Krewe de la Noblesse Presents Saints and Sinners
Saints and Sinners was the theme for Krewe de la Noblesse’s 34th Mardi Gras Ball held February 9 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. Guests were greeted by the 2018 Royal Court as they strolled through the Garden of Good and Evil. The Garden featured “The Bird Girl” sculpture nestled amongst lush greenery. The Court entrance drew guests into the dark and light of the evening with Heaven and Hell’s gates. Throughout the Coliseum, the theme carried on with the Seven Heavenly Virtues and Deadly Sins.
The evening’s script was written by Kristine Lyons and directed by Krewe member Paul Pounders. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mr. Dale Mann, with Deep South Productions providing the lighting and sound. The costumes were designed and made by Kevin Hodge of Lake Charles.
The presentation began with the posting of colors by the Sea Cadets and the singing of the National Anthem. The Krewe Board for 2018-2019 was introduced: Mrs. Valerie Norwood, president escorted by her husband, Kenneth Norwood; Mr. Anthony Vincent, first vice president, escorted by his wife Mary Vincent; Mr. Mike Parr, second vice president, escorted by his wife Joy Parr; Mrs. Sheila Pounders, escorted by her son Blake Johnson; Mrs. Christine Fontenot, treasurer, escorted by her husband, Keith Fontenot; and Ms. Rene’ Dever, Krewe representative, escorted by her son William Garrett Dever.
The Royal Court for the 33rd Ball, “Carnival of Venice,” was introduced: King Gabriel Noblesse XXXIII, Mr. Scott Stevens; Queen Ashley Noblesse XXXIII, Mrs. Angela Stevens; Duke and Duchess of Frivolity, Mike and Alice Joy Parr and Duchess of Merriment, Jessica Gremillion.
Next, the 2018 Debutantes were presented. Miss Hadley Campbell is the daughter of Breanne and James Campbell Sr. and the granddaughter of Krewe members Jim and Debbie Campbell. She was escorted by her grandfather Jim Campbell, Sr. of Horton, Michigan. Hadley attends Klein Collins High School with dual enrollment in Lonestar College in Spring, TX. After graduation in May, Hadley plans to attend Sam Houston State University and major in Biomedical Sciences in pursuit of being a cardiothoracic surgeon. Hadley is in the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. She is a member of the exclusive “Hype Squad,” Healthy Occupations Students of America and Business Professionals of America. She spends her spare time volunteering at Texas Oncology.
Miss Hailey Ann Moore is the granddaughter of Krewe member Amy Moore and the daughter of Stacey and Charles Moore II. She was escorted by her father. She graduated from Montgomery High School in Montgomery, TX in 2017 where she was a member of Interact Club and the Varsity Swim Team. During her freshman year, she was on the Varsity Volleyball team at Frassati Catholic High School in Spring, TX. Hailey currently attends Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX majoring in Film and Creative Writing. She is a member of Tri Delta sorority and anticipates graduating in 2022.
As heavenly clouds crawled across the coliseum floor, the gates of Heaven and Hell opened to present Captain, Joe Cimini. Captain Joe and his wife Brenda are residents of Key West, FL and the parents of Mrs. Laura Piercy and Mrs. Jo Ellen Russell. They are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren, Jillian, Evan, Ally, Bethany, and Megan Piercy and Caleb and Sydney Gates. Joe is a graduate of West Virginia University and retired from PPG Industries. He is the president of the board of directors of the Banyan Resort in Key West, Florida. The Captain and his wife attend the Basilica of St Mary Star of the Sea Church. They are members of the Pelican Coast Parrothead Club and the Key West Parrothead Club and enjoy traveling.
Next, the Royal Court for 2019 was introduced. Representing Forbidden Love were Duke Jeffrey Jouett and Duchess Angela Eve Jouett. Duke Jeffrey is a graduate of McNeese State University and is employed as a sales manager for Protech Powder Coatings. Duchess Angela has a BS in Public Relations and is employed as the Health Initiatives and Strategic Partnership Manager for the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. They have three children: Brooke Leeah LaFargue, Jade Elise Kingham and Farrah Morgan LeBouef. They are both active in Trinity Baptist Church and enjoy traveling around the world visiting vineyards and experiencing other cultures
Representing Desire were Duke Wade Van Winkle and Duchess Katarina Van Winkle. Duke Wade graduated from South Beauregard High School and then obtained a degree in Instrumentation from SOWELA Technical Community College. He is an operations shift supervisor for Sasol North America. Duchess Katarina is a native of Bosnia and Herzegovnia (former Yugoslavia). She received a degree in nursing from Tuzla Medical School in Europe and was a nurse on the front lines in the Balkan War. She met her husband after the war and moved to the United States. Duchess is a survivor who is extremely thankful to America and the life she lives today. She loves working with people and graduated from Demons School of Beauty and Wella Hair Academy in New York abd then opened her own business, ONA Salon. The Duke and Duchess have two children, Adriana and Nikola. Katarina developed her own charity call Mistle-Toe where she collects socks during the holidays for the homeless and spends Christmas day handing them out at area shelters. Both the Duke and Duchess like to travel, scuba dive and snorkel in tropical locations.
The audience was asked to stand as King Gabriel Noblesse XXXIV, Rex Randal Royer and Queen Ashley Noblesse XXXIV, Dina Marie Hardy Royer entered the Coliseum. The King is a manager of nursing informatics at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University. He also served our country as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during Operation Just Cause in Panama and again in both Operation Desert Shield and Storm as a tank commander. Our decorated King was awarded the Army Commendation medal with two oak leaf clusters. King Rex is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Nursing Informatics Association. The King loves to travel and has been to three more countries than the Queen, as he likes to tell it.
Queen Dina is district manager for Rotech Healthcare and graduated from LSU with a degree in Respiratory Care and is registered in Sleep Medicine. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and a good bottle of wine. Traveling to over 40 different countries on six continents is what the Queen loves to do in her spare time. Last year, the Royal Couple drove the entire ring road of Iceland in a 10-year-old campervan, coming within six miles of the Arctic Circle. Their next adventure will bring them to Croatia, where they will chart a catamaran and sail the Adriatic. King Rex and Queen Dina have four children, Kyrie Green, Landon Royer, Wesley Royer and Exchange Student Sabrina Romance. They have five grandchildren: Leigha, Mason, Hunter, Stella, Riley and Andy.
Following the traditional toast, the Captain and Royal Court, led by Krewe member Tony Comeaux, participated in the annual Second Line. Members and guests were invited to join the procession raising their umbrellas in true Mardi Gras tradition. The remainder of the evening was spent dancing the night away to the music of Jet Seven.
OOPS! Technical Difficulty From 2018
Representing the Frivolity of Carnivale for Krewe de la Noblesse’s 2018 Court were Duke Mike and Duchess Joy Parr. Duke Mike, a sales consultant for Mayflower Van Lines, attended San Jacinto Junior College and the University of Houston. He is president of the Louisiana Household Good Carrier Association and a member of the Louisiana Transport Association. Mike is an avid scuba diver, fisherman and hunter. Duchess Joy attended Iowa High School and is a retired Wal-Mart Department manager; she enjoys fishing, boating and the outdoors as well as cooking, floral design, and sewing. The Duke and Duchess are the proud parents of Kim Jacobs, Mike Parr Jr., Melissa LeBert and Dana Rodrigue.