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Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kris Jenner and Houston revelers celebrate Tina Knowles' 60th b'day in NOLA

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Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Beyonce at mom's birthday party
Jennifer Hudson, from left, Tina Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé at the New Orleans party. Courtesy photo
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Solange
Solange Knowles dresses the part at the masquerade party in New Orleans. kingramsesfresh/Instagram/The Boom Box
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Beyonce at mom's birthday party
Beyoncé stunning in a beaded gown at her mom's 60th birthday party. mrldavis/Instagram/The Boom Box
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 NOLA in red lipstick
Beyoncé posted this photo on Instagram as part of the birthday celeb ration. Beyonce/Instagram
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Musicians Rocko, from left, Monica and Jay Z
Shannon and Monica Brown, left, join Jay-Z at Tina Knowles' 60th birthday bash in New Orleans. monicamylife/Instagram/The Boom Box
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014
The party crowd gets intimate at Muriel's Jackson Square in New Orleans. Kris Jenner/Instagram/Daily Mail
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland, left, and Monica, right
Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland, from left, birthday girl Tina Knowles and Monica at the birthday celebration. Monica Brown/Instagram/Daily Mail
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Kris Jenner middle
Jennifer Hudson, from left, Kris Jenner and Monica at Tina Knowles' 60th birthday bash. monicamylife/Instagram/The Boom Box
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Jay
This photo posted on Twitter by Houston Museum for African American Culture. HMAAC/Twitter
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Beyonce at mom's birthday party
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Solange
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Beyonce at mom's birthday party
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 NOLA in red lipstick
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Musicians Rocko, from left, Monica and Jay Z
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland, left, and Monica, right
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Kris Jenner middle
Tina Knowles 60th birthday party in New Orleans January 2014 Jay

With a host of stars in her wake, Tina Knowles rocked the streets of the New Orleans French Quarter Saturday night with a 60th birthday bash that included a horse-drawn carriage parade and an invitation-only black-tie, masked soirée. The guest list was killer, led by her daughter Beyoncé and son-in-law Jay Z, and included daughter Solange Knowles, Kris (Kardashian) Jenner, CBS' Gayle King, Jennifer Hudson and actor Richard Lawson, Tina's squeeze.

News of the hush-hush party leaked out on TMZ late Friday creating a French Quarter frenzy on Saturday as fans lined up to see the heavy-duty collection of music world (Rocko and Monica) and Hollywood notables. The gold embossed invitation, posted by TMZ, read "Solange Knowles and Beyoncé Carter cordially invite you to share in an enchanted evening in New Orleans to celebrate the birthday of their mother Tina Knowles in the tradition of an old New Orleans masquerade party."

 "Along the ride, party guests were celebrated by French Quarter street crowds, some stepping up to the carriages to clink glasses with the riders." 

The evening began with champagne cocktails at Hotel Monteleone, according to John Guess Jr., CEO of the Houston Museum of African American Culture, who was among a dozen or so Houstonians in the mix. "Glasses in hand, party guests boarded horse drawn carriages for a seven block ride to the Muriel's Jackson Square restaurant," Guess emailed. "Along the ride, party guests were celebrated by French Quarter street crowds, some stepping up to the carriages to clink glasses with the riders."

The birthday girl personally welcomed guests at the restaurant where a New Orleans zydeco band provided dance tunes and waiters passed Louisiana specialties such as seafood gumbo and shrimp etouffe. Later a jazz band, led the partygoers to the second floor for more dancing and celebrating. In the middle of the action was Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland.

Lucky Houstonians receiving the coveted invitation included Annette and Arthur Bracey, Byronne Hearn, Anita Smith and daughter Joy; Melanie Lawson and Guess; Alvia Wardlaw and her dad Alvin along with her sister Joy Fitzgerald and husband Darryl Fitzgerald in from Atlanta; Suzette and Kirbyjon Caldwell; Juanita Rasmus; Cheryl and Percy Creuzot; Vernell Jackson and Angela Phea.

 "What a wonderful gesture on the Knowleses' part to include so many Houstonians to such a warm and fun celebration of a wonderful woman," Guess remarked.

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