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SWLA Mardi Gras royalty shines at Royal Gala

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It was a night of crowns and tiaras as Southwest Louisiana presented its 2014 Mardi Gras Royalty. More than 40 krewes presented their royal courts at the Royal Gala, none traveling farther than Krewe de Charlie Sioux.

"I love it. It's our 13th year to come back. It's just awesome coming back down here and being a part of the whole celebration and culture," said Kurt Peterson, from Sioux City, Iowa.

From costumes to makeup, they tell us becoming royal isn't easy.

"It was a real challenge because I live in Florida, but I think we worked it out. It's been amazing," said Michelle Fuoco, Krewe du Lac.

It was also a magical night, where characters came to life. Charlie Blocker, with Krewe de Pirates, had his face airbrushed like a skull.

"It's all about getting into the part and getting together and having a good time," said Blocker.

As the krewes prepare for Fat Tuesday, they said they're ready for whatever Mother Nature may throw their way.

"I'll be dressing up in warm clothes tomorrow... And having a good time throwing beads. That's the best part," said Joanne Guillory.

"Oh, this is a bon ton roule - people are here to have a good time... To know that Mardi Gras goes on no matter what the weather is," said Phillip Soileau, Krewe des Feteurs.

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