ERWINVILLE — The Erwinville Civic Center took on a Carnival air for the Krewe of Maringouin Mardi Gras Inc.’s 26th annual ball Jan. 2.
Guests were greeted to a theme of “Tradition on the Bayou.”
Tableau presentations began with the introduction of Ball Captain Sylvia Sterling, of Maringouin, a retired state worker with 33 years of service at the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She is the mother of two and the wife of the late Clarence D. Sterling.
Sterling opened the ball as members of the krewe were introduced and promenaded around the ballroom led by krewe President Verbie Parker. Introduced as grand marshal for the 2013 ball was Judge Alvin Batiste, of Plaquemine.
Highlighting the evening was the presentation of the royal couple, Ivan O’Brien Green and Andrea Jane’t Hollins.
The king, the husband of Lola Kimble Green, of Lottie, is retired from Sun Oil Co., where he worked for 30 years. The owner of Green’s Production Gauger, he has three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The queen is the daughter of Stephanie Hollins and the granddaughter of the late Joseph Edward Hollins and Louise Theresa Hollins, of Maringouin. She is a Medicaid program manager with the Department of Health and Hospitals - Medical Vendor Administration. She is a graduate of Xavier University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of West Georgia.
Throughout the evening guests were entertained by the Neal Band.
Proceeds from the ball will go to the krewe’s foundation fund which provides a financial scholarship to a local high school senior, and donations to senior citizen service and community projects.
The krewe was founded in 1987 when it held its first parade and ball.
Krewe members include Albert “June” and Joyernette Anderson, Freddie Davis, Danielle Dorsey, Janey Lee Gilbert, Henry Harris, Allison Hicks, Jacqueline Hunt, Lizzie Johnese, Althea Littles, Gerard Louis, Florida Oliver, Mike Oliver III, Verbie Parker, Georgia Moore-Scott, Sylvia Sterling, Daisy Hawkins-Thomas, Guy and Felicia Thomas, Michael and Cassandra Thompson, Shirley Tillman, Annie B. Vaughn and Faye Woolfolk.
The royal couple will continue their reign at the Krewe of Maringouin’s annual Mardi Gras Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday. Floats, marching units and bands will proceed down Bayou Road to Landry Street, and then go up La. 77 and right on Lane Street where the parade will disband.
For more information on activities or directions, call (225) 625-4098 or (225) 964-8836.