Krewe de Carnivale’ Presents Carnivale’ of Games
Krewe de Carnivale’ celebrated Mardi Gras in grand and glorious style at the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall on February 9. The Krewe chose “Carnivale’ of Games” as the theme for their annual Mardi Gras mega-party. The event was a costume-optional ball with guests and members alike transforming themselves into characters portraying all things related to games. For the evening, the guests entered through a kaleidoscopic, vividly colored chamber into a festively decorated ballroom. Members and guests were dressed in elegant attire as well as elaborate costumes depicting a wide array of characters.
Ball Captain Steven Lane served as the Master of Ceremonies as he signaled the start of the Krewe’s Second Line procession into the ballroom. The introduction of Royalty kicked off the evening with the presentation of the King and Queen of Krewe de Carnivale’ 2019, Marshall Trahan and Margaret McCloskey DeStout portraying King and Queen of Carnivale’ Medieval Games of Intrigue. The Captain then offered a traditional toast to the members and guests.
Ball Captain Steven Lane was born in Oroville, California, raised in central Louisiana and has resided in Lake Charles for over 20 years. He is the son of Robert and Amy Lane and currently works as Inventory Manager at Sabine Pools.
King Marshall Trahan was born and raised in Welsh and currently resides in Jennings where he serves his community as a patrol deputy for the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office. He is the proud youngest son of Joseph and Betty Trahan.
Queen Margaret McCloskey DeStout is a native of Eunice and has been a resident of Lake Charles since 1992. Margaret retired in 2016 following a 28-year career as a business owner in the field of home care. Upon retirement, Margaret returned to school to study public health administration. She is married to Paul DeStout and between them they have five children, John, Michael (Karli) and Hannah McCloskey, and Alexandra and Joanna DeStout. Recently, Margaret tried quite unsuccessfully to start an herb garden followed by a disastrous and dangerous pursuit of stained glass. She finally settled on a much easier hobby of acrylic painting. Until one of their children bestows a grandchild upon her, Margaret will continue to dote on her pups Rudy, Lilly and Moe.
The Captain, along with the King and Queen, would like to thank everyone who helped to make the evening so memorable.
Krewe de Carnivale’ has two traditions unique to the area. First is the bead toss where Krewe members take to the stage several times during the evening to electrify the party crowd by tossing beads and trinkets to chants of “Throw me something mister!” The other tradition is to cap off the evening with the napkin toss where guests are invited to pitch thousands of paper napkins in the air while the disco classic “Love is in the Air” plays on.
Krewe de Carnivale was established in 2000 by a group of friends that wanted to celebrate Mardi Gras in a slightly different manner, emphasizing the fun, enjoyable and carefree elements of previously attended celebrations.