The week previous to last week's ice storm, I was asked by Vantage Health to be filmed giving a lecture on the history of Mardi Gras in Monroe. It premiered last Friday on Facebook and was placed on their YouTube channel as well. Check it out! https://youtu.be/rcPIgIGRJig
In honor of what would have been parade day in Monroe/West Monroe, I found this little tidbit. I forgot to mention it in yesterday's presentation. The year after Monroe's first parade in 1984, "Mr. Mardi Gras" himself, Blaine Kern came to Monroe and designed a few floats for the Krewe of Janus! I didn't know … Continue reading Did you know…
Just a heads-up! Tomorrow morning at 10:30 on the Ouachita Parish Facebook page, I will be going live to talk about the history of Mardi Gras in Monroe! I'll touch on the Mardi Gras Ball in 1869, the XYZ club parades of the 30's and 40's all the way up to the Krewes of Janus … Continue reading History of Mardi Gras in Monroe program tomorrow!
Today is the official start of the Mardi Gras season. While Mardi Gras in Monroe will look very different from past years, that doesn't mean we can't have our share of king cake, wear our beads and "Let the good times roll!" Lets hope Mardi Gras festivities will return next year bigger and better than … Continue reading Mardi Gras in Monroe
Saturday night at the Krewe Cocktail Party, the theme for next year's parade and the members of the royal court were announced. Janus Goes to Hollywood King and Queen Janus XXXVIII (The Thirty-Eighth) Leo and Jan Nelson Dukes: Alex Andrade, Zach Kenly and Bo Boughton Duchesses: Alyssa Reuther, Brandy Evans and Lora Peppers Let the … Continue reading A New Royal Court for the Krewe of Janus
Continuing on from yesterday's topic, Each year's parade has an overall "theme". The themes are suggested and voted on by krewe members years in advance. No two year's themes are alike. Each float has to go along with that year's theme. Here are the past years parades and their themes: Krewe of Janus 1984: Gateways … Continue reading Krewe Themes
Tis the season in Louisiana! The Krewe of Janus rolls tomorrow, and I thought I would provide a list of the past kings and queens since the beginning in 1984! Here is a list of all 37 years: 1984 - Creighton Chandler and Kay LaFrance I 1984 - 1985 - Don Domangue and C. Ann … Continue reading Krewe of Janus Kings and Queens