Tri-City Mardi Gras season coming to life
The Epiphany has passed and Mardi Gras is kicking into high gear. Carnival tableaus are to begin Saturday in the Tri-City area when the Krewe of Adonis kicks off the ball season. Seven more balls will follow. Six parades will be held in the week leading up to Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Two anniversary celebrations will be highlighted. The Krewe of Amani will celebrate 15 years and St. Mary AARP will observe 25 years of revelry.
Krewe officials remind ball patrons that events begin promptly as scheduled and all viewers should be seated prior to the published start times.
Krewe of Adonis
The men’s Krewe of Adonis will hold its 38th tableau at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium. Floor seating is by invitation only and balcony viewing is open free to the public.
Bidding farewell will be King and Queen Adonis XXXVII Reggy Torgrimson and Camille Izaguirre.
Adonis hosts the first parade of the local season with the area’s only nighttime procession at 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Final details of the parade route are still not finalized by the krewe.
Krewe of Nike
The children’s Krewe of Nike will have its 42nd coronation at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the auditorium. Floor seating is invitation only. Balcony viewing is open to the public for $5.
Making a farewell appearance will be King and Queen Nike XLI Liam McCloy and Olivia Kraemer. McCloy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kerry McCloy of Bayou Vista. Kraemer is the daughter of Carl Kraemer and Judy Angeron Kraemer of Morgan City.
Members of the krewe will parade this year with the Krewe of Galatea at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in Morgan City.
St. Mary AARP
St. Mary AARP Mardi Gras Court and Ball will celebrate its 25th anniversary Jan. 19 at the St. Mary Senior Citizens Center in Morgan City. The coronation will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the ball and dinner. Admission is by pre-sold ticket only.
Bidding adieu will be King and Queen XXIV Myron and Stephanie Dupre’.
The krewe has no plans to parade.
Krewe of Galatea
The women’s Krewe of Galatea will present its 44th coronation at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the auditorium. This is an invitation-only event.
Making an appearance will be Queen and King of Galatea XLIII Mrs. Tommy Cheramie and Waddell C. Thibodaux Jr.
Galatea will host its annual parade at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in Morgan City. The procession will organize on Second Street in Morgan City under the U.S. 90 Grizzaffi Bridge and proceed north to Onstead Street, Sixth Street, Marguerite Street (where a toast will take place at the reviewing stand), Ninth Street, Clothilde Street and Victor II Boulevard, ending at the auditorium.
Krewe of Amani
Celebrating 15 years, the Krewe of Amani will hold its tableau Jan. 26 at the Patterson Area Civic Center. Floor seating is invitation only. Balcony viewing for the 8 p.m. coronation is $5.
Saying farewell will be King and Queen Amani XV Chad Triggs and Tori Walker.
Amani will hold its Lundi Gras parade at 2 p.m. Feb. 11. The procession will line up at Patterson High School and proceed down La. 182 (Main Street) and end at the Place Norman Shopping Center. Anyone interested in parading with the krewe should call 985-395-5583. The fee is $25 per entry and a driver’s license with proof of insurance is required.
Krewe of Dionysus
On Feb. 2, the Krewe of Dionysus will present its 34th coronation at the Berwick Civic Complex. An 8 p.m. start is planned for the invitation-only event. Balcony viewing is available free to the public.
Bidding adieu will be King and Queen Dionysus XXXIII Stephen Hebert and Electa McCloy.
This year’s Dionysus parade will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in Bayou Vista.
Participants will line up on the corner of Jupiter and Delmar streets, and the procession will turn right on Delmar to Venus, Saturn, Southeast Boulevard, Canal Street, Teche Road, Fairmont, back to Southeast and turn right onto Belleview and proceed to its starting point on Jupiter Street where it will disband.
Krewe of Hannibal
Also on Feb 2, the Krewe of Hannibal will host its 33rd ball at 8 p.m. at the auditorium. Floor seating is invitation only. Balcony viewing is $5.
Saying farewell will be King and Queen Hannibal XXXII Valient Moton and Kasey Williams.
Krewe members will parade with Dionysus.
Krewe of Hephaestus
The Krewe of Hephaestus, the oldest local krewe, will hold the last coronation court in the Tri-City area at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the auditorium. This invitation-only event has free balcony viewing for the public.
Making an appearance will be King and Queen Hephaestus LII Warren Orlando and Caitlyn Bourgeois.
Hephaestus will parade Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. in Morgan City.
The parade will organize at the corner of Sixth and Sycamore streets in Morgan City, proceed down Sixth Street to Marguerite Street, Ninth Street, Clothilde Street, and Victor II Boulevard, ending at the auditorium.
The Siracusa/Greenwood Mardi Gras Parade will also be held Fat Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Siracusa Subdivision near Morgan City.
Participants will line up on Siracusa Road at 1 p.m. and proceed to James Street and Grace Street before ending at the Siracusaville Recreation Center.
Anyone wishing to participate or for information call Leroy Trim or Kimberlin Frank at 385-4224, or Mary Jones at 519-6971.
Krewe of Adonis: Friday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Morgan City.
Krewe of Dionysus: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m., Bayou Vista.
Krewe of Galatea: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Morgan City.
Krewe of Amani: Monday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Patterson.
Krewe of Hephaestus: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m., Morgan City.
Siracusa/Greenwood Parade: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m., Siracusa Subdivision.