Queen of Mardi Gras - Amanda Lynn Schott Wears the Royal Jewels as Queen Argus XXVII for Mardi Gras 2011

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Teen Queen of Argus continues a long legacy for local Louisiana family within this Metairie Mardi Gras “super krewe” with a direct lineage to a key founding member.

"I have dreamed of being the Queen of Argus since I was a little girl" Schott says. " Being a queen of Mardi Gras is an unbelievable and once in a lifetime experience."

Every little girl wants to be a princess, and now Amanda Lynn Schott gets to wear the royal jewels as Queen Argus XXVII for Mardi Gras 2011. Amanda was a princess and a maid in Argus, and she has Carnival Royalty in her blood. She will follow the footsteps of her mother and aunt who were both Queens of Argus, making Schott the first legacy in the Krewe’s 39 year history.

The Royal Court of Argus is comprised of eight maids, six junior maids and 16 princesses and squires. The theme of this year’s parade is “What a Wonderful World.” The Argus Parade will roll on Mardi Gras Day in Jefferson Parish. The parade will be honoring co-captain of Argus Bob DeViney who, passed away several months ago, with a military band.

King Argus XXVII will be Amanda’s grandfather Henry Shane. Mr. Shane has been a member of the Krewe of Argus Carnival Club for 32 years. He founded the King’s Club of Argus in 1985 which allows the Krewe to select royalty from within the organization. Mr. Shane is President of Favrot&Shane Companies, Inc. which owns over 8,500 apartment units in Southeast Louisiana, as well as a number of shopping centers, office buildings, self-storage facilities, and other commercial properties. He is also well known for his involvement in the community and the hosting of numerous charitable and social events in his Kenner home and his car museum. Henry has a long history of serving the community through numerous economic development efforts, civic organizations, and charitable causes.

Amanda is enjoying her senior year at Mount Carmel Academy. She is Captain of the Jesuit Cheer team and just returned from marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She is now fulfilling her royal duties as Queen by celebrating in all the festivities.

Ms. Schott helped design her custom made crown and she will be carrying the scepter passed down from her mother, Queen Argus III. Ms. Schott’s costume is white silk and imported French Allyson lace decorated with amethyst Savorski crystals and pearls. The collar is French curled plums with fleur-de-lis emblems with amethyst crystals. Her mantle is made of silk imported fur with black ermin and has her initials designed in the crest. Amanda will ride the streets of Jefferson Parish with her father Paul G Schott.        

Mr. Shane’s costume, jewels and crown is based on Henry VIII. Mr. Shane had drawn his own crown and had it made by a jeweler. The costume which he will wear for the ball and parade is adorned with purple Savorski crystals and follows the theme of the queen. Both costumes were made locally by D&D Creations.

Argus will have Lesley Gore as a celebrity guest. She is better known for her song “It’s My Party.” She will ride on her own float with special members of the Krewe of Argus.

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler...

For more on New Orleans Mardi Gras and the 2011 Parade Routes visit http://www.neworleansonline.com or http://www.mardigras.com

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