Feb 24, 2009

2009 King and Queen of Carnival Announced

Thomas D. Westfeldt, II, President of Westfeldt Brothers, Inc., a coffee-importing firm based in New Orleans, will reign as Rex, King of Carnival. The Queen of Carnival is Miss Amelie Munro Brown, who is a History of Art major at Vanderbilt University, where she is on the Dean's list.

Mr. Westfeldt has been an active community leader, serving on the Boards of the New Orleans Board of Trade, the World Trade Center, the Audubon Institute, and the Port of New Orleans. He also is a Director of the Whitney National Bank. He is the Honorary Consul for Sweden, representing Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Mr. Westfeldt's grandmother, Katharine Phillips, was Queen of Carnival in 1940, and his daughter, Miss Shelby Scott Westfeldt was given the same honor in 2003. His grandfather, George Gustaf Westfeldt, was Rex in 1940.

Miss Brown is the daughter of Mr. Christian Trousdale Brown and Mrs. Jata Munro Brown. She is a graduate of Metairie Park Country Day School where she was an AP Scholar and participated in many campus activities, including playing on the varsity soccer team. At Vanderbilt her activities include service as Director of Curriculum for ArtReach, a program bringing art study opportunities to underprivileged children in Nashville. She recently completed studies in her Art History major in Siena, Italy.