The Krewe of Elks celebrated “Carnival Royal” Saturday, Jan. 30, at its 83rd annual Mardi Gras Ball held in the Assumption Parish Community Center. Serving as ball captain was P.L. Kip Viallon V, with Niles and Ashley Riche as ball chairmen.

The evening opened with the final presentation of King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXII Robert T. Walker and Queen Bailey Adams Walker. A gift of roses was presented to the queen from Ladies Auxiliary President Brandy Viallon.

Reigning over this year’s celebration were King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXIII Daniel Colton Mattingly and Queen Kaitlyn Marie Mistretta, daughter of Past Exalted Ruler David Mistretta and Jill Mistretta. She attends Nicholls State University, where she is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, the Student Government Association and is a cheerleader.

Costumed couples were Penny and Ronnie Boudreaux, Jennifer and Kirk Delatte, Mya and Matt Hashenberger, Julie and Eddie Robichaux, and Laura and Ed Stock.

Debuting as the Royal Court for King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXIII were Grand Duchess Ali Jo Richard, daughter of Past Exalted Ruler Jude Richard and Gina Richard; Maid Emily Theresa Villa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Villa; Duke Jeremiah Guy Allee, son of King Jolly Goodfellow LXXII and Wendi Allee; Duke Landon Scott Daigle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Theriot and Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Daigle; Duke Joseph Pierre Landry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Landry; Duke Falcon John Mire, son of King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXI Pegram J. Mire Jr. and Karen Mire; Duke Tyler David Montero, son of Chuck Montero and Kimberly Vasquez; and Duke Jordan Paul Zeringue, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Zeringue.

Junior Maids were Anabell Alexis Acosta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Acosta; Emily Marie Beck, daughter of Past Exalted Ruler John Beck Jr. and Sally Beck; Makenzie Leigh Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Jones; Catherine Alison Rome, daughter of Mrs. And Mrs. Cliff Rome; Angelle Claire Theriot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morty Theriot.

Pages and heralds were Giana Isabelle Acosta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Acosta; Sophie Grace Crochet, daughter of Past Exalted Ruler Micah Crochet and Tammy Crochet; Amelia Louise Landry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Landry Jr.; Brylee Elyse LeBlanc, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David LeBlanc; Harrison Joseph LeBoeuf, son of Past Exalted Ruler Troy LeBoeuf and Ashley LeBoeuf; and Cannon Gaetano Mistretta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Mistretta.

The festivities continued throughout the night with dancing to the band Good Feelin. The evening concluded with a Royal Breakfast hosted by their majesties.