Dr. Gerard Fernand Falgoust and Rebecca Ann Falgoust reigned as King Okeanos XVIII and Queen Tethys XVIII as the Krewe of Okeanos took a “Wild Ride on the West Side” at its annual Mardi Gras Ball on Feb. 18 at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center in Plaquemine.
The king represented legendary lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, while the queen, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gerard F. Falgoust, portrayed Miss Kitty.
The night’s festivities began with the introduction of last year’s royal court and krewe board of directors by emcee Risley St. Germain. Next came the introduction of ball Captains Ty and Shannon Patin and Dale and Theresa Purpera, portraying visitors to the Old West. Greeting the captains were the children of the krewe portraying little cowboys, cowgirls and Indians.
The dukes and maids were then introduced. Duke Nicholas Joseph Purpera, son of Dale and Theresa Purpera, portrayed Geronimo, and the chief's wife, Alope, was portrayed by Marlee Marin Small, niece of Michael and Lydia Barbee.
Next came Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, portrayed by krewe member Dale Anthony Purpera Jr. and Shelby Joy Willis, cousin of Dale and Courtney Purpera.
Representing Jesse James and Belle Starr were Ronald Rodrigue Jr. and Morgan Arlette Rodrigue, son and granddaughter of Ronald Rodrigue Sr. and Cindy Rodrigue.
Krewe member Derek Matthew Landry portrayed Doc Holliday, while Payton Lynn Passantino, granddaughter of Ronald Rodrigue Sr. and Cindy Rodrigue portrayed Big Nose Kate Elder.
The last to appear were Wyatt Earp and Josephine Marcum, portrayed by Clayton Leander Curry, son of Tara Patin, and Londie Layne Lejeune, niece of Craig and Maudie Hunt.
Saloon girls entertained guests during the tableau, while Christopher Patin and Jarod Purpera tended bar in the Long Branch Saloon.