St. Bernard Parish’s only Carnival parade, the Knights of Nemesis, will roll at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. This year’s parade, the krewe's 13th, will feature 15 floats with 20 marching units and 275 riders. Riders will throw a special parade T-shirt, medallion beads, cups and other novelty items.

“We love the parish, and we’re excited to be parading in St. Bernard,” said Billy Showalter, Nemesis president and one of the krewe’s founders. “Get out there early and enjoy the day with family and friends.”

The parade will start at Dr. Meraux Boulevard in Chalmette, head west on West Judge Perez Drive and make a U-turn at Campagna Drive to return and end at Jean Lafitte Parkway.

Carl Doescher is Royal Knight XIII. A graduate of Chalmette High School and Southeastern Louisiana University, Doescher lives in Old Arabi, works there in his family’s business of 60 years and has other business interests in St. Bernard. He is a member of the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association and a board member of the Old Arabi Historic Commission.

Nemesis Royal Goddess XIII Jenny Robin Nadler lives in Old Arabi and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and LSU School of Nursing. Nadler has been a riding member since Nemesis' first parade in 2006. She is a legal nurse consultant and an employee of the Ochsner Health System.

For information about Nemesis, which includes male and female members, contact Showalter at (504) 583-3998 or visit

Maumus Center Planetarium shows

The schedule of shows to run in February at the Maumus Center Planetarium, 721 Friscoville Ave., Arabi, has been announced. 

Three shows will be presented Saturday, Feb. 3. “Stars and their Effect on Life” and full-dome animated video, “Life of Trees” will be at 10 a.m.; “Black Holes” will be at 11:30 a.m.; and a presentation on constellations and “Space Park 360,” a full-dome video of simulated amusement park rides, will be at 1 p.m. The “Black Holes” presentation and full-dome video also will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maumus Center or reserved by calling (504) 301-0239. Children tickets are $5, and adult tickets are $10. The shows are not recommended for children under 4.

4 win Lifesaver Award

Four St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s deputies were recently awarded the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi’s 2018 Lifesaver Award.

Lt. Raymond Theriot, Sgt. Emile Breaux, Sgt. Jessie Gernados and Sgt. Byron Shoemaker each received the honor for their efforts in saving the lives of fellow officers Lt. Ryan Laylle and Deputy Justin Topey following an ATV accident in September 2017.

On Sept. 13, Laylle and Topey, both members of the Corrections Division who work at the Parish Prison, were injured in an off-duty accident involving 4-wheelers on private property in eastern St. Bernard. They were airlifted to University Medical Center in New Orleans and treated for significant injuries.

Topey sustained a broken rib, a broken vertebra in his neck, four broken facial bones and a traumatic brain injury. After two weeks in the hospital, and nine weeks in therapy, Topey returned to duty Dec. 12.

Laylle spent two days in the hospital with multiple facial fractures and a broken jaw and returned to work in December.

Breaux, a member of the Corrections Division, was with them when the accident happened. He made the call to 911 to get help.

Gernados, a detective in the Criminal Investigations Bureau, was among the first to arrive at the scene. She credits Breaux with being in the right place at the right time.

“If he wouldn't have been there with them, I truly believe the outcome would have been a lot worse,” she said.

Gernados said she and Theriot, the department’s range master and deputy director of training, tended to Topey and Laylle along with first responders from the St. Bernard Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance.

Shoemaker, a detective who has 22 years of experience as a paramedic, assisted EMS at the scene.

Sam Catalanotto, chairman of the Kiwanis Lifesaver Award Committee, said the Kiwanis Club gives the award four times a year for special actions, twice to parish sheriff’s deputies and twice to firefighters.

The Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi meets Tuesdays at noon in the Sicilian Room at Rocky and Carlo’s Restaurant, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette. For information, call (504) 616-7312.

Karen Turni Bazile writes about people and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at