Nyx Myx Masquerade highlights Carnival capers

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx hosted its seventh annual Nyx Myx Masquerade ball Saturday in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Reigning as Goddess Nyx VII was Mrs. Karen Boudrie Greig, daughter of Mrs. Janet Beard Boudrie and the late Mr. James E. Boudrie. She wore a traditionally styled royalty dress made with French lace over 24-carat Indian douppioni silk. The dress was embellished with bouillon braid woven with beads and sequins. The ensemble was completed with a traditional Medici collar. The collar had the same French lace and featured silver flowing Austrian crystal rhinestones. The goddess wore a crown accented with Swarovski crystals, and the crystals embraced a fleur-de-lis centered on the crown. She carried a matching scepter that completed her sparkling ensemble.

Mrs. Karen Boudrie Greig, wife of retired Army Lt. Col. Scott Greig, serves as the president of the Military Officers’ Wives Club of Greater New Orleans. Her passion for mentoring youth has lead to a Young Marines program as an adult volunteer.

The ball was led by captain Mrs. Julie Lea, wife of Mr. Chris Lea. She wore an ensemble of purple, green and gold, which was encrusted with Austrian rhinestones. Gold strapping on the neckline led to a large collar that displayed the krewe’s theme. Traditional purple, green and gold plumes gave the costume a regal and festive flair. A gold crown and scepter adorned with Swarovski crystals completed her attire.

The officers, set apart by wearing white opera-length gloves, and the float lieutenants were presented. Musician Amanda Shaw, the 2018 grand marshall, also was presented.

The crowd was entertained by the Nola Nyxettes and treated to a mini parade featuring the McDonogh 35 High School Marching Band, escorted by New Orleans Police Department motorcycles.

The guests were seated for dinner. Ms. Shaw performed, followed by the sounds of No Idea.