Krewe of Maringouin brings ‘Mardi Gras Mambo on the Bayou’ _lowres

Photo provided by SYLVIA STERLING -- Queen Christina L. Brown and King John Alex Gremillion

ERWINVILLE — The Erwinville Community Center took on a festive air for the Krewe of Maringouin’s 29th annual ball Jan. 30, which was themed “Mardi Gras Mambo on the Bayou.”

Tableau presentations began with the introduction of the ball Captains Allisen Hicks and Henry Harris Jr., both of Maringouin.

Members of the krewe were introduced and promenaded around the ballroom led by krewe President Verbie Parker. Narrator Althea Littles introduced Grand Marshalls Xavier and Stanley Anderson, of Maringouin, owners of Garden of Angels Learning Center.

Highlighting the evening was the presentation of the royal couple, John Alex Gremillion and Christina L. Brown.

Gremillion, a native of New Roads, resides with his wife, Tanga, and three children in Maringouin. A grandfather of one, Gremillion is the son of Alex and Gayle Polar Gremillion, of New Roads. He and his family attend Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Maringouin.

The queen is the daughter of Christopher Brown and Avis J. Hatch and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elzie Hatch, of Maringouin. She is a member of St. Peter United Methodist Church and is a recent honor graduate of Fortis College.

Throughout the evening guests were entertained by the Mellow Band.

Proceeds from the ball will go to the krewe’s foundation fund, which provides a financial scholarship to a local high school senior, donations to senior citizen service groups and community projects.

The royal couple will continue their reign at the Krewe of Maringouin’s Mardi Gras Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

The parade will proceed down Bayou Road to Landry Street, up La. 77 and right on Lane Street.

For more information on activities or directions, call (225) 625-4098.