Gary & Judy Vitrano Coeus & Phoebe 2021 Royalty

It was three years ago when Gary and Judy Vitrano wandered into Buffa’s on Twelfth Night and came upon the pageantry and madness of the Societé Des Champs Elyseé’s annual celebration.  They knew immediately they wanted to be a part of the Krewe.  They began attending Krewe events and were granted membership the following year.  They have been active members ever since participating in the St. Marks feed the hungry program, all Krewe events and Judy currently serves on the board as the Treasurer.  They were thrilled to be chosen as our royalty for 2021, King Coeus and Queen Phoebe. 

Gary and Judy have always been friends – they grew up across the street from each other in Metairie.  They have been happily married 31 years and have two grown daughters, Shannon and Camille, who are also Krewe members.  They raised their family in Old Jefferson but moved to the Marigny 3 years ago and are thoroughly enjoying their empty nester lifestyle.   

Judy attended Archbishop Chapelle High School and received an undergraduate Business degree and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. She has worked at Tulane University for 30 years and currently serves as the Associate Vice-President of Institutional Budgets & Planning.  She loves attending festivals, Saints games, dancing and costuming.  She has a wig and head piece collection, a full line of glitter make-up products and an array of tutu’s. 

Gary attended Archbishop Rummel High School and was an avid wrestler.  He attended LSU, UNO and Tulane.  He has a degree from Tulane in Environmental Biology but has taken a number of courses in architecture, fine art and photography.  He initially worked professionally as a graphic designer for WYES and Pan American Life but is currently a Biologist Manager for the La. Wildlife and Fisheries Department.  He is an accomplished artist and enjoys creating mixed media art pieces.  He is truly a renaissance man.   

Phoebe, goddess of the bright intellect, mother of Asteria & Leto, grandmother of Apollo, Artemis and Hekate. Phoebe was the great oracle of Delphi which she in turn bestowed upon her grandson Apollo. She is the wife of Coeus, Titan-god of the inquisitive mind. Together, the couple functioned as the primal font of all knowledge, both that born of heaven and derived from earth.”