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The Mystic Krewe of Shangri-LA
Return To The Train Garden in City Park

posted April 14, 2007

The Captain of Shangri-La, Mary Katherine Lonatro is the longest continuously serving Carnival Captain in the city of New Orleans. She continues to lead the parade and the court with her unending energy, vision and love of Carnival. Mary Katherine has served on many boards and committees in the area for local charity functions.

The Krewe of Shangri-La returns to the Train Garden in City Park (inside the Botanical Gardens) on April 21, 2007. Your response was great last month, but we still have a lot more work to left do.

The Name Shangri-La means "eternal youth, peace & tranquility". The Krewe is named after the mythical Eden-like land called "Shangri-La" in the Himalayan mountains. It is one of the few Carnival Krewes named for a place or a state of mind instead of the traditional Greek gods.

Mark April 21, 2007 on your calander as we will be working in the Garden from 9am-12 noon.

Shangri-La has evolved throughout its 33 years into a contemporary club of “festive ladies and invited gentlemen”. We've had our royal court go from an 18 year old high school senior to a 75 year old retired school teacher. Our kings have been home grown life-long military to a transplanted New Yorker. We’ve had maids dressed as festivals, speciality drinks, songs, cities, and animals with dukes from all over the United States escorting them in full tuxedo dress. The throws have changed from glass beads and doubloons to lighted buddha belly beads and stuffed animals.

Bring your lunch, your friends, and your family. We need lots of volunteers to make this clean-up a success.

Our membership has changes from all ladies to groups of co-workers, colleagues from all industries, corporate clients, out of town guests and our newest level of membership, our Junior Members open to girls 9-17 before they become full Shangri-La members at 18.

The Krewe will be responsible for weeding, cleaning, and planting annuals in the Train Garden.

Shangri-La is reaching out into the community through several charitable organizations including St. Michaels Special School. We continue to recognize our local talent in our “Best of the Best” marching band contest which awards trophies and financial contributions to New Orleans and area schools.

Make a day of it! Wear comfortable clothes.

The Krewe of Shangri-La returns to the Train Garden in City Park (inside the Botanical Gardens) on April 21, 2007. Your response was great last month, but we still have a lot more work to left do.

Please call me at 887-5993 or cell 453-7051, or e-mail kvillavaso@aol.com if you will be able to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you in the park on April 21st.

Karen Villavaso
Project Chairperson

OFFICIAL KREWE WEBSITE: http://www.kreweofshangrila.com/
2007 PARADE PICTURES: visit here
2007 IMPERIAL STROLL PICTURES: visit here


Mystic Krewe of Shangri-LA
Community Project

posted February 28, 2007

The Krewe of Shangri-La has committed to be the caretakers of the Train Garden in City Park for 2007. The project will kick off on March 10th at 9.00 AM. Bring your lunch, your friends, and your family. We need lots of volunteers to make this clean-up a success. The Krewe will be responsible for weeding, cleaning, and planting annuals in the Train Garden. Make a day of it! Wear comfortable clothes.

Please call me at 887-5993 or cell 453-7051, or e-mail kvillavaso@aol.com if you will be able to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you in the park on March 10th.

Karen Villavaso
Project Chairperson

OFFICIAL KREWE WEBSITE: http://www.kreweofshangrila.com/
2007 PARADE PICTURES: visit here
2007 IMPERIAL STROLL PICTURES: visit here

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