NEW ROADS — Don Cazayoux Jr. and Lauren Riché David reigned as king and queen of the 74th annual New Roads Lions Club Mardi Gras Parade.
Cazayoux is married to the former Cherie Chavanne. Their family includes son and daughter-in-law, Adee Zukier and Michael Cazayoux, and daughters Chavanne and Katie and grandson, Camden.
Cazayoux is an attorney and a former congressman, state representative and U.S. attorney. He is a graduate of Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, LSU and Georgetown Law School. He has been a member of the New Roads Lions Club since 1993 and held various offices with the club, including president. His father, Donald Cazayoux, and grandfather, John Hess, were previous kings of the New Roads Lions Club parades, and past queens include his mother, Ann Hess Cazayoux; daughter, Chavanne; sister, Elizabeth Cazayoux Mourad, and mother-in-law, Bonnie Beaud Chavanne.
The queen, who was born on Mardi Gras day, is the daughter of Stephen and Lynn Riché David. Her father has been an active member of the Lions Club for 29 years, serving as president in 2008 and king in 2011.
Other members of her family include her sister and brother-in-law, past duchess Brooke and Brady Achee; her brother and sister-in-law, Stephen Paul and Catherine David; brother and sister-in-law past duke William and Kelli David; and brother Jeffrey David and fiancé Ashlea Claybar. Her nieces and nephews are Beau and Bryn Achee, and Lydia, Betsi Kate and William Robert David.
Her grandparents are Doris David, of New Roads, and the late Jeff David, and Bernice “Tootsie” Riché, of Cottonport, and the late Alfred Riché. Her aunt, Stella Scott David, reigned as queen in 1964.
The 2017 queen served as a duchess in 2014. She is high honor graduate of Catholic of Pointe Coupee, where she was actively involved in athletics and school clubs. She was a multi-year All State softball player and a member of Catholic’s first State Championship softball team.
David is a junior at Our Lady of the Lake College, where she is in nursing school, with plans to enter a pediatric nurse practitioner program. She has maintained a 4-point grade point average throughout her college career, starting at LSU where she pledged Kappa Delta sorority. David was named to the President’s List and to the Student Ambassador team at Our Lady of the Lake College.
She has volunteered as a community softball coach and is currently the seventh- and eighth-grade coach for Catholic of Pointe Coupee. David is a member of St. Mary of False River Catholic Church.