COA holds 9th Annual Mardi Gras celebration

Staff reports
The Ascension Council on Aging held its 9th Annual Mardi Gras celebration at the Gonzales Senior Center Feb. 13. Reigning as King and Queen COA IX were Berta Carter of Gonzales and Emmit Jones of Donaldsonville.

The Ascension Council on Aging held its 9th Annual Mardi Gras celebration at the Gonzales Senior Center Feb. 13. Reigning as King and Queen COA IX were Berta Carter of Gonzales and Emmit Jones of Donaldsonville.

Past kings and queens honored at the event were Katherine Gordon, Queen COA I, Alice McAdams-Queen COA IV, Queen VI, Mirea Tortorich and Queen COA VII-Ruby Ory.

The program included a parade of floats decorated by the COA Carnival Krewe who threw beads and stuffed animals to the spectators. After viewing a entry selection of contestants, winners of the Decorated Float Contest were: Most Patriotic: Althea Boshe; Most Creative: Virginia Lowery, Best Theme: Felice C.  Kirby and Louise Hill; and Funniest: Pat Burkette.  

Special recognition was given to a non-entry float made by ACOA staff members, Linda Haymon and Nanette Daigle.  They made a replica of the senior center in Donaldsonville which was damaged by Hurricane Gustav and put a festive Mardi Gras twist to the faculty’s theme “Krewe of Gustav.”

A comedy skit was written and performed by the COA Comedy Players led by COA activity director, Judy Hoffpauir. “ACOA Fat Farm” cast included Judy Hoffpauir, Berta Carter, Stella Menne, Matti and Felix Mendoza, Doris Walker, Evelyn Longwood, Ruth Kidd,Pat Mayers, Shirley Stelly, Bill Slayton. Barbara Guillot, and Ruby Ory.

A festive group of second line dancers pranced around the room as they finished out the show with a grand exit. Court Royalty and other spectators joined along and danced with them to traditional Mardi Gras music.

King cake and lunch were served directly following the festivities. 

“A day filled with fun and laughter was celebrated by a happy crowd of more than 120,”? said    Darlene Schexnayder, COA?executive director. “The 9th Annual Mardi Gras celebration was a great success and planning has begun to make next year even better.”

COA Past Royalty Queens are, from left, Mirea Tortorich, Ruby Ory, Kat Gordon, and Alice McAdams.