Krewe of Denham Springs King Eugene 'Gene' Caballero Jr. and Queen Margie Caballero

The Krewe of Denham Springs held its 38th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, Jan. 20, at North Park Recreational Center in Denham Springs.

This year’s theme was “Party on the Nile” with the center decorated with an Egyptian night sky of pyramids, camels, palm trees and a giant pharaoh.

Emily Barclay is krewe president.

Eugene “Gene” Caballero Jr. and Margie Caballero, who have been krewe members for more than 20 years, were crowned as this year's king and queen. 

Jodi Carson, of radio's Murphy, Sam & Jodi, served as mistress of ceremonies, introducing ball captains Lynette and Eric Wheat, parade captain Mickey Sharp and Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry.

Introduced as float captains were Rick and Susan Kyle, Krewe of Bras Moi Chue; Eric and Lynette Wheat, Krewe of Fleur de Lis; Donald and Betty Burgess, Krewe of Klassy Cajuns; Mickey Sharpe, Krewe of Konfusion; Chuck and Susan Hazelton, Krewe of Mystic Summer; Mindy Lewis, Krewe of Neaux Klu; Ricky and Jackie Dykes, Krewe of Roux; and Scott and Toni Tubb, Krewe of Who.

The 2017 King Keith Walker and Queen Margaret Walker bestowed upon the royal couple their Krewe of Denham Springs silver medallion necklaces. The mayor presented the couple with a key to the city.

The new king and queen were honored with a celebratory toast. The royal couple closed the ceremonies by leading everyone in the traditional second line. The party continued with dancing to the music of Blue Eyed Soul.

The krewe's parade rolls at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, with retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré as grand marshal.