Alla Names New Officers
The Board of Directors of the Golden Gryphon Society has named its slate of officers for the 2014-2015 term. They are John A. Beninate, II, Captain; Frank J. Borne, Jr., President; Toni R. Reaves, Vice President; Les Falgout, Assistant Captain; Leslie Dumas, Treasurer; Albert J. Robichaux, Jr., Parade Marshal; Courtney Barousse, Scott Burke, Adam Strickland, and Dr. Stanton McNeely, III.
Press Release 08/24/2014
The Krewe of Alla Goes Coed
The Krewe of Alla, which was established in 1932, is proud to announce that it welcomes women to join the organization. Its board of directors has adopted Bylaws that remove the krewe’s all-male distinction, which it held for 82 years. It is anticipated that Alla will draw couples and families (children age 16 and older) who want to join in the merriment and fellowship that Carnival clubs offer.
“We are very excited that women, who have ridden with us as guests for the past two years may become members with all the privileges that entails,” said John A. Beninate II, Alla’s captain. “We heard from many of our members’ spouses, daughters, and girlfriends who want to be members, not merely guests, of our organization. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be, and I’m happy to accept them into our ranks. This is a historic moment for Alla, which has a storied place in New Orleans’ Carnival history and rode on the Uptown route this year for the first time.”
Alla’s next membership meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Those wishing to join the krewe may pay dues online at www.kreweofalla.net/join and may follow the krewe on Facebook and Twitter. Dues are only $450 and the krewe does not require members to purchase throw packages, event tickets, or pay an initiation fee.
Alla was founded in Algiers and takes its name for that locale (Al., La.). It parades on the St. Charles Avenue route on the first Sunday of Carnival and is the fifth-oldest parading organization in the New Orleans area.