NEW ROADS — The 70th annual New Roads Lions Carnival parade rolled with a theme of “Musical Memories” Tuesday, along an extended 31/2-mile route of downtown.
The lineup included some 75 entries including floats, marching bands and drill units. Reigning as king and queen over the festivities were Bennett Edward “Eddie” Bergeron and Christian Elizabeth Bondy, whose identifies were revealed when the couple unmasked before the courthouse reviewing stand.
King Bergeron, a lifelong resident of New Roads, is a partner in the H.J. Bergeron Pecan Shelling Plant. He is a graduate of Catholic High of Pointe Coupee and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His memberships include the Louisiana Pecan Growers Association, the National Pecan Grower Shellers Association, Pointe Coupee Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited, St. Mary’s of False River Catholic Church and False River Golf and Country Club. He is a supporter of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Relay for Life and Pointe Coupee 4-H Club. He and his wife, Pamela Mix Bergeron, are the parents of three children.
Queen Bondy, a graduate of Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, attends LSU, where she is working on a bachelor’s degree in English in creative writing with a minor in French. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the LSU Students for Life club, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Christ the King Church on the LSU campus, and is a past Lions duchess. She is the daughter of Matt and Mary Dale Bondy and the granddaughter of the late David John Bondy and Adelaide Cazayoux Bondy and the late Joseph Clayton Melancon and Joann Leblanc Melancon.
The unmasking of the royal pair was followed by the king’s champagne toast and presentation of the keys to the city from Mayor Robert Myer.
Accompanying the king and queen aboard their royal float was a five-member court, dukes David Smith and George LaCour and duchesses Caroline Allen, Bethany LeBlanc and Erin Jewell.
Following the parade, the royal couple received guests at the annual King’s Reception hosted at the False River Golf and Country Club. Attendees enjoyed a traditional Carnival buffet and music.