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No-Tsu-Oh

Mike Vance, Betty Chapman, Truett Latimer, Minnette Boesel, Jill Brooks, Randy Pace, Bart Truxillo

In the early 20th century, the city of Houston became a magical place every November for more than a decade when King Nottoc ruled over the mystical realm of Saxet in the domain of Tekram and its capital city of No-Tsu-Oh. To those for whom this language is strange, please read backwards! Introduced and promoted by Houston's business community, the celebration soon expanded into a full week that included parades with colorful floats and flower-bedecked automobiles, expansive exhibits featuring local agricultural and horticultural products, and downtown buildings outlined in lights. The high point of the week was the arrival of No-Tsu-Oh's King and Queen, having traveled down Buffalo Bayou to greet their subjects at the foot of Main Street. The last and most elaborate No-Tsu-Oh Carnival, as it came to be called, was held in 1915. The advent of World War I brought an end to the annual celebration. After a lapse of a century, Houston Arts & Media revived the historic event in October, 2015, at Magnolia Ballroom. This revival featured the crowning of King Nottoc XVII (Truett Latimer) and Queen Ailongam I (Minnette Boesel), prominent Houstonians who have contributed much to the vibrancy of our city. Plans are now underway for No-Tsu-Oh 2016. Houston will once again become a magical place with a magical name!

Randy Pace Crowning Minnette Boesel
Randy Pace crowning Minnette Boesel

Randy Pace Crowning Truett Latimer
Randy Pace crowning Truett Latimer

Minnette Peter Boesel
Minnette & Peter Boesel

Harriet & Truett Latimer
Harriet & Truett Latimer

Diana Kokernot, Kevin Topek, Mindy Vanderford, Skip Britton
Diana Kokernot, Kevin Topek, Mindy Vanderford, Skip Britton

Debra Blacklock Sloan, Mike Vance
Debra Blacklock Sloan & Mike Vance

Debbie Harwell, Anne Sloan, Betty Chapman
Debbie Harwell, Anne Sloan, Betty Chapman

Beth Bownlee, Ann Becker, Joan Johnson
Beth Bownlee, Ann Becker, Joan Johnson

Bart Truxillo Max & Donna Buja, Harriet & Truett Latimer
Bart Truxillo, Max & Donna Buja, Harriet & Truett Latimer

Paul & Debbie Dougharty, Scott Warren
Paul & Debbie Dougharty, Scott Warren

Nimra Haroon, Anna Mod
Nimra Haroon & Anna Mod

Mike & Anne Vance, Bart Truxillo
Mike & Anne Vance, Bart Truxillo

Jill Brooks, Betty Chapman
Jill Brooks & Betty Chapman

Bart Truxillo, Randy Pace
Bart Truxillo & Randy Pace

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King Truett Latimer & Queen Minnette Boesel

Queen & King
The Queen & King of No-Tsu-Oh 2016

 

 

 
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