Torres, Jarreau lead Livonia’s Mardi Gras parade _lowres

Photo provided by TOMMY COMEAUX -- King Beauregard 'Bud' Torres III and Queen Hayden Blair Jarreau

Beauregard “Bud” Torres III and Hayden Blair Jarreau reigned as king and queen of the Livonia Carnival Association’s Mardi Gras parade which rolled on Feb. 7.

Torres is a native of Pointe Coupee Parish and the son of Beauregard “Elmo” Torres II and Ann Torres. He is a 1977 graduate of Livonia High School, and, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, joined the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries as a wildlife agent in 1979.

In 1980, Bud married Neysa Cifreo Torres. They have two sons, Beauregard “Travis” Torres IV, who is a deputy sheriff in Iberville Parish, and Wesley Arron Torres, who is married to Jeanine Hanks Torres. They have two daughters, Haelyn Marie Torres and Cora Ann Torres.

In 1982, Torres was accepted to the Louisiana State Police, where he worked for three years in uniform patrol. In 1986, he was transferred to undercover investigations and in 1987, he was assigned to the FBI in New Orleans until 1997. Torres was promoted to supervisor in undercover narcotics until his retirement in 2005.

Through the course of his career, he received three meritorious service awards, a letter of commendation from the director of the FBI, commissioned a deputy U.S. marshal and held U.S. government top secret clearance.

Torres was elected sheriff of Pointe Coupee Parish in 2007, and starts his third term in July. He is a member of the Louisiana State Troopers Association, the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Torres serves on the board of directors for the Council on Aging and is a board member and past president of the Pointe Coupee Historical Society. He established the Sheriff’s Community Enrichment Fund with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. His toy drive serves over 200 children in the community each year. A strong supporter of community events, he is co-founder of Lundi Gras at Old River.

Torres reinstated the DARE Program in all schools, expanded resource officers in all public schools, serves as Office of Emergency Preparedness director for the parish and coordinates all emergency response. He is the author and operations director of JTF7, a counter-terrorism task force consisting of eight parishes in the greater Baton Rouge area.

A singer songwriter, Torres is currently recording his fourth album to be released this year. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.

The queen is the daughter of Kurt and Valerie “Dee” Jarreau, of Livonia. Her family includes her sister and brother-in-law, Kristen and Tyson, and niece and nephew, Madden and Zane. She is the granddaughter of Lester and Nina Jarreau, of New Roads, and the 1996 Livonia Carnival King Johnny Sparks and wife, Donna, and Margie and Glenn LeJeune, of Livonia.

Jarreau graduated in 2014 from Livonia High School, where she served as captain of the Prowler Dance Team for four years, was a member of the 2013 Homecoming Court and was voted into the Hall of Fame as most talented her senior year. She was also a member of Beta and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She was a member of The Dance Pointe’s competition team for five years winning numerous awards, such as the 2012 and 2014 Miss Masquerade crown for having the highest scoring solos in her division. Jarreau is a dance instructor at The Dance Pointe, owned and operated by Anya Andre. The queen is a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.

Jarreau also attends LSU, where she is majoring in kinesiology.