The Scott Business Association celebrated its annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Scott Event Center with the theme “Scott Derby — Horsing Racing at its Best.”
Horseshoes, red roses and the winner’s circle in red, black, silver and gold decorated the center, along with images of jockeys on horseback.
The evening began with the introduction of the SBA board members, who entered as revelers, and the introduction of past royalty.
Entertainment was provided by court jesters Faith Chiasson and Avin Domingue.
Grand Parade Marshal Obie Hulin was introduced to the audience along with SBA President Tonya Carola.
Reigning over the festivities were King Alexander XIX John Wayne Prejean Sr. and Queen Olivia XIX Lacy Michelle Prejean, the first time for a father and daughter to preside over the SBA Mardi Gras.
John Wayne Prejean, a native of Acadia Parish, is a graduate of Rayne High School and has resided in Scott most of his life. His parents are the late Patrick and Ruth Prejean.
He is married to Becky Prejean and his children are Jake, Lacy, Monique and Ashton along with five grandchildren. He owns John Wayne Paint & Body Shop and raises and trains quarter horses on his farm, Pony’s Farm in Mire. An SBA member for over 16 years, he has sponsored SBA functions.
Lacy Michelle Prejean is graduate of Carencro High School and the University of Alabama. She is employed by Tri-Star NDT Inspection as operations manager and has been active in softball and was the USA Women’s Baseball Team Gold medal winner. She is a volunteer coach for little league softball teams in Scott and has been a member of SBA for over eight years, having served as secretary and is currently on the scholarship committee.
Hannah Payton Simmons is the reigning Miss Scott. She is the daughter of Angela and Marty Simmons and was escorted by her father. She is a senior at Acadiana High School where she is a team leader on the Speech/Debate team and a member of the Beta Club. She previously served as Junior Miss Scott for the SBA.
Devyn Christine Chiasson is the reigning Junior Miss Scott. She is the daughter of Chris and Brittany Chiasson, and was escorted by her father. She is a sophomore at Acadiana High School in the Business and Finance Academy. She also served the SBA for past two years as jester and has been a dancer at Scott Academy of Dance for 11 years.