On the evening of Mardi Gras, Feb. 13, Gabriel LXXIX Dr. Michael Judice and Evangeline LXXIX Lauren Guilliot, daughter of Jerry and Mary Gretchen Guilliot, reigned over the Grand Ball of the Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association in the Heymann Performing Arts and Convention.

Following the presentation of the association's crest, the king and queen entered. The queen was escorted by Anthony Gene Lognion, president of the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association.

Royal Honor Dukes John Fenstermaker and Kenneth David served the king, along with Royal Dukes Marcel Bourgeois, Robert Dartez, Keith Dronet, Thomas Giosa, Daniel Hurley, Miles Matt, Richard Montgomery, Russell Ruckstuhl Jr., Kenneth St. Pé and James Vildibill III.

Presented as honor maids to the queen were Aimee Blanchet, daughter of William and Rebecca Blanchet, and Truley Juneau, daughter of Thomas and Karen Juneau.

Maids to the queen were Elizabeth Bourgeois, daughter of Marcel and Lauren Bourgeois; Anna Catherine Dartez, daughter of Robert and Ashley Dartez; Aubrey Hurley, daughter of Daniel and Laura Hurley; Elizabeth Lee, daughter of Joe and Marilyn Lee; Catherine Matt, daughter of Miles and Glenda Matt; Riley Montgomery, daughter of Richard and Lorin Montgomery; Katheryn Ruckstuhl, daughter of Russell and Katheryn Ruckstuhl; Elise St. Pé, daughter of Kenneth and Shalane St. Pé; Kelly Swift, daughter of John and Jan Swift; and Grace Vildibill, daughter of James and Janice Vildibill.

Pages to the king were Thomas Breaux and Roe Greenfield III. Pages to the queen were Henry Busch and Hitch Chappuis.

When members of the court assembled following the Grand March, Gabriel LXXVIII Thomas Chance and Evangeline LXXVIII Christine Beaullieu were presented. Court jester Meghan Colomb is the daughter of Brian and Elise Colomb. Set design and construction for the ball was by Joel Theriot.