‘A Mystical Masquerade’ themes inaugural Phoenix Fête | Mardi Gras

The Mystical Order of the Phoenix staged its inaugural “Phoenix Fête: a Mystical Masquerade” Saturday at the Grand Oaks Mansion, Mardi Gras World.

This first gala was a tribute to the birth of the organization, rising from the ashes of Mardi Gras 2020 with the purpose of uniting women of diverse backgrounds for fun, friendship and the merriment of Mardi Gras. In addition, the order fosters a spirit of sisterhood while engaging in charitable activities and outreach.

The presentation began with the introduction of board and founders, including Ms Chanel Labat, Mrs Kara Borasch, Mrs Kelli Wright, Mrs Allison Frazier, Ms Dawn Frick, Mrs Carla Catalano, Ms Karen Boudrie, Ms Micky Milton, Ms Selina Boone, Mrs Jennifer Edwards, Ms Gigi Saak and Ms Heather Nichols.

The Keepers of the Flame, a group of horseback riders who serve to protect and support the royalty on parade day, included Jason Tullos, Rhett Gonzales, David Melancon, Miliss McKay Christman and Julie Wheeler-Luna.

Previous royals were presented, including Gemelle Martin Linzy, Phoenix I, the first “Fire” Phoenix, and Carolyn “Lynn” Precup Isbell, Phoenix II, the first “Ice” Phoenix.

Reigning as Phoenix III was Ms. Shelby Elizabeth Saak, daughter of Mr. Robert and Mrs. Shelly Saak. She is the granddaughter of Phoenix I.

Her regalia was fashioned with a black sequined gown adorned with flame appliques and stones finished with imported rhinestone trimming at the neck. The ensemble also featured a matching cape with red, orange and gold highlights and adorned with Phoenix “Fire” wings of orange, red and yellow Coque feathers highlighted with Austrian Swarovski crystal stones accented in black.

Following the formal presentation, guests were treated to food, drinks and music by NOLA Dukes.

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