NEW ROADS — Giles Bourg Langlois and Erin Elizabeth Jewell reigned as king and queen of the 73nd annual New Roads Lions Club Mardi Gras Parade.
Langlois is a lifelong resident of New Roads and a graduate of Poydras High School and LSU. He has been a member of the New Roads Lions Club for the past 23 years, during which he served as a board member, two-term treasurer and president.
Active in the community as a well-known businessman since 1978, he started Bogart’s Inc., B&B Haulers, Bourg’s Hardware and, currently, Langlois’ Grocery, Water Valley Development, Water Level Development and Vella Builders. He served two terms on the New Roads City Council from 1981-1989, and is a member of the Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of St. Mary’s of False River Catholic Church and serves on the cemetery and building and maintenance committees.
Bourg is the son of the late Lynn and Mildred Bourg Langlois and son-in-law of Ted and Jane Melancon. He is married to his wife of 41 years, the former Marsha Melancon, of Morganza. They have two sons and one daughter-in-law, Joseph Amedee married to Jeanne Brashier, of New Roads, and John Bourg Langlois; and three grandsons, Hayes, Hall and Grayson.
The queen is the daughter of Lion Stephen Philibert Jewell and his wife, Mary Smith Jewell. She is a 2013 graduate of Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee and attends LSU, where she majors in Child and Family Studies, with a minor in psychology.
Jewell is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and is active in Christ the King Catholic Church, where she serves on the retreat team and has made mission trips to Honduras and Jamaica. She is co-director of Girls Outreach for Live 2 Serve, a nonprofit organization which ministers to underprivileged youth. She also serves on the board of directors of 4 The Kids, a charity organized to improve children’s hospital facilities in Baton Rouge. She is active in “Best Buddies,” a program which strives to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
The queen is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Burnell Smith Jr., of Maringouin, and Lion and Mrs. John Wayne Jewell, of New Roads. She is the sister of William, this year’s duke, and Andrew. Her paternal grandfather reigned as Lions Club king in 1983 and her aunt, Ann Jewell Funes, reigned as queen in 1992. Her father is a past president of the Lions Club.