Noblesse presents An Evening At The Oscars

An Evening At The Oscars

Krewe de la Noblesse hosted its 14th annual Mardi Gras pageant and ball Saturday, Jan. 26, 1999 in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum.

Members and guests entered the coliseum decorated with iridescent pearl chandeliers, Boston ferns and marble columns draped with white netting.

Board members, their escorts and past court members entered through the doors of white limousines. Amid swarming paparazzi, they moved quickly to take their places in anticipation of the presentation of the night's winning titles.

Board of Directors Board of Directors
Members of the 1999 Board of Directors presented were: Captain
Keith Jagneaux, President Mary Ann Holmes, 1st Vice-President Joe Rabalais, 2nd Vice-President Mike Giles, Secretary Barbara Chiasson, Treasurer Carmel Fazzio, and Krewe Representative Marilyn Breaux.

Making their final appearances were 1998 royal court of "Las Vegas Noblesse Style", King Gabriel XIII Rene Vera, Sr. and Queen Ashley Noblesse XIII Patricia Vera, and Dukes and Duchesses Romeo Vera and Gaynell Vera; Peter Vera and Sue Vera; Rene Vera, Jr. and Marie Fruge'; Clifford LeBeouf and Gilda LeBeouf. The entire court was made up of family members.

Megan MarshallGeneva BreauxChrista ViatorDanielle Borgman

Debutantes presented were Megan Marshall daughter of Gayle and Ann Marshall, Geneva Breaux daughter of Richard and Marilyn Breaux, Christa Viator granddaughter of Teen Sigur, and Danielle Borgman granddaughter of Richard and Theresa Michels.


Captain Keith Jagneaux Captain Keith Jagneaux
Oscar epitomizes the best of the best, the crown jewel of the entertainment industry recognized around the world. With pyrotechnics, swirling colored lights and overwhelming applause, Mr. Oscar himself, the Captain of Krewe de la Noblesse,
Keith Jagneaux, began the festivities by entering through the ceiling of the coliseum.

Known as "Mr. Mardi Gras," the Captain serves as executive director of Mardi Gras of Imperial Calcasieu. He and his wife, Ellen, have three sons, Adam, David, and Jason. The Captain spends most of time operating the family business, Southern Celebrations - Mr. Tux, and vigorously promoting Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana.

King Kenneth and Queen Valerie Norwood King Kenneth Norwood and Queen Valerie Norwood
Making their appearance as King Gabriel Noblesse XIV and his Queen Ashley Noblesse XIV were
Kenneth and Valerie Norwood, representing the sweeping epic "Dr. Zhivago," a sweeping look at life and love in old Russia during the Communist revolution.

His Highness, a lifelong resident of Lake Charles, and Her Highness, a native of Pennsylvania, have four children, Stephen, Stephanie, and Sarah, all of Lake Charles, and Valerie of Washington, D.C., and four grandchildren.

The king, a land developer, and queen are co-owners of Brother's Construction and Giovanni Mini Storage and serve on the board of directors for Mardi Gras of Imperial Calcasieu Inc. His Majesty was elected as its second vice president. The Royal Couple were co-chairmen of the 1999 12th Night Extravaganza.

Duke Don Verrett
Duchess Betty Verrett Duke Don and Duchess Betty Verrett
Representing the 1939 epic "Gone with the Wind" were Duke
Don Verrett, as Rhett Butler, and Duchess Betty Verrett, as Scarlet O'Hara. The couple resides in Lake Charles and has three children, Donnie, Keith, and Kathy, and eight grandchildren. The Duchess is a homemaker and the Duke is self-employed as an accountant.

Duke Dave Meacham
Duchess Dottie Bowes Duke Dave Meacham and Duchess Dottie Bowes
Portraying the story that celebrates the liberation from ignorance and the reality of potential, the story of rags to riches, "My Fair Lady," were Duke
Dave Meacham and Duchess Dorothy "Dotie" Malone Bowes.

The Duke, an Ohio native, served in Vietnam and Alaska while in the military. He is employed by Conoco, Inc. The Duchess, native of Lake Arthur, is a graduate of McNeese State University and is employed by Southwest Louisiana Health Counsseling Service. Her son and daughter-in-law reside in San Antonio with their daughter.

Duke Jerry Hillyard
Duchess Kay Vaughan Duke Jerry Hillyard and Duchess Kay Vaughan
Costumed as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the lovely wife Constanze Weber of "Amadeus" were Duke
Jerry Hillyard and Duchess Kay Vaughan. The couple resides in Iowa and are owners of American Construction and Equipment, Inc. The Duke, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, and Duchess, who is from Abbeville, have two children, Suzanne and Michael, and three grandchildren.

Duke Kennth Nichols
Duchess Carrie Nichols Duke Kenneth Nichols and Duchess Carrie Nichols
Kenneth Nichols and Duchess Carrie Boese Nichols represented a film of undeniable power and winner of 11 academy awards, the epic masterpiece "Ben-Hur." The couple has one daughter, Tara, and resides in Moss Bluff, where the Duke is a land developer. The Duke attended McNeese State University, and the Duchess is a graduate of MSU and teaches at St. John Elementary School.

Master of Ceremonies was Jim Serra. The Pageant was written, choreographed, and directed by Bonnie Lee.

Noblesse presents An Evening At The Oscars

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