New Roads Mayor Robert Myer served as king and Kayla Alacia Dixon as queen of this year’s Community Center Carnival Parade in New Roads, which is said to be the state’s oldest Mardi Gras parade outside of New Orleans.

It’s the first time a sitting New Roads mayor has served as the parade’s chief celebrity, according to a news release, and Myer’s selection takes on greater historical significance since it was his great grandfather, Jimmy Boudreaux, who first started the Carnival Club Parade in New Roads in 1922, helping to establish the city as a major Mardi Gras destination.

Myer is married to Terri Cotterman Myer and their children are Peyton, Preston and Lindzy. He is serving his second term as mayor of New Roads.

Myer is also CEO of Comfort Keepers and Express Employment Professionals, two regional corporations located in a five-state area. He has twice been named winner of the Quest for Excellence Award, a national award for Comfort Keepers, an in-home health care business. He has qualified five times for Express’ “Circle of Excellence,” a national distinction.

Myer, a graduate of Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee, received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge.

He graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville, and is a graduate of the Delta Leadership Academy and Leadership Louisiana.

Myer is a member of the New Roads Kiwanis Club and Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife founded the Robert and Terri Myer New Books for New Roads Foundation and the Myer Restore Hope Fund.

Dixon is the daughter of Roger and Debra Dixon and the sister of Kelli Dixon. She is the granddaughter of Joetta Staffor Morris, the late Oliver Morris, Leon Dixon Sr. and the late Sedonia Richard Dixon.

She is a graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and is a senior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she is on the President’s List.

She was also selected to the Student Orientation Staff and for membership in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Pi National Honor Society and Sigma Pi National Honor Society of Leadership and Success.

Dixon received awards from the Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Honors College for Academic Excellence.