THE GENESIS OF KREWE of MADNESS
Krewe of Madness made their debut into the Mardi Gras community on January 26, celebrating their Inaugural Ball held at the Lake Charles Civic Center Buccaneer Room. It was a black-tie event where guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and an evening filled with music that kept the dance floor packed.
Krewe of Madness wants to celebrate what Mardi Gras means to them…. breaking away from the customary traditions and creating their own. You’ve seen the parades, collected the beads, and have even gotten your hands on some authentic Mardi Gras King Cake in all of its green, purple, and gold glory. While these colors have a rich history in Mardi Gras, Krewe of Madness re-invents what the colors represent for them. The re-invented colors, Emerald, Amethyst, and Dazzling Gold, are what inspired their forever Ball and Royal Court theme.
The night started off with the Master of Ceremonies, Brandon Martin, introducing the President, Heather Fontenot and Vice President, Kandis Poissot. The two Founding Mothers welcomed the crowd, talked about how this new Krewe came to fruition, and introduced their board members and fellow Founding Mothers. They include Chelsea Andrus, Founding Mother and Krewe Social Director; Chance Marquez, Founding Mother and Parade Director; Lauren Kallenbach, Krewe Secretary; and Kelly Willis, Krewe Ball Director.
The emcee took over from there and highlighted the vibrancy of Mardi Gras and the meanings behind these re-invented regal colors as he introduced their very first Royal Court.
The presentation began with the introduction of this year’s Debutante, Kaitlyn Simmons, escorted by her father, Brandon Simmons. She is the granddaughter of Krewe members Trina and BJ Miller.
Symbolizing life and new beginnings, the Duke and Duchess of Emerald, Justin & Courtney Lowry, represented the establishment of the Krewe. The newlyweds reside in Moss Bluff and share four children. The Duchess has been a hairstylist for 10 years and currently works at K & Co. Hair Salon. The Duke is an agent for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Symbolizing Grandeur and Extravagance, the Duke and Duchess of Amethyst, Hunter and Miranda Esthay, represented the core of what the Krewe stands for: an over-the-top party. The Duke and Duchess have been married for two years and reside in Moss Bluff. They are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Holland Marie. The Duchess is an administrative assistant at Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center, while the Duke has worked as an instrument supervisor at TRIAD for five years.
In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
The 2019 King and Queen of Madness were Mr. & Mrs. William “BJ” and Christina “Trina” Miller. The King and Queen of Madness will have rule over all that is debaucherous and mad, such is the spirit of Mardi Gras. The King and Queen were adorned with accents of dazzling gold symbolizing prosperity, longevity and unity.
They have been happily married for 15 years and together they have seven children and 19 grandchildren. The Royal Couple reside in the wonderful community of Johnson Bayou where they attend Johnson Bayou Baptist Church and own and operate Johnson Bayou RV park.
The King is a maintenance supervisor at Cheniere LNG while the Queen spends her days managing their business. Together, they are always willing to lend a helping hand. They love what they do and who they do it for.
Music, sound and lighting were provided by the talented Derek Miller with Big South Productions. Court and guest photography was handles by Davenna Trahan with Davenna Lea Photography, and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal by Kelly Willis with Cajun Cafe. Krewe of Madness was chartered in February 2018 with a group of ladies who like to call themselves The Founding Mothers.