Brigands 2015


Since 1955 Les Brigands de Lafitte have been known for their raucous celebration of the Carnivale season, and this year the masked krewe of pirates was in fine form once again. With dukes costumed as Super Heroes escorting the maidens of the court in white debutante gowns, the tableau was as colorful as ever.


As is tradition, dozens of lucky Ladies in Waiting, call out cards in hand, lined up at the door for hours in advance of the ball, angling for prime seating along the ballroom floor. INDStyle award-winning photographer Robin May snapped a few pre-ball portraits as respected fashion designer Raoul Blanco took note of Les Dames de la Porte.


"This was a new tradition for me. It was a night of bubbly, fabulous ladies and fun," he said. "It was good to see the elegant furs in the evening's chill, and the gowns were gorgeous. I saw lots of blouson and drape details, recalling vintage '80s lines in design. And the attention hair and make-up showed real flair and beauty. I had a fabulous time!"


This year's Maids of Honor included Amy Elisabeth Babineaux, Virginia Ann Bech, Caroline Renee Blanchet (crowned queen of the ball at the end of the tableau, as is custom for Brigands), Elizabeth Renee Domingue, EliseMonjure Dunaway, Ashley Elizabeth Mouton LaFrance, Meghan Elizabeth Perks and JoAnn Lucy Texada.


Photos by Robin May



 Caption: Everyone loves a pirate! Toasting Les Gens des Brigands... / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Melanie Cook and Donna Mellington. / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Becky Domingue, Pam David, Neetzie David, Donna Mellington, Jamie Hebert and Bonnie Humphries. / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Merilyn Crain, Cherry Fisher May and Sudie Mann / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: To the moon: Brigands Ladies in Waiting taost the memory of longtime red-coated security chief Larry Moon, who passed away a few weeks before the ball. / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Cherry Fisher May, Raoul Blanco and Merilyn Crain / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Floor committeemen Damon Moroux and Blaine Goodrich / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Marianne Lane and Chase Vallot / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Floor committeemen Pat McCarthy and Bill Humphries / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Raoul Blanco and Cherry Fisher May / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Abby Perkins, Hazelanne Yongue, Sara Virginia Yongue and Arlene Duke. / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Floor committeemen Pete Piccione and George DeGravelles / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Raemona Mouton and Lennie Sobiesk / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Amy Guiberteau, Carolyn Crain Broussard and Brigitte LaCour / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Carolyn Crain Broussard and Merilyn Crain / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Jackie Cefalu and Merilyn Crain / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Sterling Lejeune, eighteen year veteran of the floor committee and a decade of chairing the gallant team of escorts for the Brigands ball. / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Claire Sails, Mac Francez and Mimi Francez / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Sterling Lejeune and Cherry Fisher May / Credits: Photo by Robin May
 Caption: Rachel Blanchet and Jeanne Marie Blanchet / Credits: Photo by Robin May