Krewe of Okeanos

PLAQUEMINE — Glen Patrick and Devin Dugas reigned as King Okeanos XXXIV and Queen Tethys XXXIV as the Krewe of Okeanos took a trip down Plaquemine’s Memory Lane for its Mardi Gras ball on Feb. 2.

The Carl F. Grant Civic Center served as the backdrop as the royal court portrayed city leaders from the past who helped make Plaquemine the city it is today.

The king represented the Parade Marshal, while his queen, the daughter of Glen and Anne Patrick, portrayed Evangeline. They both appeared in royal blue trains that were centered with Plaquemine city crests featuring the year the city was established.

Introduced as the ball captains were Sissy Irwin, representing City Councilwoman Etta Lee Gulotta, Anne Patrick as Deputy Dot Beeson, and Glen Patrick as Chief Tomahawk.

Rody Willis portrayed local historian Anthony “Tony” Fama, whose stories, knowledge and collection of photographs preserved city history. Maudie Hunt was Lolita Daigre, local teacher and the founder of the children’s Grey Monkey Parade, which has been brought back into existence by the Iberville Parish Library.

Ryan Comeaux portrayed Gary Hebert, the founder/editor of the Greater Plaquemine Post newspaper, who was also a leading preservationist in the drive to save the Plaquemine Locks State Historic Site and what later became the Gary J. Hebert Memorial Lockhouse. Comeaux escorted Shannon Simpson, who was local Mardi Gras guru Brenda Comeaux, a past ball captain and krewe member who was best known for her love of hats and social media.

The founder of the Rhodes J. Spedale Hospital, Dr. Rhodes J. Spedale, and his wife, “Miss Zoe,” who was a key figure in the garden club and other social organizations, were represented by Beyn Schwing and Susan Landry.

Sheriff Jessel Ourso, leader and head Iberville Parish law enforcement official, was portrayed by his son, J. Mitchell Ourso, Iberville Parish president. Agnes Landry, best known for her work with the youth of the city and the Plaquemine Youth Center, 4-H, and being on the state Cosmetology Board, was represented by Beth Bueche.

Hunter Markins portrayed Louis Nicolosi, who was a charter krewe member, past ball captain, teacher and founder of the Iberville Parish Museum. Joni Courtade represented Winifred Trabeau, also a charter member, past ball captain and the national grand regent of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Because of the big part that religion has played in Plaquemine’s history, the religious sector was represented by “Monsignor” Medric Smith and “Sister Mary” Johnette Gourgues.