The Krewe of Freret held its coronation ball Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz Market, an event that benefitted the Son of A Saint mentorship program.
Reigning as queen was Anastacia Gloria Ochoa, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Ochoa and stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Davis.
Reigning as king was Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, founder and president of the Son of a Saint and Son of a Texan organizations. He is the son of the late Bivian Lee, a former player for the New Orleans Saints.
The royals were selected by the founders of the organization “for their tireless dedication over the year,” said Greg Rhoades, captain of the krewe.
A native of Dallas, the queen is a graduate of Loyola University and St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. She currently practices law in Bexar County, Texas.
The organization founded by his majesty works with fatherless young men in the community. A graduate of St. Augustine High School and the University of New Orleans, he has worked with the Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, with New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team and the New Orleans Jazz Institute.
Darryl “Dancingman504” Young will be the grand marshal emeritus.
The royals will be celebrated at a public coronation ceremony on the neutral ground of Elysian Fields Avenue and Royal Street prior to the procession of Krewe du Vieux.
The newly revitalized Krewe of Freret will parade Sunday, Jan. 30, along the Uptown parade route.