Stephen Rue named King of ALLA for 2016!
Stephen Rue will reign as King ALLA LXXXIV in 2016, the Krewe of ALLA announced today. The Krewe of ALLA will parade with Mr. Rue as King on Sunday, January 31, 2016, on the traditional New Orleans parade route of Saint Charles Avenue and Canal Street.
Stephen Rue is a very well-known New Orleans lawyer who was voted the "Best Attorney" in Gambit Weekly Readers Poll of 2012. He is the founding attorney of the law firm of Stephen Rue & Associates.
Stephen is also renowned as a sculptor and artist. His most famous art work is a series of three-dimensional sculpted paintings on canvas called "Roux-sters."
As a full member of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Stephen Rue made Mardi Gras History as he was elected as the first Caucasian member to become the "Mr. Big Stuff" royal character for Zulu's 100th Anniversary in 2009.
Stephen Rue is very involved in philanthropic activities in our community and was chosen for the East Jefferson Hospital Auxiliary "Great Gentleman Award for Outstanding Volunteer Services."
Stephen Rue is honored to reign as the 2016 King of the Krewe of ALLA. Stephen says that “this is one of the greatest honors of my life."
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 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.