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ALBERT BIENVENU. Proprietor. vo
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SATURDAY MARCH 2, 1895. the
Paraded the Streets of St. geh
Martinville in Grand
and Brilliant mc
Pageant. tht
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The Procession was the
the Crandest and the
most Gorgeous bri
Display ever ,
seen in
The Floats were Artistic to
Beauties and were great
ly Admired by the v.
throng of people top
who witnessed D1
this great
Pageant. gr
The People of St. Kartinville ,h
Agog with Fun and ahe
Pleasure. bi
Tuesday last-Mardi Gras-was 7
a day of pleasure and merriment bee
ýn St. Martinville. The Board of pal
Trade conceived last year the idea det
of celebrating the Mardi Gras fee- wh
tivities by a grand parade during his
the day. followed at night by an cro
elegant fancy dress ball, which wit
proved a success beyond the ex- hal
pectation of the members of the sul
board; and had afforded our peo- the
pie dnd the multitude who were me
present on that day, unbounded pet
pleasure and fun. The success of bea
last year was an enconragement 1
for the Board of Trade to again ce- ma
lebrate the Mardi Gras festivities twe
by a grand and gorgeous pageant, 7
which was pronounced by all, the old
grandest display or parade ever wh
seen on the streets of St. Martin- ty r
ville. O1
The weather had been damp, ties
rainy and threatening a few days ble
before this grand pageant, and bul
the roads were consequently bad ap
and muddy, but this did not pre- is
vent large crowds of people who yot
came from every direction; and sip
early in the morning the crowds vig
began to fill our streets and side- fro
walks, and by the hour of the pro- ove
cession, one could hardly oircu- en
Slate, on account of the multitudes car
who crowded our thoroughfares. 80r
The Board of Trade aided by ble
the citizens of the town did all in
their power to give ease and com- ma
fort to the large number of stran- 1
gers who came to attend and take car
part in our glorious festivities. pee
At one o'clock in the evening a int
few maskers clad in rich, beauti- ter
ful costumes made their appear- gor
ance on the streets, and at the lea
same time the mounted marshalls anc
were seen to gather on our main ver
street. The brass bands next ap- loe
pearsed and discoursed some of its
their selections that drew on the ae
galleries and sidewalks the ladies 1
wlo came out to see all that was floe
to be seen, and all seemed anxious 1
not to miss anything. ed
The elegant floats, maskers. whi
marshalls, police and all who had ant
to take place in the grand proces- thr
sion gathered on the Railroad the
Avenue, where the procession was
formed, and awaited the arrival
of the train carrying the Royal
At 3:45 p. m., the whistle of the
locomotive was heard in the dis
tance proclaiming with its hoarse
voice tile arrival of King Kom
merce and his suite. The excite
ment and curiosity ran high at
this moment; the cannon boomed
as the train came roaring at full
speed; music filled the air with
its sweet melodious sounds. Amid
the cheers andt hurrahs the train
came to a standstill and the Royal
party alighted from the cars. His
Royal highness was met by Ma
yor Fleming who in a few well
chosen words, handed to his Ma
jesty, the golden key of the town.
The King and his Dukes than
mounted the Royal Chariot and
the procession marched through
our principal streets, and received
the greetings of the large number
of people who anxiously awaited
the parade of the King with his
brilliant splendors.
The formation of the procession
was in the following order.
Chief of Police Henry Beslin
and a squad of mounted police
marched ahead of the procession
to clear the way. Next came the
Excelsior Brass Band. Following
came a surry containing Mayor A.
V. Fleming who represented the
town authorities and Mr. L. C.
Duchamp, Vice-President of the
Board of Trade, representing the
Board under whose auspices this
grand celebration was.
Next came the King's Marshalls
who were mounted and marched
ahead of the King's chariot. Be
hipd them where two marshalls
and the King's chariot.
This float represented a canopy
beautifully ornamented in fresco,
palms, cut designs, gold etc. Un
der the canopy was the throne on
which the King sat, attended by
his Dukes. He wore the kingly
crown upon his brow, that daule
with brilliancy; he held in his
hand the sceptre that moved the
subjects of his Kingdom. Below
the throne were emblems of com
meroe, science, thrift and pros
perity. This oar was an artistic
Then came twelve mounted
marshalls who followed two by
two, and float No 2.
