Krewe of Cork®

What a fabulous Krewe of Cork Week!

With the passion and enthusiasm for wine and camaraderie, our members enjoyed three days of wine, food and fun.

Beginning with the Krewe’s Champagne greeting of the Grand Marshal at Patrick’s Bar Vin through the great wine dinner at Bayona, the unparalleled Meet and Greet Party, concluding with what will rank as one of the best parades and King and Queen’s Party.  This was a Krewe of Cork week to remember that lived up to theme of the Krewe.

Wednesday’s wonderful wine dinner at Bayona featuring the fabulous wines of the Browne Family Estates and the pairings of Chef Susan Spicer.

Thursday evening we stopped at the Hotel Marazin for a fun Meet and Greet Party with excellent wine and tasty food by Executive Chef Agnes Bellet.

Friday got off to a terrific start with the Bloody Mary block party on Royal Street in front of the Court of the Two Sisters where Corkians greeted friends, compared costumes, and warmed up with libations.

The lunch at the Court of Two Sisters was expertly handled by the staff and management.  All appreciated the fine food, especially the desert, accompanied by ample champagne and wine.

King Patrick, Queen Paulette Slone, Grand Marshal Andrew Browne and Captain Bill led the Krewe on its way through the Quarter.  Former royalty filled the ranks with former Queens: Margarita Bergen, Debbie Gagne, Melanie Talia, Yvette DeBlanc, Allyson Navoy, Gail Cavett, Jeffrey McIlwain, Kelly Vaughn, Sarah Blosch, and Gillian Pierce, who is also the Royal Coordinator.

The King and Queen Party at the Royal Sonesta was the pièce de résistance, with jubilant Corkians celebrating more wine, food and fun as Sha’on and Success kept everyone moving with great music.

A special Thank You to all of my volunteers: 

Maurice Rose for organizing the Wine Police, and getting the wine to all of the venues;

Carolyn Rose who handed out the bags at the Court of Two Sisters, and helped me with check-in at the King and Queen’s party;

Queen Sarah Blosch (Cheerleader) and Lt. Ronnie for doing such an excellent job checking everyone in at the Court of Two Sisters; and Jaynie Fedell and Queen Debbie Gagne for selling extra beads.

The parade could not go on if it were not for the following members who work very hard on the Thursday morning before our parade preparing the beads, goblets and pins;  Lt. Ronnie Laporte for unloading the beads and goblets from the delivery truck; Linda Thompson, Queen Yvette and Francis DeBlanc, Rickey and AJ Maloney, Gail and Steve Wilt, Debra and Carl Sonnier, who broke down all of the boxes and filled 400 bags ready for parade day. Jaynie Fedell who took care of the beads for the King, Queen and Grand Marshal and, of course, last but not least, my main support, my husband,  Lt. Greg Pierce for putting up with me while I spend hours on my computer.

Costume Winners

Each year the costumes get better and better. We applaud all the members who created themes and made clever costumes. The contest winners were announced by the Captain, at the King and Queen’s Party.

    • Best Use of Corks: Ashley Lane
    • Best Group: Royal Brownepartes
    • Best of Individual: Jellyfish


    • For members that ordered Posters and Logo flags you should have received them in the mail.
    • Also due to unforeseen circumstances there will not be a luncheon in March.


April 6th –     Emeril’s, 800 Tchoupitoulas St

May 24th –    Royal Street Stroll, French Quarter, Hotel Mazarin

June 8th –    Emeril’s Delmonico, 1300 St Charles Ave

July 1     –      New Membership Year 2018-2019 begins

August 10      Restaurant August, 301 Tchoupitoulas St

September 7  Bayona, 430 Rue Dauphine

October  5      Café Degas, 3127 Esplanade Ave

November 9    Emeril’s Nola, 534 Rue St Louis

November 30  GW Fins, 808 Rue Bienville

Our 2018 poster by famous artist Alan Flattman is for sell.  

Maybe be purchased online for $60.00 or $50.00 check or cash only.

Alan, a New Orleans native, at the age of 17, received a New Orleans Art Association Scholarship to study with the renowned regionalist painter, John McCrady, at the John McCrady Art School in the French Quarter. It was there that his lifetime interest in painting the French Quarter began. Spanning a career of over four decades, Alan Flattmann is recognized as one of America’s most outstanding and gifted artists’. He was inducted into The Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and awarded the PSA Master Pastelist distinction in 1991. He is the recipient of the 1996 American Artist Art Masters Award for pastel teacher and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1981. In conjunction with the publication of the book, “Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions”, the mayor of New Orleans officially proclaimed September 28, 2002 as Alan Flattmann Day in recognition of 25 years of success painting in the French Quarter.