La Krewe Des Gens Extraordinaire
Presents A Mystical Evening of Arabian Nights
On March 2, the Krewe Des Gens Extraordinaire presented “A Mystical Evening with Arabian Nights” where they celebrated 24 years of Royalty. The Buccaneer Room at the Lake Charles Civic Center was transformed into a vibrant and beautiful ballroom comparable only to the Taj Mahal.
The Krewe bid farewell to King Rellis Chavis and Queen Johnnie Belle Chavis and their Royal Court of 2018 that celebrated the “Festivals of Louisiana.”
The National Anthem was sung by Carnegie Hall-bound Lagrange High School Senior Jakylyn Bowers as he serenaded the audience with his smooth vocals. He is also the winner of the Martin Luther King essay. The color guard was presented by Major Floyd with Washington Marion High School ROTC.
The 2019 Royal Court was led by President Johnnie Belle Chavis and 2019 Ball Captain Carlos Metoyer. The Court consisted of Duchess Kelli Robertson and her Escort Jasper Williamson representing the “Sands of Time.”
The 2019 King and Queen of Arabian Nights were King Michael Fontenot and Queen Donna “Nikki” Fontenot. King Michael, a resident of Lake Charles, is the son of the late Michael Wayne Fontenot and Carmen Hebert. Michael graduated from Alfred M. Barbe High School in 1993. He continued his education at McNeese State University, where he earned two Associate’s degrees in Processing Plant and General Studies. He then went on to earn two Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Marketing. Michael joined Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity during his tenure in college. He used his education to obtain a promising career of 19 years at Phillips 66 Refinery. Michael joined the Krewe des Gens Extraordinaire in 2013. Ironically, Michael met his Queen at the Krewe’s 2014 Annual Mardi Gras Ball.
Queen Donna “Nikki” Fontenot resides with Michael in Lake Charles. She is the oldest daughter of Douglas Griffin of Lake Charles and Virginia Thibodeaux of Baton Rouge. She attended LaGrange Senior High School until her junior year, where she attended Genesis Christian Academy when the family moved to Arlington, Texas. She is continuing her education and is currently a junior at McNeese State University’s College of Business. Until marrying her King Michael in 2015, Nikki had a 15-year career in management as a dedicated employee in the Texas dental industry.
Together Michael and Nikki have a “blended” family with Kennedy Fontenot, 16, La Vontre White, 24 and Kiara McFail, 28. King Michael and Queen Nikki love spending quality time with their 2-year-old grandson Ethan and a host of family and friends. In their spare time, they enjoy traveling, experiencing different cultures, and eating different foods around the world. After watching a clip on KPLC about the need for businesses along the Nellie Lutcher Pkwy (N. Enterprise Blvd.), Michael and Nikki opened Spice’s Mardi Gras Hut in 2016, offering a “little something different” in the arena of the famous Cajun spicy boiled seafood. Currently, they are in their third successful crawfish season, where they plan to use this platform to add value to our community.
“As King and Queen, we are honored and excited to represent the Krewe des Gens Extraordinaire’s 2019 Royal Court, along with celebrating with local Krewes during the Mardi Gras festivities.”
~Michael and Donna “Nikki” Fontenot
The Krewe was excited to host their guests while they socialized and enjoyed the elegant decorations. The Royal Toast and Promenade preceded a night of Second Lines and Royal pageantry. Krewe members entertained guests with a tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin. Ann Minor brought back awesome memories with the song “Respect” and Relina Malveaux showed why she was Queen of Soul with the song “Jump.”
Members and their guests danced the night away to the electrifying sounds of Hotline, a live band from Opelousas. The night was filled with awesome people, great music, Creole food and Mardi Gras excitement. Laissez Les Bon Temp Rouler!!!
La Krewe Des Gens Extraordinaire was founded in 1995 and is composed of 32 extraordinary people from all walks of life, all dedicated to the festive Mardi Gras celebration. This Krewe of Extraordinary People has made a commitment to foster and promote this joyous celebration by participating in all Mardi Gras activities in Southwest Louisiana. La Krewe Des Gens Extraordinaire is in its 24th year and looks forward to continuous Mardi Gras merriment in the spirit of the Mardi Gras season!