This car reminded the people of
old St. Martinville, its days past
when the poet described its beau
ty and loveliness many years ago.
Old St. Martinville was personi
tied by an old man weak and fee
ble with the occumulation of years,
but fairy-like is transformed into
a powerful, youthful beauty, who
is royally entertained by his
youthful companions who are all
sipping the nectar of youth and
vigor, which falls in silvery drops
from the umbrella which stands
over their heads, and drip in gold
en cups. The lower part of this
car was covered with luxuriant
flowers, and made an exquisite ta
Again came twelve mounted
marshalls followed by float No 3.
The Eden of Louisiana. This
car represented an arbor of gra
pes, fruits etc. It had two arches
intersecting each other in the oen
ter, on which were artistically
grouped, grapes, fruits, palms,
leaves, vines etc., with the ground
and elevation in the center co
vered with fragrant flowers. This
float was very much admired for
its neatness and beautiful appear
Twelve marshalls followed this
float, and than came float No 4.
This float was a dome support
ed by four massive pillars, upon
which were painted subjects of
antiquities; under the dome was a
throne with steps in front Upon
the throne sat the God of fortune
as and plenty; around him were sub- m
al jecte representing the attributes el
al of Peace, Contentment, Love and t
Friendship. fi
He Here was a squard of thirty tc
a- mounted maskers in beautiful cos- U
se tumes, and following them came a
m- float No 5.
te- This float was followed by a large ao
at number of maskers who joined g
ed the procession on its march. a
i11 This float, which was a contribu- ft
th tion of the St. Martin's Oil Works, cl
id was a large platform on which was U
in an elevation which was covered to
al with freshly ginned cotton; on the p
lis elevation was a red barrel with m
[a- gold hoopes on which was printed oi
ail in gold letters 'Oil' over the bar- a
a- rel was a crescent on which was d
rn. grouped in white bottles, the oils cl
an in their different grades, and in G1
nd gold letters, was the inscription
gh 'St. Martin's Oil Works.' This E
ed car was the representation of in- ai
er dustry. It was built and de- w
ed corated by Messrs Wmin. Millot ai
uis and Adolphe Orillion, employes
of the milL I
on The Loreanville Brass Band ol
marched before the last described N
tin float in the procession, discouring ri
ce sweet music.
on The procession after parading I
he our principal streets came to the el
og church green and formed a grand gi
A. and lovely tableau. The mar- ri
he shalls and maskers under the di
C. rection of Chief Marshall O. J. A
he Durand, made several fancy evo- I
he lutions around the green that was E
us very well executed and mtde a gi
splendid sight.
Ils When the grand tablean was
ed finished, the King and his suite
e-) were escorted to the Knights of at
its Pythias hall, where they prepared J.
themselves for the grand recep- vi
py tion and ball at Duchamp's Hall.
o, At half past seven o'clock the bi
n- King and his suite entered the tl
ýn hall which was packed, and mount- T
by ed the throne which had been erec- cc
ly ted on the stage, to his right, were be
;le the Dukes of the Teche, Attaka- T
Le pas and St. Martin.
he Mr. Dan. W. Voorhies acting as w
ýw the High Chamberlain read the tl
a. proclamation of the King and
is. called as first Maid of honor, Miss c
tic Emma Duchamp, who was escor- it
ted by the marshall to the throne, w
ed where she was received by the a
by Duke of Attakapas.
Miss Laurence Lacaze was an- C
of nounced as the second Maid of
rat honor, and was also escorted by
u- the Marshall to the throne and
o. was received by the Duke of
ii- Teche.
ie- Miss Felicie Durand was au
ra, nounced as the third maid of ho
Ito nor, attended by the marshall,
ho she reached the throne and was
nis received by the Duke of St. Martin. f
i11 The King now proclaims as his
ad Queen, Miss Aimee Gernaud, who
pa entered the hall accompanied by
dc two Marshalls, reached the throne n
d- where she was gracefully received h
ie by his majesty, mated on the
at throne, she was crowned by the d1
King, Queen of the carnival.
