Under the soft lighted garlands above the Coliseum's vast dance floor, the St. Petersburg Debutante Club presented 16 young women in a community observance that dates back to 1937.
Former Mayor Bob Ulrich announced the debutantes, their families and escorts. Then the young women, all wearing white dresses, descended the stairs from a stage that held tall urns filled with red roses. After that, it was time for the promenade, or grand march. Once the full complement was presented, debs danced with their fathers, then their escorts, and guests dined and danced until late in the evening.
The St. Petersburg custom is a seasonal party for family and friends, nearly 1,000 of whom were in attendance this year.
The 2011 debs, their parents, presenters and escorts:
Jacqueline Marie Amick, daughter of John Amick, presented by her father and escorted by Andrew Timothy Asuncion.
Justine Naomi Bogott, daughter of Tim and Anje Bogott, presented by her father and escorted by Timothy Paul Ward Eugene Bogott.
Kristin Nicole Bramlet, daughter of Dr. Dale and Kathy Bramlet, presented by her father and escorted by Diego Alexander Riveras.
Morgan Marie Chmielewski, daughter of Mark Chmielewski and Linda Jantschek, presented by her father and escorted by Terence Joseph McCarthy II.
Alexandra Suzanne Feinberg, daughter of David and Helen Feinberg, presented by her father and escorted by Nicolas Brian Leeper.
Katie Elizabeth Fredrickson, daughter of Mike and Lisa Fredrickson, presented by her father and escorted by Adam Bennett.
Bronwyn Elizabeth Gairing, daughter of Pete and Ashley Gairing, presented by her father and escorted by Michael William Gorman.
Courtney Sue Howard, daughter of Cathy Sue Stevens, presented by her uncle R. Marshall Stevens and escorted by Edward Wallace Corty.
Haviland Macy Marie Kebler, daughter of Bill and Sally Kebler, presented by her father and escorted by Matthew Lawrence Ritch.
Mary Elizabeth Keegan, daughter of Joe and Sharon Keegan, presented by her father and escorted by Michael Robert Gordon.
Casey Shay McKeon, daughter of Kevin and Leslie McKeon, presented by her father and escorted by Kyle Patrick McKeon.
Morgan Maria McQueen, daughter of Bill and Ria McQueen, presented by her father and escorted by Clark Gairing.
Alexandra Marie Moench, daughter of Chris and Kim Moench, presented by her father and escorted by Matthew Lenderman Moench.
Mary O'Connor Smith, daughter of Ray and Jeri Smith, presented by her father and escorted by Raymond Paul Smith.
Brittany Alexis Tanner, daughter of Terry and Nancy Tanner, presented by her father and escorted by Hunter Tremaine.
Shelby Marsh Ulrich, daughter of Kurt and Terri Ulrich, presented by her father and escorted by Alfredo Pineda Kiernan.
A flurry of holiday parties honoring the young women and their families began the day after Thanksgiving at a Nov. 25 brunch honoring debutantes and their fathers. Hostesses at the Museum of Fine Arts were Susan Hough, Susan Henry and Hazel Hough.
On Dec. 18, Julie and Rick Bannon, Shirley and Dave DeGroot, Jane and Dave Ferguson and Lisa and Peter Wells gave a "So You Think You Can Dance" party at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Fourth Street N, giving everybody an opportunity to brush up on their footwork.
Debs and the women in their families were guests at an afternoon tea on Dec. 19, held in the home of Dr. Elizabeth Hyden and co-hosted by Cimmie Baran, Catherine Kennedy, Susan Wallace, Dr. Jody Cressman, Denise Degnan, Terri Reid and Margaret Wood.
On Dec. 20, the debutantes first had a day of pampering at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort Salon and Day Spa, courtesy of Barbara Collins, Ashley Gairing, Kristie Helinger, Valery Hendry, Judy Holland, Marian Yon Maguire, Connie Smith, Judy Stanton and Bonnie Strickland.
That evening, they attended a "Christmas in Vegas" theme party held in the home of Melissa and Daryl LeClair and co-hosted by Terri and Breck Amick, Lela and Blanton Garnett, Susan and Tony Janicki, Joan and Cary Putrino, Helen and Peter Wallace and Nancy Rutland.
A Dec. 21 brunch for the young women and their mothers, held in the home of Glenn Mosby, featured a cookie-decorating session; co-hostesses for that event were Martha Buttner, Nikki McQueen and Maggi McQueen.
Later in the day, co-hostesses Amanda, Alison and Jessica Amick and Robin and Katie Link entertained the debutantes at an evening of painting and hors d'ouevres at Painting with a Twist on Central Avenue.
The teal blue invitations to "Breakfast at Tiffany's" on Dec. 23 asked debs to wear little black dresses a la actor Audrey Hepburn, who starred in the 1961 movie of the same name. Hostesses for that party, held in the home of Denise and Mark Riordan, included Christina Chase, Betsy Cureton, Susan Frawley, Terry Llewellyn, Denise Riordan and Elizabeth Skidmore.
And debs and their fathers and grandfathers were guests of honor at a Dec. 27 brunch in the St. Petersburg Yacht club hosted by Diane Husseman, Lisa and David Meehan, Janet Raymond, Terri and Vincent Shook, Betty Willis, Sally and Bob Willis, Barbara and Bob Ulrich and Shawn and Dick Ulrich.