There are times when you see something on the society pages that causes a double and then triple take. The party hosted by Cathy and Rivie Cary for their daughter featuring a “definite French flair, with Versailles being a focus” that included models dressed in period regalia and a party tent decorated like it was Versailles is one of those. For vittles they even had a lobster tree and this does not include the multiple big name bands.
The irony of course is these would have been the same class of people most likely to lose their heads later on during the French Revolution. I personally don’t waste time worrying how the rich and famous spend their wealth but I’m frankly at a loss as to why anyone would want to put it on such public display. I’m personally having a hoot reading the associated snark on Twitter. NOLA.com does not allow comments to such articles.
shut down commenting to the article, no doubt after snark appeared there in response to the account of the party.
Feel free to fire away in comments here.
This morning I contacted Mr. Cary about the worker pay issue and was referred to Bronson van Wyck of Van Wyck & Van Wyck. Mr. van Wyck was aware of the Facebook posting that was copied here in comments and he disputed the veracity of certain of the allegations. Mr. van Wyck indicated his company employed 343 local people for the party. His company pays temporary labor twice monthly and he stated unequivocally all were paid on time. Additionally van Wyck employed certain independent contractors, who are paid after they submit an invoice for services. He does not dispute the person in question was told they would be paid when corporate reopened today. He vigorously disputes that he agreed to pay anyone at the event itself.
Finally Mr. van Wyck disputed the assertion that his company is not fully invested in New Orleans as they have provided services for several events over the past few years.