Krewe de la Louisiane Presents Welcome to the Jungle
Krewe de la Louisiane celebrated their 17th anniversary Ball on February 23 at the West-Cal Event Center in Sulphur with the theme Welcome to the Jungle. It was a formal event where the Krewe jesters provided entertainment for the guests while dressed as jungle tour guides. The 2019 Royal Court wore costumes representing exotic animals.
The celebration began with the Ball Captain, Hydee Veillon, posing as a Voodoo Witch Doctor. Born in the Philippines, she graduated from Hackberry High School. After 22 years of nursing, she took on a much harder job of becoming a stay-at-home mom. She and her ordained minister husband have five children and one grandbaby. Currently, she and her husband own The Cajun’s Wharf Grill and Bar and she is a member of the Calcasieu Boat Club and the Buccaneers. Her passions are traveling and party planning from hosting poker runs, employee parties, birthday parties, holiday shindigs and an occasional wedding. In 12 years, she plans to have no kids at home, no permanent address and to not have any more goals other than Life is Good.
Duke Zebra and Duchess Peacock were Patrick and Cathryn Bordelon. The couple reside in Lake Charles with their adorable 3-year-old daughter. The Duke has been a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office for the past 18 years where he currently protects and serves with the crime scene forensics. His hobbies include fishing and duck hunting, and he is an exuberant LSU fan and has a not-so-secret love of reality TV. The Duchess is the proud owner of Cathryn’s Florals and Arts as a licensed florist and decorator. She also lends her creative talents to CSE Federal Credit Union where she opens new accounts and is the celebrity voice for their commercials and phone system. She enjoys running jug lines, loves spending time with her family and volunteers many hours of her time to help with all the Krewe Ball decorations.
Dr. Jeffery and Gloria Stevens represented Duke Baboon and Duchess Anaconda. From San Bernardino, California, the Duke was an Allstate football and baseball player and continued to play baseball at Oregon State University. He is a highly decorated veteran who has received numerous honors while serving in the United States Army such as the Good Conduct Medal, years in service hash-mark, Achievement Medal and Prestigious Commendation Medal and was awarded soldier of the year. Jeffery has a dual master’s degree from Webster University, a PHD from Texas A&M University, post doctorate bridge from the University of Florida at Gainesville and is currently a professor at McNeese State University. He is a world traveler who loves to hunt, fish, garden and do anything outdoors. He aspires to one day learn how to play the guitar. The Duchess is from San Antonio, Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Park University. She taught school in Texas before they moved to the great state of Louisiana. Her hobbies include fishing, crabbing, crafting, cooking and baking. They have been married for 28 years and have two children along with a black lab and a beagle.
His Royal Highness, King Louie XVII was Randy Favre and Her Royal Highness, Queen Anne XVII was Suanne Thomason representing the Lion and Lioness. The Royal King resides in Sulphur. He is from Gulfport Mississippi but graduated from Sulphur High and has a registered nursing degree from McNeese State University. He has two children with four grandchildren and one on the way. He served on the Sulphur City Council, Airport Board, Boys Village Board and was designated regional coordinator for the state of Louisiana for 10 years. He has officially retired from West Cal-Cam Hospital as the Emergency Room director. His hobbies include golf, fishing and socializing and he does not miss an LSU football game.
The Royal Queen is a Sulphur transplant from West Monroe. She has two sons and two stepchildren with beautiful families of their own. She loves being outdoors, travel, golf and staying physically fit. Her photo was chosen for the cover of a nationwide Crossfit calendar called Deadlifts and Dresses. She helps to raise breast cancer awareness as her mom is a two-time survivor. As a member of the Southwest Louisiana Chive Chapter, she organizes fundraisers locally and nationally. She has been employed with Edward Jones as a branch office administrator for 17 years. In addition to being an avid Star Wars nerd, she loves to go to car shows, dress in costumes and previously served as a Krewe Duchess. She is also a proud LSU Tiger Mom.
The Krewe toasted their 2019 Royalty and kicked off the night performing the Second Line parade. Live entertainment was provided by the first cover band to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, New Orleans Super Pop group “Bag of Donuts.”
Special thanks to Deep South Productions for providing the sound and lighting, Simple Memories for the photography, master of ceremonies Justin Morris, all the Krewe members and guests for their attendance and lastly, the hardworking board of directors for laboring all year to make this Krewe amazing: Tab Finchum, Misty Finchum, Kari Felice, Russie Rogers, Monica Lafleur, John Watkins, Brandon Walker, Randy Favre, Brittany Nash and John Thomson. Krewe information can be found on Facebook: Krewe de la Louisiane.