DENHAM SPRINGS — Darrell and Melissa Bennett reigned as the king and queen over the Krewe of Denham Springs’ 33rd annual Mardi Gras Ball on Jan. 26 at North Park Recreational Center.
Theme was “Let’s Dance.”
The Bennetts have been members of the krewe for 11 years and have served as parade captains, publicity and social chairperson, second vice president and float captains for their float krewe, the Krewe of Mystic Summer. They have been married 18 years and have two children and five grandchildren.
The king is retail supervisor for Advantage Sales & Marketing, and the queen is a senior account manager for Honeywell.
The outgoing king and queen, Lamy Chopin Jr. and Deborah Becnel, presented the royal couple with their silver medallion necklaces.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks, along with the royal court, presented the first toast of the evening to the couple.
They officially kicked off the celebration with their first dance as king and queen to Frank Sinatra’s, “The Way You Look Tonight.” Joining them was the royal court.
Members of the court included Ball Captains Gene and Margie Cabello, Parade Captains Billy and Joy McCartney, and the float captains: David and Mary Stringfellow, Krewe of Mystic Summer; Susan Pepper, Krewe of Bras Moi Chue; Jena Earnhart, Krewe of Des Amis; Roni and Joe Juneau, Krewe of Elleshoux; Sherry Powell, Krewe of Fleur de Lis; Doug and Mary Poole, Krewe of Klassy Cajuns; Mickey Sharp, Krewe of Konfusion; Bill and Gwen Stegall, Krewe of Nouba; Loron and Dana Teig, Krewe of Neaux Klu; Mike and Lynn Bienvenu, Krewe of Roux; and Ronnie and Lynn Dugas, Krewe of Who.
The ceremony ended with the king and queen leading the royal court in the Mardi Gras “Second Line” dance.
More than 300 members and guests were in attendance to enjoy an evening of dancing and entertainment. The master of ceremonies was Johnny Ahysen of WAFB.
Music was provided by Off the Hook.
The Krewe of Denham Springs will continue its Mardi Gras celebration with a parade at 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 2. Grand marshal will be singer David St. Romain.