DENHAM SPRINGS — The Krewe of Denham Springs held their 35th annual Mardi Gras Ball Jan. 24 at the North Park Recreational Center.
Michael and Lynn Bickham Bienvenu were crowned king and queen.
The couple joined the Krewe of Denham Springs 12 years ago as members of the Krewe of Mystic Summer, later starting the Krewe of Roux.
Michael Bienvenu is the current president of the Krewe of Denham Springs and has served in the past as social chairman.
Lynn Bienvenu has served in different board positions, including secretary, second vice president and social chairwoman, during which she organized and hosted the Krewe of Denham Springs 2013 Wine Tasting and Fashion Show held at Greystone Country Club. Both have also organized and hosted the new member crawfish boil, and both have served as ball captains and float captains on numerous occasions.
The Bienvenus have been married for 19 years and have three children and five grandsons. Michael Bienvenu has been employed with Allied Machine & Engineering as a territory sales manager for last 13 years. Lynn Bienvenu is a medical assistant for Dr. Edwin Walker and is the current president of the Acadiana Place Homeowners Association. She also designs and creates competition dance costumes for Revolution Dance Company.
The outgoing king and queen, Jimmy and Jill Rabalais, presented the royal couple with the krewe’s royal silver medallion necklaces.
Mayor Gerard Landry presented the couple with a key to the city. A mini parade ensued with ball Captains Joe and Roni Juneau and float captains from the individual float krewes: Krewe of Elleshoux — Kristen Guenther and Tiffany Favre, Krewe of Klassy Cajuns — Lamy and Janis Chopin, Krewe of Konfusion —Glen and Linda Forbes, Krewe of Mystic Summer — Alton and Tricia Cambre, Krewe of Who — Scooter and Kay Keen, Krewe of Bras Moi Chue — Billie and Joy McCartney, Krewe of LaNouba — Bill and Gwen Stegall, Krewe of Neaux Klu — Loron and Dana Teig, and Krewe of Roux — Paul and Dana Bienvenu.
More than 300 members and guests attended, including the queen’s mother, Marcia Bickham, of Denham Springs. Mistress of ceremonies was WAFB’s Lauren Westbrook. Music was provided by Tina Mancuso and The Carbon Copy Band.
The Krewe of Denham Springs will parade at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. This year’s parade is organized by the Krewe of Roux to include parade Co-chairmen Margaret and Keith Walker, Jackie and Ricky Dykes, Carrie and Brannan Webb, Paul and Dana Bienvenu and the king and queen. Grand marshal will be former Mayor James Durbin.
This year’s theme is “Urban Cowboy,” and parade guests include the Greenwell Springs Youth Riders.