral-colored Italian-silk faille suit with a pencil skirt and a fitted jacket with three-quarter length sleeves and pearl and gold buttons. She wears a brown hat trimmed in coral ribbon and French silk flowers, and a brown purse, shoes and gloves.

Miss Smith wears a hopsack steel-blue suit with pleats on the jacket and the skirt's waist band. Her hat is a gray oversize cloche with cadet-blue velvet ribbon, French ostrich feathers and Swiss dot netting. Her shoes are of taupe-colored suede, with delicate metallic gold piping lining the vintage-shoe-inspired narrow, high-cut openings on slim, set-back heels. She will be wearing blue leather gloves.

Miss Talley has selected a jade-colored suit made of lightweight English wool crepe. Her semi-fitted jacket with V neckline is worn atop a dress made of the same wool crepe and featuring straight lines and a boat neck. She wears a Chanel-style Milan straw hat trimmed with antique jade ribbon and a French-style cabbage rose with Chanel dot veiling. Her ensemble is completed with black patent pumps and a jade-colored clutch purse.

Miss Zimmerman has on a turquoise silk and linen tweed suit. The fitted jacket has three covered buttons, a rounded collar and pockets and bell cuffs styled with pin-tuck accents; the pencil-skirt suit bears turquoise piping. Her hat is of dove-gray felt finished with dark gray French ribbon and teal netting and accented with a chartreuse and teal velvet flower. She wears gray accessories.

Mrs. White, mother of the queen, wears a raspberry-colored boucle' suit with pewter bugle-beaded accents on the collar. Her ash-colored felt hat is decorated with a wide French silk ribbon of raspberry- and cream-colored plaid. Her accessories include a bone-colored purse and shoes, and gray kid gloves.

Mrs. Abbott, the wife of Rex, has chosen an apple-green Italian-silk shantung suit designed by Mary Williams. A fitted jacket with detail matching that of her Panama fedora hat is worn with a cowl-neck blouse of silk charmeuse. The ensemble is completed with snakeskin pumps and coordinating purse and gloves.

As Rex reaches the Hotel InterContinental, the parade will halt to receive a toast from the chairman of the Rex Committee for Carnival Day, Mr. R. King Milling. Rex will give a toast to his queen and court, presenting her majesty with the traditional bouquet of spring blossoms in purple, green and gold. He will then present a bouquet of long-stemmed yellow roses to his wife.

Tables in the Pontalba Room of the hotel, where the royal party has brunch before the parade, will be decorated with sunburst arrangements of Parma violets, bright jonquils and greenery tied in streamers in Carnival hues.

The queen's chaperones for the day include Mmes. Gerard W. Barousse, Richard Barnett, Robert H. Boh, Richard J. Brennan Jr., Alfred W. Brown III, Christian T. Brown, John D. Charbonnet, J. Kelly Duncan, Barry M. Fox, Ronald James French, Louis L. Frierson, Stephen W. Hales, Palmer Hamilton, William H. Hines, Richard C. Inabnett, Frank Ingraham, Harry B. Kelleher Jr., John P. (Jack) Laborde, R. Parker LeCorgne, Denis H. McDonald, E. Dean Miller, R. King Milling, John L. Ochsner, Jefferson G. Parker, R. Hunter Pierson, Eugene R. Preaus, Michael Joseph Rapier, James J. Reiss Jr., Blair F. Scanlon Jr., Leonard C. Tallerine Jr., Shaun Clovis Viguerie, John G. Weinmann, Thomas D. Westfeldt II and H. Hunter White Jr.; and Mrs. Claudia Fitz-Hugh Kelleher; Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry, U.S. Coast Guard; Dr. Maury Offutt; Mrs. Virginia Borah Slaughter; Princess Letezia Ruspoli; and Miss Kathryn Turner.

Assisting chairman Mr. Milling were vice chairmen of the Rex committee for Carnival Day, Messrs. Louis L. Frierson and R. Hunter Pierson. Committee members were Messrs. Gerard W. Barousse, Beauregard L. Bassich, Robert Henry Boh, Alfred W. Brown III, Brooke H. Duncan II, Barry M. Fox, Harry B. Kelleher Jr., Denis H. McDonald, Jefferson G. Parker, Eugene R. Preaus, Michael J. Rapier, Andrew Rinker Jr., Blair F. Scanlon Jr., Leonard C. Tallerine Jr. and H. Hunter White Jr.; Drs. Stephen W. Hales, Ronald J. French and John L. Ochsner; Prince Alessandro Ruspoli; John G. Weinmann; and Christian T. Brown, ex officio.


WWL: Live parade coverage from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-empted soaps 'Young and the Restless' and 'Bold and the Beautiful' will air on tape delay at 1:07 a.m. and 2:07 a.m., respectively.

WDSU: Live parade coverage from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-empted soap 'Days of Our Lives' will air at 1:05 a.m.

WVUE: Live parade coverage from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WYES: 'Rex Ball and Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus,' 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.; repeated in its entirety from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.