PLAQUEMINE — The Krewe of Okeanos celebrated its 36th annual Mardi Gras ball on Feb. 7 in the Carl F. Grant Civic Center by taking members on a journey through the millennium of light.
Master of Ceremonies Risley St. Germain opened the tableau with the presentation of the 2014 royal court and the 2015 ball Captains Ronald and Amanda Dupree. Ronald Dupree left the spotlight on his wife, who portrayed Ruby, the Witch of Fire.
Big Daddy Pimpin’ arrived unexpectedly and tried to steal the spotlight from Ruby. She cast a spell on him that could only be broken by finding a light that burned brighter than that of her fire magic.
The maids and dukes, representing great sources of Louisiana light, arrived one by one to try and break Ruby’s spell.
Representing those blinding lights most of sugar cane season, Tractor Headlights in South Louisiana, were John Deere and Sassy Sugar, portrayed by Brandon Joseph D’Albor and Kennedy Marie Dupree.
Reflecting off the walls of many southern plantations, representing Lumier and Chandelier were James Garrett Comeaux and Madelyn Marie Comeaux.
The third maid and duke to arrive were running from the law. Rolling in as Popcorn Sutton and White Lightning were Harlan Matthew Bezet and Malori Elizabeth Bezet.
Shining bright like a diamond over the sea in search of lost love were The Captain and The Evening Star portrayed by Austin James Boudreaux and Kaley Christena Davis.
One little light found within the swamps of Louisiana that packs a punch of light that can’t be missed is The Firefly and The Huntsman portrayed by Corey Edward Kimble and Gabrielle Tyla LoBue.
Just when Ruby thought she’d won, a never-imagined source of light appeared — the lights shining down on Tiger Stadium, the Golden Girl and the Eye of the Tiger.
Queen Tethys was welcomed by the LSU fight song, which lit up the entire audience and broke Ruby’s spell.
Once the spell was broken, Big Daddy Pimpin’ emerged from a boulder representing Rocky Balboa, the Eye of the Tiger.
Reigning as King and Queen, Eyes of the Tiger, were King Okeanos XXXVI Ronald James Dupree Jr. and Queen Tethys XXXVI Kennedy Marie Dupree.
Queen Teyths is the daughter of King Okeanos XXXVI and ball Captain Amanda Marie Dupree.
The king and queens costumes and trains were decorated by the Queen and her mother. With great thanks to seamstresses Tara and Nancy Patin and close friend Crystal Martinez.
As the light shined in the civic center, the king and queen threw a royal celebration with music by the Phunky Monkeys.