The primary presentation was in 1934, and 84 years later introducing younger women as debutantes at Le Debut des Jeunes Filles de La Nouvelle Orleans has remained an integral a part of town’s traditions.
The presentation additionally marks the beginning of the debutante season, so there was a lot pleasure amongst the debutantes, their dad and mom, household and mates within the Grand Ballroom on the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Lodge on June 9.
Following the nationwide anthem sung superbly by Deacon John, the Jeunes Messieurs — Worth Shreve Butcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kimberlin Worth Butcher; Clayton Cooke Geary Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Cooke Geary; Harry Bartlett Kelleher IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bartlett Kelleher III; and William Knox Van Horn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles James Van Horn – entered, bowed to the gang, then took their place by the stage to await the debutantes.
This yr’s coterie, sporting white robes and carrying posies of white roses, have been Misses Hanton Quarles Agnew, daughter of Mrs. Frank de la Houssaye Agnew and the late Mr. Agnew; McAlister Wynn Brewer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Wren Brewer; Emily Kaleianuenue Caindec, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Keao Caindec; Margot Louise Childs, daughter of Ms. Suzanne B. Childs and of Mr. Scott David Childs, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ogden Collins; Caroline Louise Chunn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Keith Chunn; Julia Veysset Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomasson Clark Jr.; Emma Marks Conroy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Kenneth Conroy; Anna Massey Demmas, daughter of Mr. George Bartlett Demmas and Mrs. Raine Bedsole; Grace Allen Gambel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Christian Gambel Jr.; Emily June Hardie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Davis Hardie; Elizabeth Lane Hewitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart Hewitt; Larkin McConnell Holtzman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Louis Holtzman; Katherine Randolph Jacobs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Robert Henri Jacobs; Kristina Britt Johnsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erik Lee Johnsen; Sarah St. Paul Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Bennett Johnson; Ann Clare Kallenborn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Kallenborn; Althea Gibert Kingsmill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Michael Kingsmill; Lilia Elise Kuhn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen McMillen Kuhn Sr.; Lucie Sandoz Lanier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Munson Lanier Jr.; Megan Maria McGoey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John McGoey II; Ashley Linfield Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mark Murphy; Adele Brilliant Petagna, daughter of Ms. Elinor Spicer Brilliant and Mr. Stephen Worth Petagna; Julia Margaret Plauche, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Anthony Plauche; Laura Mary Tompkins Schramm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Christopher Welty Schramm; and Ellen Heidingsfelder Silvia, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Paul Silvia Jr. The younger women have been escorted by their fathers; for Ms. Agnew, Mr. Peter Tompkins accompanied her, and Ms. Kid’s grandfather, Mr. Donald Ogden Collins escorted her.
After the younger women have been escorted to the ballroom ground serenaded by completely different songs — “Do not Cease Believing,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Shining Star” have been just a few — they curtsied to their moms, then the gang, earlier than they have been introduced up on the stage by the Jeunes Messieurs. When the ultimate debutante was on stage, the Jeunes Messieurs bowed to the viewers, then to the debutantes, who curtsied in unison.
After the primary dance between father and daughter, Deacon John and the Ivories entertained the gang for the remainder of the night.