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Friday, January 25, 2008

Mardi Gras notes

King, queen and captain of Krewe of Atlas arrive at dock of American Legion Hall on Cross Lake for a toast
Krewe of Gemini Queen Sally Graff poses with Jan Graff and Sherry Townsend at a cocktail party in her honor Sunday at the Ellerbe Road area home of Graff and hubby Larry. They and Sherry and hubby Louis hosted the fun affair.

Photos by Paul L. Schuetze/The Times

Paul and i let the good times roll last weekend at four Mardi Gras balls, a cocktail party and a tea.

Here are a few notes. And some images to help take you there.
Krewe of Atlas is celebrating its first year as a krewe and started its Mardi Gras voyage in an unusual way on Sunday at the Krewe of Atlas Bal at American Legion Hall on Cross Lake.

King Kevin Doerr, Queen Susan Keith and Captain Eddie Horton arrived by boat to toast the beginning of the krewe for this is its first year.

On a cold, cold night and just past dusk, spectators gathered on the dock of hall on Cross Lake.

The krewe’s first theme, appropriately, enough, "Maiden Voyage of the Krewe of Atlas," said Keith.
"By coming up on a (boast), we were simulating how the King of Rex in New Orleans would come on a barge up the Mississippi River to begin the Mardi Gras celebration in the 19th century," e-mailed Keith.

Smooth sailing, Atlas, as you begin this Mardi journey.

Among revelers Saturday at Krewe of Aesclepius Grand Bal Masque XVIII were Duchess of the Rock ‘N Roll Era Carole Markham’s sons, both of whom serve in the U.S. military.

Introduced by emcee Dr. Bob Robinson to sustained applause at Bossier Civic Center, they are:

1st Lt. Reed Markham of the U.S. Army, currently stationed at Fort Carson, Colo. He was stationed in Ramadi, Iraq from October 2006 to December 2007.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Markham of the U.S. Navy, currently stationed in Washington, D.C. He served in the Persian Gulf on a destroyer from January 2003 to June 2003 and from November 2005 to May 2006.

As Bob said, "For our special sons and all of you who have served our country, we, the people, can’t thank you enough."


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