When the Boyal ceremonies s
ed were over, the orchestra played a
i. lancers which was danced by the P
ris King, the Queen, the Dukes and i
a. Maids of honor. After the lan- g
es cmrs a grand march was played for ti
n- the maskers who pay their re- I
ly spect to the King and Queen, af- P
ts, tar which the ball took placeo
jd The hall was crowded to its '
Sfutllest capacity by spectators and 0
is dancers. Never havee we seen in 7
or a ball here as many maskers in 51
rr- lovely and brilliant costnmes. P
The number of young ladies was ri
is very large, all attired in fancy
or in full ball dresses. Fun
t and pleasure reigned supreme h
n until the end of the ball which
of lasted until one o'clock.
rn general agent of the St. Martin's
pe Oil Works was King Kom
merce, and filled his part very
elegantly. Mr. Bienvenu is a gen
tleman who has always occupied a
front place in the society of this
town, and has always worked in
the interest and for the advance
ment of his native town.
as Queen was very pretty and ele
gant, she wore a lovely gown of
cream satin in court train, taste
fully trimmed with applique lace,
chiffon and pearl passementrie.
Upon her shoulder rested a man
tel of silk gauze elegantly dra
ped in Grecian style with dia
monds. On her brow was a crown
of dazzling brilliancy. Miss Ger
naud is the daughter of Mr. An
dre Gernaud, a successful mer
chant of St. Martinville. Miss
Gernaud made a lovely Queen.
Duchesse of Attakapas was sweet.
and lovely, she wore a gown of
white silk trimmed with ribbon
and gauze.
Duchesse of Teche, was a picture
of beauty, she wore a maize colo
red gown elegantly trimmed with
ribbon and pink moss buds.
Duchesse of St. Martin, was most
elegant and graceful in a lovely
gown of white satin trimmed with
ribbons, lillies and pearls.
Mr. Pierre Gary, was Duke of
Attakapas, Mr. Hackett Thomas,
Duke of Teche and Mr. George
Eastin Duke of St. Martin. These
gentlemen rendered the personifi
cation of their part admirably.
The floats in this beautiful par
ade was the artistic work of Mr.
J. A. Hitter, an artist of St. Mar
This grand and successful cele
bration was under the auspices of
the St. Martinville Board of
Trade, and was in charge of a
committee composed of T. J. Lab
be, chairman, L. J. Gardemal, F.
T. Guilbeau, K. Schwarty and E.
W. Bienvenu. It is with pleasure
we congratulate the committee on
the success they have achieved.
It is estimated that 8000 per
sons were on the streets here dlur.
ing the Mardi Gras celebration,
which is a very large number for
a town of this size.
The Vigilant Hook and Ladder
Company handed us the follow ing
statement, of receipts and expen
ditures of their ball Mardi Gras:
Bar etc...................0,60
Total ................ 184,85
Expenses: hall, music etc..60,00
Net profits...........8124,85
* The boys have certainly made a
financial as well as a pleasurable
success of the ball.
-Mr. L C. Duchamp has just
received a car load of oats, which
he sells at very reasonable prices.
A heavy shower of rain fell Fri
day morning. The planters would
need fine weather, for the plant
ing season is approaching fast
As will be seen by an article we
publish elsewhere, the bounty bill
has passed the Senate, and now
goes to the House of Representa
tives, where it is expected it will
meet with a strong and bitter op
-The number of strangers who
were in town to witness and enjoy
our Mardi Gras celebration this
year was unusually large, notwith
standing the bad condition of our
public roads, due to the excessive
rains we had the past few weeks.
Ho for Lenten times
Molasses of different prices, at
Mrs. E. A. Duchamp's plantation.
Corn taken in exchange.
HOOD'S CUR whenallother
preparations fail. It poseses
acurative power peculiar to itself. Be
,ee to get Hoods Sarsai~,nla.
Mrs. Homer Gauthier, nee Ali.
da Melanoon, died at the residence
of her husband in this parish, Fri
day the 22nd inst., at 1 o'clock p.
m., at the age of 48 years and 3
She was buried at one o'clock
Saturday evening in the Catholic
Mrs. Gauthier was the mother
of young Albert F. Gauthier who
died on the 27th of January last.
-Quite a large number of per
sons from this town went to New
Orleans to take in the Mardi Gras
festivities, but many could not
stand the idea of being away from
home when there was fun and
merriment in their own town, an d
returned Monday and Tuesday to
enjoy King Kommerce's parade
in the evening and the grand ball
at night. Those who remained at
home are certainly wiser, and per.
hape richer.
A few graded Jersey cows fresh is
300 barrels of corn.
100 barrels sweet potatoeq.
For partlcular" addresr
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