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Monday, January 07, 2008

Lettin' the good times roll...again!

Captain of Captains Doug Wolvington
Krewe of Akewa Queen IV Gail Wolvington

Krewe of Harambee Sharon Braggs and King Harambee Tymwa Dixon
Photos by Paul L. Schuetze/The Times

With the formal season, coronations, fund raisers and other parties, Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex has become a year long event.
And since it all began, I have been there telling the story of Mardi Gras.

This year’s season started early with Dec. 29 Twelfth Night Party at Bossier Civic Center and ends Feb. 5 on Fat Tuesday. (Mardi Gras precedes Lent which starts Feb. 6 with Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter Sunday. This year is just about as early as Easter can be and Easter determines when Lent begins.)

The 2008 Mardi Gras formal ball season kicked off Friday with the Krewe of Akewa
Grand Bal IV at Holiday Inn, Bossier City.

To give you an idea about the costumes, I am including some images from the gala fete.

A joyous Akewa Queen IV Gail Wolvington of Bossier City reigned with aplomb, shedding tears as she made her way in. She wore red and gold — her elaborate mantel created in layers of petal-shaped pieces and embellished with rhinestones and pearl. The lengthy train was embellished with tufts of red feathers.

Akewa’s court is made up of goddesses and they come from all over North Louisiana. They are: Goddess of Spring Pat Satterberg of Minden ... Summer Rhonda Long of Haughton ...Autumn Rachel Thornton of Sibley ...and Winter Brook Foster of Homer.

Wolvington’s hubby is Doug Wolvington, captain of captains for Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex.
The couple is much loved and respected by other krewe members.

Have any Mardi news? Send it my way.


Blogger Tonya Connery said...

Dear Margaret,

Thank you so much for the charming article about my mother, it was very considerate of you. When I called my mother to tell her to read your blog, she got emotional again. My parents are fortunate to know great people like you and Paul, you’re both so delightful and a joy to be around.


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