The St John Nautical Cotillion Ball

24 June 2016

Lady Gabrielle Riel
Prim Minister of St John
and The Duchess of Carntaigh
cordially invites you to

The St John Nautical Cotillion Ball

on Saturday, June 25, 1916
12:00pm - 2:00pm
at Edison Hall in the St John Region

Music: Classical
Attire: Formal, 1916, Uniforms, Regalia
Event in Support of Swashbucklers for Life


Les Remerciments de Jeudi

11 February 2016

From La Mardi Gras to Les Remerciments de Jeudi. (Thursday Thank-Yous)

St Johnians - what an amazing couple of days we had from Sunday through Tuesday!

I have so many people to thank for helping me make Mardi Gras happen.

I am still going on very little sleep, so I am going to apologize in advance if I miss anyone in these acknowledgements. Please know that any omission is due to my exhausted body and brain. If I realize after I post this that I have missed someone, I will come back here and update this post.

Thank you to The Flapperettes for making our Mardi Gras kickoff unique and amazing and full of the spirit of 1916 New Orleans!

The Flapperettes show provided us with a record-breaking moment in St John: the most avatars in a single St John sim since we launched two years ago! We maxxed at 57 avatars.

Thank you to Lelani Carver for creating and placing many of the estate Mardi Gras decorations and for providing textures to all residents. Additional thanks for being the PR and social media queen who sent the information all over the Second Life Universe and beyond!

Thank you to Ali and Kitty for putting up decorations throughout the estate (Kitty) and in St John uptown (Ali). Those were details that I needed and that I was unable to complete on my own.

Ali gets extra thanks for the wonderful fireworks show that she created and ran all day yesterday! She put hours of work into that and the results were amazing.

Thank you to all of the people who created floats for the parade! I received 17 floats and was able to run 16. That is the highest number of floats that I have ever run in all of my years of doing Mardi Gras. They were beautiful and creative and looked damn fabulous going up and down Canal Street!

Massive props to Eve for being the Float Whisperer while I was dealing with a real life issue at the worst possible time. I can say that without a doubt, we would have not had a parade if it were not for Eve's help on the floats.

Thank you to all of the DJs that played on Mardi Gras Day: cadence, Pru, Viola, Rudy, Boone, Edward, Dee and Rock (who tried!). Everyone played killer sets and the crowds loved it. I can't even express how happy I am to be in a position in which I know enough DJs to schedule an all-day event in St John. I have not been able to create and run an event for an estate like this since 2008, before I owned New Toulouse.

Thank you to all of you who offered whatever help you could. I was not always able to take you up on your offers, but you have to know they meant everything to me.

Thank you to all of the revelers that participated in the celebrations yesterday. You brought Mardi Gras to life in our Second Life!

I am so grateful for St John and the fact that we are actually growing. Somehow we are bucking the trend and expanding during a time when so many estates are downsizing or closing. I assumed that by the time I hit my 10th rezday that my time in Second Life would be gradually winding down as my estate shrunk. That's not was has occurred!

Thank you St Johnians. I don't know if you realize it or not, but you are in the midst of making magic...and that is exactly what I wanted for all of you.

With much love and so many thanks,

St John Mardi Gras Schedule

04 February 2016

Sunday, February 7
12:00pm SLT - 1:00pm SLT
The Flapperettes - Mardi Gras themed 1920s dance performance
Edison Hall in the St John Region

Monday, February 8
1:00pm SLT - Mardi Gras Parade Starts
Watch the parade or dress up in costumes and ride the floats!
St John Region

Tuesday, February 9
All Day - Mardi Gras Parade and Fireworks
Watch the parade or dress up in costumes and ride the floats!
Mardi Gras Music Celebration and Dance Party
12:00pm - 1:00pm - cadence Carolina, Zydeco
1:00pm - 2:00pm - cadence Carolina, Zydeco
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Prudence Jekyll, Balkan and Jazz
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Viola Bentham, Contemporary Upbeat Pop and More
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Rudolfo Woodget, New Orleans Mardi Gras Music
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Rudolfo Woodget, New Orleans Mardi Gras Music
6:00pm - 7:00pm - Gabrielle Riel, Rio Carnival Music
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Boone Winsmore, New Orleans Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco
8:00pm - 9:00pm - Boone Winsmore, New Orleans Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco
9:00pm - 10:00pm - Edward Pearse, Mardi Gras Music
10:00pm - 11:00pm - Dee Wells-Dagger, R&B, Blues Rock and New Orleans Music
11:00pm - 12:00am - RockAndRoll Michigan, Zydeco, Blues and More

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Invitation to Participate in the St John Mardi Gras Parade

17 January 2016

Gabrielle Riel
La Maison Riel
St John Parish, St John

January 17, 1916

Dear Esteemed Leaders and Residents of the Second Life Steamlands, Aetherchrononauts and Historic and Alternate History Communities:

I would like to invite you to participate in the St John Mardi Gras Parade by creating a parade float. Floats can be created on behalf of a community or by individuals who enjoy building and would like to contribute to the parade.

The parade will take place from Monday evening, February 8 until Wednesday morning, February 10.

Community Leaders: could you please send this invitation to your residents via group notice and any other communication methods you use for your community?

If you are interested in participating in the St John Mardi Gras parade, keep reading below! If you have any questions, the best way to reach me is via email at .

Gabrielle Riel

In St John, we have “the always marching parade” which means the floats are automated and moving at all times during the Mardi Gras celebration.

If you would like to create a team (Krewe) to build or sponsor a float, you are welcome to do so; however you do not have to be in a Krewe in order to create a float. Krewes can be community-based or simply a group of friends.

Our parade is meant for visitor interaction. We encourage people to ride the floats. This keeps the parade active for visitors, no matter their actual time zone.

Think of the floats as moving works of art. Creators, you can make your float simple or elaborate. Think creatively! Additionally, please build your float with at the very least a *nod* to vintage style as St John's theme is set 100 years ago.

Feel free to pass this note to other communities or individuals that you think might enjoy this project.

Video Instructions:

St John Mardi Gras Float Build Specifications

Each of these specs is essential! If you do not follow these instructions exactly, your float will not work!
  1. Create the Float Base
  2. Create your float base as a rectangle with the following size coordinates: X = 6.0, Y = 0.5, Z = 4.0.
  3. Rotate the base 90 degrees on the X Axis. The front of the float is +X, which is the Second Life vehicle default.
Additional Specs
  • The float must have full permissions.
  • The float can be no more than 30 prims.
  • Please set your float base as your root prim. I will add the scripts to the base for the parade.
  • Keep in mind that you will probably need poses in the build for riders. I recommend two or three poses per float.
  • I have several full perm sitting and standing poses for floats. Contact me if you need some.
  • Sculpties and mesh are ok, just keep in mind that linking them can increase your prim count.
  • Scripts are ok, but keep in mind that more scripts = more lag. Also, please do not place your scripts in your float base.
  • You must drop a full permissions copy of your float on me, Gabrielle Riel by 12:00pm SLT on Sunday, February 7.
  • Be prepared to fix your float and provide a new full perms copy to me as soon as possible if I find that the rotation of the base is incorrect.