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Krewe of Denham Springs King Keith Alex Walker and Queen Margaret Humphreys Walker

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM CHRIS BUHLER

The Krewe of Denham Springs held its 37th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Feb. 4 at North Park Recreational Center in Denham Springs.

This year’s theme, “Pirates of the Cajun Navy,” paid tribute to the heroes that helped the community during the devastating flood of 2016 and its aftermath.

Reigning over the night’s festivities were King Keith Alex Walker, a krewe member for seven years, and Queen Margaret Humphreys Walker, a krewe member for 15 years who served as president for three years, treasurer for three years and secretary for five years.

The royal couple has served as parade captains and float captains for the Krewe of Roux. The Walkers have been married for three years and have three daughters and four grandchildren. The couple is working to repair several flooded homes while still living in their game room until their home is completed.

Thanks to the generous donation by law firm Beall & Thies and the hard work of Jean Kennedy and Lynn Bienvenu, the couple was able to dress in opulent capes and mantels. The krewe’s traditional costumes were ruined in the flood.

The master of ceremonies introduced ball Captains Adam and Emily Barclay, Parade Captains Donald and Betty Burgess, and this year’s grand marshal, Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry.

Introduced as float captains were Russell and Kathi Beall, Krewe of Bras Moi Chue; Jim and Jill Rabalais, Krewe of Fleur de Lis; Doug and Mary Poole, Krewe of Klassy Cajuns; Bryan and Christine Johnson, Krewe of Konfusion; Darrell and Melissa Bennett, Krewe of Mystic Summer; Dana and Loron Teig, Krewe of Neaux Klu; Michael and Lynn Bienvenu, Krewe of Roux; and Julie Mayeaux and Patti Landrenau, Krewe of Who.

The 2016 king and queen, Jerry and Michelle Denton, bestowed upon the royal couple their Krewe of Denham Springs silver medallion necklaces. The program continued with Mayor Landry reading a proclamation and presenting the couple with a key to the city of Denham Springs. The mayor and royal court along with all in attendance then honored the new king and queen with a toast. Dancing followed to The Issue. The ceremony closed with the royal couple leading a traditional Mardi Gras second line.

The krewe's parade will roll at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.