Members and friends of local Krewe of Dionysos met Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Natchitoches Events Center to usher in the 2020 Mardi Gras season. Attendees came decked out in styles reminiscent of the 1920s, a nod to this year’s theme of “Roar into the 20s.” Twelfth Night is celebrated Jan. 5 and is seen as an end to the Christmas season and the beginning of the Mardi Gras season. The krewe will be busy the next few weeks preparing for their Mardi Gras Bal Feb. 8 and the annual parade Feb. 22. The Krewe of Dionysos introduced the members of this year’s Junior Court during Saturday’s celebration:
Gracie Borders was escorted by Shelby Borders, her father. Her mother is Lisa Borders. Her father and sister Brittany Borders are members of the Krewe of Dionysos. Gracie is a senior at NCHS.
Madison Renee Lester was escorted by Douglas Lester, her father. Her mother, Misty Lester, is a member of the krewe. She is a senior at St. Mary’s High School.
Gracie Michelle Martin was escorted by Randy Martin, her father. Randy and Michelle Martin are members of the krewe. Gracie is a senior at Crystal River High School in Lecanto, Fla.
Jarrett Trace McManus was escorted by Brandi McManus, a member of the krewe. His father is David McManus. Jarrett is a senior at Southside High School in Lafayette.
Chandler Crew Milligan was escorted by Senator-Elect Barry Milligan, her father. Barry and Kristen Milligan are members of the krewe. Her grandmother, Jacque Crew, is also a member. Chandler is a senior at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.
Madalyn Shay Peddy was escorted by past King of Dionysos, Kirk Soileau. She is the daughter of David Peddy and krewe member Kirby Peddy. Madalyn is a senior at NCHS.
Hannah Dawn Sparks was escorted by Johnny Muckleroy. Her parents are Wade and Christi Sparks. Johnny and Paula Muckleroy, her grandparents, are members of the krewe. Hannah is a senior at Union Parish High School.
Ellie Grace Starks was escorted by John Starks, her father. She is the daughter of krewe member Brenda Starks. Ellie is a senior at NCHS.
Dustin Kaden Stewart was escorted by Sarah Stewart Nelson, his mother. Sarah is a member of the krewe. Dustin is a senior at NCHS.
Joshua Collin Stewart, not pictured, is the son of krewe members Melissa Stewart and James Stewart. Josh is a senior at NCHS.
Macy Paige Vascocu was escorted by Brad Vascocu, her father. Her mother, Dacia Vascocu, is a member of the krewe. Macy is a senior at St. Mary’s High School.
Austin Michael Withers and Dustin Lee Withers were escorted by their mother, Shauna Withers. She and their father, Jeff, are members of the krewe. Austin and Dustin are seniors at NCHS.