When the Krewe of Denham Springs Mardi Gras parade rolls Saturday, Denham Springs City Marshal Jerry Denton and wife Michelle will ride as king and queen.
The Krewe of Denham Springs’ parade starts at 3 p.m. Saturday with LSU drum major Daniel Wendt, a Denham Springs High School graduate, as grand marshal. Wendt was a student in Michelle Denton’s first class at Lewis Vincent Elementary.
The Dentons were crowned king and queen of the Krewe of Denham Springs at the krewe’s 36th annual Mardi Gras ball, themed “Fairytale Dreams,” on Jan. 16 at North Park Recreational Center in Denham Springs.
The master of ceremonies was Kellee Hennessy Dickerson, and music was provided by The Issue.
The Dentons, active members of the Krewe of Denham Springs since 2005, also served as ball captains. Michelle Denton has served as president, second vice president and bead chairwoman. They are founding members of the Krewe of Fleur de Lis, where they have served as float captains. Jerry Denton has provided parade security for the past seven years, as well as for the ball and after-party.
The Dentons have been married for 15 years. Jerry Denton has a son, Trey, 36, and together they have a daughter, Brielle “Elle,” 13, a student at Southside Junior High. Jerry Denton is in his second term as Denham Springs city marshal and is a licensed Louisiana attorney. Michelle Denton has been in teaching for 26 years and is currently in her 18th year at Lewis Vincent Elementary, where she is principal designee. They are members of First United Methodist Church.
Outgoing King and Queen Michael and Lynn Bienvenu presented silver medallions to the Dentons and Mayor Gerard Landry presented the couple with a key to the city followed by a toast.
Royal court members include Ball Captains Mickey Sharp and Gwen Stegall; Float Captains from the Krewe of Bras Moi Chue, Don and Paula Drone; Krewe of Elleshoux, Joe and Roni Juneau; Krewe of Fleur de Lis, Mike and Kate O’Deay; Krewe of Klassy Kajuns, Pete and Michelle Giarusso; Krewe of Konfusion, Don Leger and Casey Catallo; Krewe of LaNouba, Bill and Gwen Stegall; Krewe of Mystic Summer, Darla Severio; Krewe of Neaux Klu, Buddy and Marcia Wollfarth; Krewe of Roux, Ricky and Jackie Dykes; and Krewe of Who, Bobby and Liz Fennell.
Each krewe presented gifts to the Dentons, who kicked off their first official dance with Van Morrison’s “Someone Like You.” The ceremony closed with the king and queen leading the royal court in the traditional Mardi Gras second-line.
Special guests included the king’s son, Jerry “Trey” Denton III; their daughter, Elle Denton; King Jerry’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Denton Sr., of Houma; Queen Michelle’s mother, Carol Henderson, of Denham Springs; brother-in-law of the king, Mark Geist, and sister Jackie Geist, of Houma; Judge Jeff Cashe and his wife, Sandra; Judge Jeff Johnson, accompanied by Becky Alston; Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor and his wife, Delia; Chief Deputy Marshal Joe Shumate and Dawn Bosco; Jennifer Gibson; Monica Friedman; Donna Erdey; Kaitlin Kinchen; and Ric and Melanie Seeling.