Krewe of Gumbo YaYa Presents A Voyage to Africa
The Krewe of Gumbo YaYa’s annual Mardi Gras Ball ball took place on February 23 at the Lake Charles Civic Center, where everyone in attendance was taken on “A Voyage To Africa.”
His Majesty King Malcolm Hardin VI and her Majesty Queen Keyecho Hardin VI, originally from New Orleans, have been active members for three years. They have been married for 13 years and are the proud parents of three wonderful kids.
Royal Court members were Duchess Charlene Rosamore (Escorted by Jonathan Chevis-Armelin), Duchess Tremika Busby-Taylor (Escorted by Shawn Taylor), Duchess Ericka Bigelow, Duchess Priscilla Bennet (Escorted by Darrell Bennett Sr.), Duchess Geri Wilkins-Vital and Duke Brandon Vital. Ball Captains were Derryon Esprit-Roberts and Monique Wiltz.
The Royal Court would like to send a huge thank you to emcees Krystle Johnson Brown and Brandrick Levy, along with DJ IKEW and photographers Eric Webb and Arthur Rosamore.
The Krewe of Gumbo YaYa was established in 2012 by founders Courtnee Brown and Geri Wilkins-Vital, two friends who have a deep love for Mardi Gras and decided to give Lake Charles a taste of what they have been missing. The Krewe colors are royal blue and gold, and the Crest signifies great food, great people and tons of fun. The Krewe of Gumbo YaYa is all about having a good time together with everyone they love the most, and is made up of adults 25 and older. The Krewe of Gumbo YaYa is very active within the community by hosting a back to school drive, as well as Adopt a Spot.