Ponchatoula beauty is queen of Eros

Special to The Times

The Krewe of Eros held its 82nd annual bal masque and tableau Saturday evening, January 6 in the Celestin Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans. The Krewe of Eros was founded in 1935, and is one of the oldest non-parading Krewes in New Orleans. Eros, the God of Love, is the youngest of the gods. The son of Aphrodite and Hermes, he is armed with a bow and arrows from Zeus. This carnival season, Eros presents his Royal Court Eros, as they celebrated “Eros… Ever After!” 

Reigning as the Krewe’s 82nd Queen of the Royal Court was Miss Abby Ann Kuhn, daughter of Mr. Stephen Chad Kuhn and Mrs. Tammy McCrory Kuhn of Ponchatoula. The queen is a nursing student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, and a graduate of Ponchatoula High School. 

Maids to her majesty were Miss Meagan Elizabeth Morici, Alexis Christine Ford, Sierra Nicole Bailey, Sarah Elina Rooks, and Maci Taylor Mannina. 

Four princesses attended to the queen; Miss Jansen Claire McCrory, Kinsley Ann McCrory, Mia MarceleFrischhertz, and Eliza Katherine Schmitz. Two of which were her majesty’s cousins; Jansen Claire McCrory and Kinsley Ann McCrory, daughters of Mr. Philip Don McCrory and Mrs. Ashley Schneider McCrory. 

Pages to King Eros LXXXII were Masters Brennan Christopher Bankston and Emett Clack Bowler. Brennan Christopher Bankston is also her majesty’s cousin and son of Mr. Christopher Paul Bankston and Mrs. Pamela Cali Bankston. Mr. Christopher Paul Bankston is also the vice chairman for the Krewe of Eros. 

The Queen was escorted by her great-uncle, Judge James (Jimmy) E. Kuhn. She wore a strapless gown of white silk duchess satin, complete with a bodice of French gold lace and was ornately embellished with aurora borealis Swarovski rhinestones. The sweetheart neckline featured a scallop design repeated at the hemline. The crown, which was custom made for her majesty, paid homage to her hometown of Ponchatoula with an ornate Swarovski crystal strawberry at the rear of the crown. The front of the crown bore a brilliant fleur de lis, which is not only a traditional symbol of French royalty, but the official state symbol of Louisiana. Her royal highness also waived a radiant fleur de lis scepter which was in unison with her crown. 

In keeping with tradition, the identity of the King remains steeped in secrecy. At the Eros Ball, his Royal Highness, King Eros LXXXII was introduced to his subjects to the majestic sounds of trumpets, played by the Heralds.

King Eros wore a sparkling golden crown adorned with a fleur de lis which was in harmony with her majesty’s crown. 

Following the bal masque, members and guests celebrated at a supper dance with entertainment by the band Uptown Phunk. The Queen’s table was adorned with fresh red roses, custom made doubloons, and golden cups as they celebrated “Eros…Ever After!”