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Cotillion Season

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  • Junior

    Juniors from Memorial High School joined juniors from Lamar and St. Agnes at their cotillion on Jan. 25.

  • Alasdair McFarland, Hannah Wheless,

    St. John's sophomore Alasdair McFarland and Episcopal sophomore Hannah Wheless smile on their way to the sophomore cotillion with classmates from St. John's, Episcopal and Kinkaid.

  • Claire Seinsheimer, Lucas Desjardins,

    Claire Seinsheimer and Lucas Desjardins on their way to senior cotillion with other seniors from St. John's, Episcopal and Kinkaid.

  • Evan Gibson, Laxmi Thakkar

    Evan Gibson and Laxmi Thakkar get ready for a fun night.

  • Kinkaid Class of 2022

    Girls from the Kinkaid Class of 2022 gather before their cotillion on Jan. 25.

  • Kinkaid sophomores

    A big group of Kinkaid sophomores got together for dinner at the Forest Club before their cotillion at Bayou Place on Jan. 25.

  • Kinkaid sophomores

    Kinkaid sophomores gather before their cotillion on Jan. 25.

  • Memorial junior girls

    Memorial junior girls surround a smiling Chanse Holub before cotillion.

  • Memorial High School junior boys

    Memorial High School junior boys get ready to board a party bus to cotillion.

  • Party bus

    Party buses hit the streets shuttling teenagers like these St. John's seniors to and from cotillions.

  • Mark Trautner, Abigail Price

    Mark Trautner and Abigail Price, both St. John's seniors, are all smiles before their last cotillion of high school.

  • Eliza Holt, Savannah Farmer, Claire Seinsheimer

    Eliza Holt, Savannah Farmer and Claire Seinsheimer pose for pictures before the St. John's, Episcopal, Kinkaid senior cotillion.

  • St. John's senior girls

    St. John's senior girls get ready to go to their last cotillion.

  • Chanse Holub, Molly Holub,

    Chanse Holub conceded a photo with his mom Molly on the way to the party.

  • Ariana Diaz, Keaton Bailey, Gaby Loredo, Sophia Rassin,

    Lamar sophomores Ariana Diaz, Keaton Bailey, Gaby Loredo and Sophia Rassin gather before cotillion.

  • Lamar sophomores

    Lamar sophomores ready for a fun night at their first cotillion.

  • Lamar sophomores

    Lamar sophomores smile on their way to their cotillion.

  • Joshua Rassin, Leah Gerber-Fossella

    Joshua Rassin and Leah Gerber-Fossella had a great night at the Lamar Junior Cotillion.

  • Junior
  • Alasdair McFarland, Hannah Wheless,
  • Claire Seinsheimer, Lucas Desjardins,
  • Evan Gibson, Laxmi Thakkar
  • Kinkaid Class of 2022
  • Kinkaid sophomores
  • Kinkaid sophomores
  • Memorial junior girls
  • Memorial High School junior boys
  • Party bus
  • Mark Trautner, Abigail Price
  • Eliza Holt, Savannah Farmer, Claire Seinsheimer
  • St. John's senior girls
  • Chanse Holub, Molly Holub,
  • Ariana Diaz, Keaton Bailey, Gaby Loredo, Sophia Rassin,
  • Lamar sophomores
  • Lamar sophomores
  • Joshua Rassin, Leah Gerber-Fossella

‘Tis the season for cotillions! Photos have been flying all over social media: boys in tuxes, girls wearing makeup, nosegays blooming.

This has been a long time coming. Talk of who was asking who started back in September, and the search for dresses didn’t start long after that. While we parents are excited to see this night happen – how adorable are these kids?! – we’re also a little bit excited for it to be over (did I actually say that?).

As one boy mom put it, “This is the only time the girl’s family is in charge, and it’s kind of nice not to have to worry about getting it all right.” That’s because the girls ask the boys to be their dates, and the girls’ parents are generally on call to orchestrate the night, which typically begins with pictures at someone’s house, parents invited. Because if the parents weren’t there to force the requisite date photos, documentation of the evening would be reduced to cut-off selfies we’d have to scavenge off of Instagram the morning after. 

If you were on the streets the Saturday night of cotillion, you likely saw a bunch of black party busses zooming teenagers to dinners and dances like some kind of high school mafia caravan blaring rap music that nobody over the age of 20 can understand. And did I mention that there are things called “mosh pits” at these dances? Apparently squishing together and jumping up and down to music can be lots of fun. It can also be a little bit dangerous: in our house last year, we nursed a foot black-and-blue with a literal footprint of a boy’s shoe stamped on it for a couple of weeks. Ouch.

However quirky, these nights are part of what make high school memories. And while we will all have that one thing – a bruised foot? – that we’ll remember, it’s the pre-party bus, pre-mosh pit pictures, everyone primped and smiling, that will tell the story of the night 20 years from now. Here are a few of those memories from the past couple of weeks.

Junior

Juniors from Memorial High School joined juniors from Lamar and St. Agnes at their cotillion on Jan. 25.

Alasdair McFarland, Hannah Wheless,

St. John's sophomore Alasdair McFarland and Episcopal sophomore Hannah Wheless smile on their way to the sophomore cotillion with classmates from St. John's, Episcopal and Kinkaid.

Claire Seinsheimer, Lucas Desjardins,

Claire Seinsheimer and Lucas Desjardins on their way to senior cotillion with other seniors from St. John's, Episcopal and Kinkaid.

Evan Gibson, Laxmi Thakkar

Evan Gibson and Laxmi Thakkar get ready for a fun night.

Kinkaid Class of 2022

Girls from the Kinkaid Class of 2022 gather before their cotillion on Jan. 25.

Kinkaid sophomores

A big group of Kinkaid sophomores got together for dinner at the Forest Club before their cotillion at Bayou Place on Jan. 25.

Kinkaid sophomores

Kinkaid sophomores gather before their cotillion on Jan. 25.

Memorial junior girls

Memorial junior girls surround a smiling Chanse Holub before cotillion.

Memorial High School junior boys

Memorial High School junior boys get ready to board a party bus to cotillion.

Party bus

Party buses hit the streets shuttling teenagers like these St. John's seniors to and from cotillions.

Mark Trautner, Abigail Price

Mark Trautner and Abigail Price, both St. John's seniors, are all smiles before their last cotillion of high school.

Eliza Holt, Savannah Farmer, Claire Seinsheimer

Eliza Holt, Savannah Farmer and Claire Seinsheimer pose for pictures before the St. John's, Episcopal, Kinkaid senior cotillion.

St. John's senior girls

St. John's senior girls get ready to go to their last cotillion.

Chanse Holub, Molly Holub,

Chanse Holub conceded a photo with his mom Molly on the way to the party.

Ariana Diaz, Keaton Bailey, Gaby Loredo, Sophia Rassin,

Lamar sophomores Ariana Diaz, Keaton Bailey, Gaby Loredo and Sophia Rassin gather before cotillion.

Lamar sophomores

Lamar sophomores ready for a fun night at their first cotillion.

Lamar sophomores

Lamar sophomores smile on their way to their cotillion.

Joshua Rassin, Leah Gerber-Fossella

Joshua Rassin and Leah Gerber-Fossella had a great night at the Lamar Junior Cotillion.

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