Gala gives 2013 krewes the royal treatment - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Gala gives 2013 krewes the royal treatment

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Southwest Louisiana welcomed its 2013 Mardi Gras royalty at this year's Royal Gala on Monday. As with tradition, the Twelfth Night Revelers strutted into the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum to get the party started.

The revelers were followed by Mayor Randy Roach who escorted this year's Miss Mardi Gras, Madeline Gaspard. 

The night's program introduced more than 40 krewes in Southwest Louisiana and their royal courts. Each krewe had a different theme which was reflected in their costumes.

Krewe members KPLC spoke with said they are glad to represent their krewe and the experience has been nothing short of royal.

"It's been great. I'm looking forward to going out there and sharing Mardi Gras with the City of Lake Charles. Mardi Gras, to me, means fun, family and fellowship," said Terry Newman, Krewe of Komova King.

"It's a big honor to represent my krewe as captain because we are chosen out of a small group of people and it's based on your participation with the krewe throughout the year. So it's a huge honor," said Henrietta Akers, Krewe of Athena Captain.

"I'm looking forward to just having a good time with family and friends and throwing lots of beads at the parade. And hopefully, we'll have a good turnout even rain or shine," said Bethany Bertrand, Krewe of Athena Queen.

"The costumes are big. I'm definitely out of my element, but I love it," said Bo Benoit, Krewe of Illusions.

"It's been so much fun. Getting all dressed up. Words can't describe how it feels," said Raymond Rideaux, Krewe de Classique King.

"Everyone is so pretty here. You think you are pretty but you look around and everyone looks great in the glitter and glam. Makes you feel like real royalty," said Theresa Charles, Krewe de Classique Queen.

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