Krewe du Grand Bois Presents Grease
Krewe du Grand Bois celebrated their 39th annual Mardi Gras Ball on March 1 at Habibi Temple in Moss Bluff with the theme “Grease.”
King Danny and Queen Sandy of Grande Bois High were Gary and Tracy Melancon. King Danny and Queen Sandy had chills that were multiplying and were hopelessly devoted to making the Ball an amazing night for everyone. Gary is the son of longtime and dedicated Krewe member Ann Melancon and the late Leonard Melancon. Gary and Tracy both graduated from Sam Houston High School and first met at a dance at St. Theodore’s in 1982 when Tracy was 16. She was smitten; Gary played hard to get, as Danny did in Grease. Residents of Santa Fe, Texas for 30 years, Gary has been the key accounts manager for BK Power systems for 31 years, and Tracy has been a registered dental assistant for the last 30 years. They have been married for 34 years and have two amazing daughters, Amy and Megan, along with four Royal grandchildren, Zoe, Adilynn, Connor, and Liam. They enjoy spending time with their family as well taking cruises. Gary likes to hunt and fish and Tracy is an avid runner who has competed in at least 40 races including 20 half marathons. Is there any wonder why Gary wanted Tracy in those tight black hot pants at the beginning of the show? The Melancons have been members of the Krewe since 2010.
The Duke and Duchess of the Drag Race, Kenickie and Rizzo, were Sean and Tessa Vidrine. Duke Sean is the son of Krewe President Sara Vidrine, graduated from Westlake High School and is still looking to “race for pinks” from anyone who will take him on. Duchess Tessa graduated from Hackberry High School and wanted to get her kicks while she was young enough to get ‘em. The Vidrines are owners of Lake Area Countertop Supply in Moss Bluff and S&B Capital, a real estate investment company. They have been married for 17 years and have two sons, Kayden and Christian. They enjoy hanging with friends, camping, fishing, boating, and going to concerts. They are also involved with ACTS and Sean is an accomplished musician. The Vidrines are brand-new members of the Krewe.
Duke and Duchess of the Drive-In, Sonny and Marty, were Jaysen and Tracy Dautriel. Jaysen is a lot like Sonny as he can be seen spiking the punch with whatever is in his flask. We were lucky we could find Marty for the presentation, as it seems she had been canoodling with Vince Fontaine backstage for quite awhile. Duke Jaysen is a graduate of Westlake High School and Duchess Tracy is a graduate of Sam Houston High School. Although they attended rival schools, it seems that they were hopelessly devoted to one another.
Jaysen owns and operates Dautriel’s plumbing, while Tracy traded in her status as a “one-woman USO” and is now a systems coordinator for Westlake City Hall. They have been married for 25 years and have two daughters, Caitlyn and Trisha, along with three grandchildren, Kooper, Charlie, and Josie. Tracy enjoys shopping and reading and Jaysen likes to hunt. Together, they enjoy spending time with family and friends and fishing. The Dautriels are brand-new Krewe members.
The Duke and Duchess of the Jukebox, Putzie and Jan, were Nelson and Teri Mire. Nelson is a graduate of LaGrange High School while Teri is a Yankee from New York. Nelson has worked for 36 years at LNG facilities and has been employed at Cameron LNG since 2007. He is no longer the T-Bird nerd at Grande Bois High. Teri graduated from McNeese with a Nursing degree and is currently a Registered Nurse with Nurse Family Partnerships. She and Nelson go together like ra-ma la-ma la-ma ka ding-a ding-a dong. They’ll always be together. They have been married for 27 years and have a blended family with five children and eight grandchildren. Nelson and Teri enjoy traveling, going to the beach, dancing, eating out, meeting new people, and spending time at their camp on the river. She and Nelson have been Members of Krewe du Grande Bois for the last 20 years, but have been attending the annual ball for 28 years!
Duke and Duchess of the Malt Shop, Doody and Frenchy, were Sam and Denise Hebert. The Duchess is definitely not a beauty school dropout, and both were “pros” at being Doody and Frenchy this year. Duke Sam attended Lake Charles High and McNeese State University. You may know him from this phrase, “Perhaps we should talk” or tonight, “Perhaps we should dance!” He is owner of Sam Hebert Financial Group. Denise was born in New York City and moved to Lake Charles when she was 13. She is a graduate of Barbe High School and McNeese State University. Denise has an amazing talent for photography and is the Krewe Historian. The Duke and Duchess have been married for 39 years and have three children: Elizabeth, Kayla, and Brian The Heberts have been Krewe members for many years and served on the Grande Bois Court several times, including King and Queen in 2011.
Captains Leo and Cha Cha were Bobby and Debbie Kershaw.
If “Grease is the word,” “Grease” is what it took for Bob to slide Debbie into his life. Debbie stole Bob’s heart when she pulled a lock of hair from her chest at Thunder Road when she and Bobby married 14 years ago. Debbie is the daughter of longtime Krewe member Ann Melancon and the late Leonard Melancon. Bobby graduated from LaGrange High School many moons ago and has been an operator for Lyndell Bassell & Olin for 30 years. Debbie is a graduate of Sam Houston High School, and when she isn’t sporting her tight pants and neckerchief, she is a retired RN who worked for Memorial Hospital and Coventry. According to Bob, Debbie is living up to her character name, Cha Cha, as she “shakes it” around the house every day. They have five children, Chad, Lance, Stacy, Kelly, and Christopher and are also the proud grandparents of seven. They enjoy traveling together and spending time with family, and have been Krewe members for many years.