Donaldsonville Krewe of Elks Celebrates 83rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball

Staff Report
The King, Queen and Exalted ruler picture is Exalted Ruler Paul "Kip" Viallon V, Queen Kaitlyn Marie Mistretta, and King Jolly GoodFellow LXXXVIII Mr. Daniel Colton Mattingly

   Held at the Assumption Parish Community Center, the Krewe of Elks hosted its 83rd annual Mardi Gras Ball. Serving as Ball Captain for the evening was P.L. Kip Viallon V with Niles and Queen of Elks 1996 Ashley Beck Riche as Ball Chairmen.

     The evening opened with the final presentation of King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXII Robert T. Walker and his Queen Bailey Adams Walker, as they were introduced, extended their well wishes for this year’s royalty, and took their final walk. A gift of roses was presented to the queen from Ladies Auxiliary President Brandy Viallon.

     Reigning over this year’s celebration were King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXIII Mr. Daniel Colton Mattingly, and his Queen Kaitlyn Marie Mistretta. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Past Exalted Ruler David Mistretta and Jill Mistretta. She attends Nicholls State University and is majoring in Government. Kaitlyn is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and Student Government Association, and she is also a Nicholls State University Cheerleader.

     Costumed couples for this year’s celebration paying homage to the King were Penny and Ronnie Boudreaux, Jennifer and Kirk Delatte, Mya and Matt Hashenberger, Julie and Eddie Robichaux, and Laura and Ed Stock.

     Debuting as the Royal Court for King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXIII were; Grand Duchess Ali Jo Richard, daughter of Past Exalted Ruler Jude Richard and Gina Richard; Maid Emily Theresa Villa, daughter of Audra and Keith Villa; Duke Jeremiah Guy Allee, son of King Jolly Goodfellow LXXII Stacie Allee and Wendi Allee; Duke Landon Scott Daigle, son of Jenny and Ray Theriot and Jeanne and Ronny Daigle; Duke Joseph Pierre Landry, son of Holly and Pierre Landry; Duke Falcon John Mire, son of King Jolly Goodfellow LXXXI Pegram J. Mire, Jr. and Karen Mire; Duke Tyler David Montero, son of Chuck Montero and Kimberly Vasquez; Duke Jordan Paul Zeringue, son of Launa and Danny Zeringue.

     Junior Maids presented were Anabell Alexis Acosta, daughter of Wendy and Travis Acosta; Emily Marie Beck, daughter of Past Exalted Ruler John Beck Jr. and Sally Beck; Makenzie Leigh Jones, daughter of Lisa Shawn Jones; Catherine Alison Rome, daughter of Rebecca and Cliff Rome; Angelle Claire Theriot, daughter of Teisha and Morty Theriot.

     Pages and Heralds paying homage to the King were Giana Isabelle Acosta, daughter of Wendy and Travis Acosta; Sophie Grace Crochet, daughter of Past Exalted Ruler Micah Crochet and Tammy Crochet; Amelia Louise Landry, daughter of Nobie and  James Landry, Jr.; Brylee Elyse LeBlanc, daughter of Christine and David LeBlanc; Harrison Joseph LeBoeuf, son of Past Exalted Ruler Troy LeBoeuf and  Ashley LeBoeuf; Cannon Gaetano Mistretta, son of Kristie and Craig Mistretta.

     The festivities continued throughout the night with dancing to the music of the band, Good Feelin. The evening concluded with a Royal Breakfast hosted by their majesties.