Krewe du Lac Presents Their 36th Ball
The 36th annual Krewe du Lac Mardi Gras Ball, one of the few costume-only balls in Lake Charles, was held on Saturday, February 23 in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Captain John C. Owen, who has served on the Krewe’s board of directors for the past four years, began his new role as the Krewe’s third Captain in almost four decades! An information technology program manager in the aerospace and defense industry, Captain Owen is an avid slalom water skier. He and his wife Kathy have three daughters and enjoy family vacations, supporting the ACTS community and cheering on the Cowboys, Tigers and Saints. They are members of Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church.
Captain Owen, along with the Krewe’s dedicated board of directors (Chad Bertrand, Joan Bloomfield, Keith Green, Clarice LaFosse, Jon LaFleur, Alicia LeBlanc, Celeste Lindsay, Donnie Martin, Robbie Ortego and Tina Reggie), strive to ensure that Krewe du Lac members enjoy fun-filled activities throughout the year. Don Menard serves as the Krewe’s webmaster and communications manager, while Brenda Wilkinson, Debbie Carlin and Colvin LeDoux serve as advisors to the Royal Court.
Serving as emcee was John Paul Timpa, a skills development specialist at First Federal Bank of Louisiana. He started off the evening by introducing the first royal pairing, Duchess Angelica XXXVI and Duke Andrew XXXVI. Duchess Angelica XXXVI was Bridgit Rene Simon Woods of Lake Arthur. After graduating Gueydan High School in 1978, Bridgit attended Crowley Vocational College and became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1990. For 20 years she was an obstetrical nurse, and is now a part-time nurse at the Lake Arthur Health Clinic of Jennings American Legion Hospital. Bridgit has been married to Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods (Duke Edward XXXI) for 31 years. They have five sons, Gerald Scott Bertrand (Rachel), Ian Jude Woods (Bailey), Isaac Jacob Woods (fiancée Peyton Miller), Ivan John Woods and Iryn Joseph Woods. Their grandchildren are Brinkley, Carrley and Kinley Bertrand and Cohen Jude Woods. The Duchess is the daughter of the late B.D. and Janet Simon of Gueydan and is a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Arthur. She has been a Krewe member for eight years and is also a member of The Krewe of Athena, where she served as Duchess Aglaia in 2010. As a two-time kidney cancer survivor, her most impressive membership to date is the cancer survivor club. The Duchess is a true “Cajun Cook” who loves serving up large meals. She enjoys riding on her party barge, barbecuing, and gardening.
Duke Andrew XXXVI, Zachary Maneille, obtained an Associates’s degree of Applied Science from SOWELA and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. The Duke is employed at Louisiana Pigment where he is an instrument and electrical technician. He and his wife Jenny have been married for 11 years and have two children, Ava and Charlotte. Zachary and his family attend Our Lady Queen of Heaven church where he serves as an usher and is a member of the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Men’s ACTS community. Zachary and his family love to travel and have visited eight countries and 18 states. In his spare time, he enjoys doing home renovation projects, spending time with his family, hanging out with his friends, playing golf, cooking, and watching LSU football and baseball. The Duke has been a Krewe member for eight years.
Next to be presented were Duchess Caroline XXXVI and Duke Edward XXXVI. Duchess Caroline XXXVI, Paige Reeves, graduated from Sulphur High School and went on to McNeese State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Early Childhood Education in 1994. She became a teacher with the Calcasieu Parish School Board, teaching kindergarten and second grade at Frasch Elementary. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2000 and in 2017, she received her certification to teach ESL from Southeastern Louisiana State University, which she is currently teaching at W.W. Lewis Middle School. The daughter of Linda Doucet and the late Gerald Doucet of Sulphur, the Duchess has been married to Sam Reeves (Duke Edward XXV), for nine years and they have three children, Gillian, Olivia and Alex. They are parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church in Sulphur. The Duchess enjoys reading, kayaking, hiking, traveling, fancy drinks and lounging by the pool. Paige and Sam have been active members of the Krewe for eight years and have been members of Krewe du Sauvage for four years.
Duke Edward XXXVI, Ryan Stuart King, graduated from South Cameron High School in 1997 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science from McNeese State University in 2001. The Duke is employed by the State of Louisiana as a public heath sanitarian. He and his wife, Courtnie Benoit King, live in Creole, and have two sons, Brett and Kale. His passion is raising registered American Red Brangus cattle, and he Courtnie are the owners of Happy Ridge Red Brangus. Ryan is on the National American Red Brangus Association board of directors. In his spare time, he officiates high school football and sprays mosquitos for Cameron Parish. They are parishioners at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Creole, where Ryan is active in the ACTS community. He has been on ACTS team twice and looks forward to teaming many more ACTS retreats.
The Royal Couple were Queen Katherine XXXVI and King Charles du Lac XXXVI. Queen Katherine XXXVI was Claire Barnatt Hess. A graduate of A.M. Barbe High School, the Queen was a founding member of the girls’ soccer team and a member of the Barbe High Band. She attended LSU and played soccer for LSU Club team before returning to Lake Charles and completing her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in 2003, majoring in Graphic Design. She returned to McNeese State University and obtained a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree in 2009. She was a member of the Civil Engineering Society and served as the student government representative during this time. Claire is currently a project manager for Structural Preservation Systems in Sulphur.
Claire and her husband Robert have been married for 10 years and have two children, Nora and Brady. They reside in downtown Lake Charles and are parishioners at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The Queen is the daughter of Jim (King Charles du Lac XXVII) and Theresa (Queen Katherine XXI) Barnatt, Krewe founding members. Claire and her family have been members of Krewe du Lac for 11 years and she served on the board from 2013-2017. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Lake Charles Junior League serving as the technology assistant chair for 2018-2019, and is a member of the Lake Charles Racquet Club. She is also an active member of Krewe of IRIS in New Orlean,s riding with the IRIS Originals. Claire is an avid fan of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and the Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots. She enjoys spending lazy summer weekends at the Racquet Club pool and winters watching sports and anything on Bravo.
King Charles du Lac XXXVI, Vic Salvador is a 1985 graduate of Barbe High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from McNeese State University in 1989. He is the favorite son of the late Renalds and Geraldine Salvador. Vic has enjoyed a 30-year career in law enforcement, working his way through the ranks of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office in Corrections, Patrol and Detectives, retiring in 2018 to run for office. In December, Vic was elected the Ward 3-Lake Charles City Marshal where he hopes to continue serving our community for many years to come. In 1997 in Criminal Court, Vic met Cinnamon Parker, a probation officer. Later that year, Vic received a life sentence and has been married to Cinnamon for more than 21 years, most of them as members of Krewe du Lac! Besides enjoying Krewe time, Vic and Cinnamon love everything New Orleans, McNeese sports, live music, NASCAR, camping and the Chicago Cubs. They are are the proud parents of Lauren Salvador and are looking forward to her wedding this June to Matt “The Boy” Johnson.
After the presentation, this fun-loving Krewe danced the night away to the sounds of the New Orleans band, “Mixed Nuts.” Laisser le Bon Temps Rouler!