Attention, Titans!
This is Your Captain Speaking!
All Hands On Deck!
Our Social Calendar
Oct 31 5-8 PM Halloween Posada and christening the Champs Elysee Room begins at             CARNAVAL
Dec 8 9am feed the hungry at Saint Marks on Rampart
Dec 22 9am feed the hungry at Saint Marks on Rampart
Jan 2 Coronation Ball 2257 Marais
Jan 4 Queen’s Tea 4-7 Kajuns’s
Jan 6  5-??? 12th Night Ball Costume & Mask required $20 door no advance sales                 CARNAVAL

The Board
David Roe President
Heidi Diekleman VP
Judy Vitrano Treasurer
Betty Eyer Charity Goddess
Cindy Wexler
Lisa Guidos
Jennifer Johnson
Cathy Matthews
Barbara “TwoNewKnees”Kelemencky

Knews You Can Muse

We will be dividing in to two cars this year: ship and berg. We will have different cups and medallions for each car. How we split up is in the discussion phase, and your input is requested.

Barbara K has fired the kiln, and our medallions are coming soon.

Due to a manufacturing error, every member will get 2 different go cups.

Gary Vitrano is busy working on our 2020 log, art, and poster.

Our beloved Dancing Man 504 was diagnosed schizophrenic in June and is learning to adjust to his illness. The board decided to get him a $100 Robert gift card, and we have let him know he is part of our family, and that we are there for any support he needs. And he needs our support, now, in many ways.

This has been a tough financial year for many, and some would-be riders are having a hard time coming up with the scratch, so there are seats available.

There are many ways to keep up with Societé happenings:
the web site, and, our fb pages, private and public.

Help me with the email list. We are still in the BETA stage. Some folks are missing, some are duplicated from buying multiple memberships. lemme know.

In September, we served over 200 meals at Saint Marks, and discussed getting more involved with the Meal Ministry in the coming year. Betty Eyer is now a member of the church committee and will be our liaison as we step up our game. There is a new opportunity to provide the coffee and pastries for before the service which doesn’t take as large a financial or time commitment. We will also be adding to the Christmas/ Solstice service.

One of our membership requirements is to do good deeds through out the year. For those folks from outta town, let our Goddess of Charity know what you are up to. We want to keep informal track of our charity hours as well as actual cash outlay. For instance, feeding at St Marks is 2 human-hours shopping, 6-8 cooking, and 8 people X 4 hours on Sunday ~40 hours.

Last week, your captain sent dozens of cookies, via Heidi D to the Amazon’s Benevolent Society bake sale, and we will provide them with parade security again on Lundi Gras.

SDCE has hosted the first two meetings of the Captains of downtown krewes, The Art Of The Parade society, and we are finding common ground and sharing information with everyone from Krampus and Tit Rex to Krewe D’ Vieux.

But, the biggest news is that our 2019 and 2020 royals have banded together, and purchased our new krewe den, CARNAVAL, and, on Halloween, will open the Champs Elysee Room, a VIP lounge decorated with souvenirs of our first 3 rides ala the private rooms at Antone’s.  The room is available for rent, and society members have an “in” with the booker. Meanwhile, we encourage everyone to check out the new food and musical offerings.

for immediate release:

On January 6th 2020, at 7:30PM The Societé des Champs Elyseé will make its fourth Twelfth Night ride on the still new Saint Claude, Rampart & Loyola line. The festivities begin at CARNAVAL at 5PM with a performance by the White Star Line Orchestra led by Catie Rodgers. At 7PM, there will be a short second line to the Elysian Fields street car stop, led by the Elysian Brass Band and Big Chief Kevin Goodman & The Flaming Arrows,.  Following a ride across Canal, past the Dome to Union Station, and all the way back to the end of the line at Elysian Fields, there will be a short perambulation back to CARNAVAL for a Masked Ball with music by Gina Forsyth’s Mid City Aces, and appearances by Dancing Man 504, and Al Johnson.

This year’s theme is Titanic!, for the Gods that dwell on the Elysian Fields are the Titans.

Reigning as Oceanus & Tethys, the water gods, for Carnival 2020 are Joann & Lisa Guidos, who love nothing better than a seagoing cruise ship.
Born in the Chicago suburbs, Lisa spent her formative years in Arkansas, graduating from the State University, after which, she married, and joined the Navy where she taught at the nuclear power school, went to North Pole, helped build 2 new nuclear subs in Groton, CT and ended her service in the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. After retiring, she returned to Arkansas where she earned a BA in Sociology, and a Bachelor of Nursing Science.
She transitioned in 2006 and moved to New Orleans where she met and married Joann Guidos
Joann was born in Chincoteague, VA and moved to Metarie near Lake Pontchartain, spending hours with her brother fishing, crabbing, and exploring the “wilds” of Bucktown, where she attended  St Louis King of France Elementary School. She played football and ran track at Cor Jesus (now Brother Martin), earned her BS in Math at USM where she married, and had son and a daughter. She owned 2 Hallmark stores in New Orleans, installed medical equipment, and worked as video poker tech. In 1999 she bought a building on St Claude, and began transitioning the seedy block in to a safe welcoming area. This was followed by her own transition in 2001. Kajuns Pub opened December 2004 and, famously stayed open during Katrina.

 This is an excerpt from the New Yorker article which led to the book, musical, and recording, “9 Lives”

“A big, tough-looking woman was obviously the one in charge. She introduced herself as JoAnn Guidos, and even in these extreme circumstances she was wearing makeup and painted nails. She also had a .38 revolver jammed in the back of her jeans and a long-barreled shotgun standing nearby. She served me an ice-cold can of Pabst and asked me for a dollar.
A dollar!” I cried. “You could be charging twenty dollars!” Finding tepid tap water was a challenge. Ice-cold beer was the elixer of the gods.
“I ain’t takin’ advantage,” JoAnn responded in the peculiar New Orleans accent that is much more Sopranos than Gone With the Wind. “And I ain’t leavin’ my people. They got no place else to go and I’m not leavin’ ‘em.” She walked off to attend to the generator.
“JoAnn’s something, ain’t she?” the guy on the next barstool said. “She’s got all those guns and she’s telling the cops fuck you and she’s taking care of all these people and you know what? She’s got a dick.”
“Yeah, but these are real!” JoAnn called from across the room, taking her large breasts in both hands. “Forty-two double-D! I got good genes. I got the hormone therapy all done but just ain’t had the time or the money for the surgery!”

This Spring, Joann & Lisa, and our 2019 King & Queen, Matthew & Jennifer Hobaugh Johnson, bought Siberia Lounge and have turned a once dark rock club in to the extremely colorful Brazilian themed restaurant, Carnaval, for nightly live music, dining, and dancing. They  have christened the back dining room the Champs Elysee Room in honor of the Krewe.  The room is decorated with costumes, memorabilia, posters, and photos of the Societé’s past royals and soireés.   The Champs Elysee Room is used for Krewe events and is available for private booking, but is otherwise open to Carnaval patrons.

SdCE is proud to support two churches on our street car route, Saint Mark’s  and Saint Augustine’s, and their good works feeding the poor and hungry of the neighborhood, and the Amazon Benevolent Society’s work with women doing the cancer dance.

A few memberships seats are available. Tickets for the ball are $20 at the door. Costume and mask required.

For more information Captain David Roe @ (504) 525-1973


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