SWLA Krewes make royal entrance at 2012 Gala - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SWLA Krewes make royal entrance at 2012 Gala

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

In a world of feathers and sequins - men become kings and women are crowned queens. Dressing the part, Southwest Louisiana's 2012 Mardi Gras Krewes made their grand entrance at this year's Royal Gala.

"It's been a ride. A lot of fun. I'm ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow is really what it is all about for us. The parade is a blast! So I'm ready for tomorrow to get here," said Shanda Sonnier, Krewe of Chaos Queen.

But before they can parade in the streets it's time to put on their costumes and dance for Southwest Louisiana. Each krewe paraded through the Civic Center Coliseum as they introduced their royal court to the public.

"In costume you are a totally different person. It's like you have freedom to do whatever you want to do. Within reason of course," said David Hamilton, Krewe of Carnival.

"It's been out of this world. So much fun," said Rebecca Carleton, Krewe de Contraband.

"It's a lot of preparation. The costumes are great! Each one of the dresses for the girls was designed a year in advance practically. Very special," explained Mike Carleton, Krewe de Contraband.

A special night indeed. For the Krewe de Classique this year is extra magical.

"It's been wonderful! We've been doing this for 25 years. This is our silver anniversary. It's wonderful. We have a good time," said Nellie Rideaux, Krewe de Classique.

The party doesn't stop. Southwest Louisiana still has another day to let the good times roll.

"There's a big turnout here tonight. It's just exciting. Can't wait for Tuesday and the big parade," said Tracy Beaugh, Krewe of Cosmos Captain.

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