The Krewe of Maringouin Mardi Gras, Inc. took its members and guests on a “Tradition on the Bayou.”

The 26th Annual Ball was held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Erwinville Community Center in Erwinville.

King Ivan O’Brien Green and Queen Andrea Jane`t Hollins reigned over this year’s spectacular ball.

The Tableau began with the Mistress of Ceremonies introducing the ball participants. Presented as this year’s ball captain was Krewe Member Sylvia Sterling of Maringouin. She is the proud mother of two, Bridgette and Bradley Sterling and was married to the late Clarence D. Sterling. Sterling is a retired state worker with 33 years at the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She opened the ball as members of the Krewe promenaded around the ball room led by Krewe President Verbie Parker.

The Grand Marshall for this year’s ball was Judge Alvin Batiste of Plaquemine.

Reigning over the festivities was his majesty King Ivan O’Brien Green, the husband of Lola Kimble Green of Lottie. They are the proud parents of three, Kenneth Thompson of Los Angeles, Troy (Ladonna) Green of Port Allen and Sonja (Jerry) Wright of Lake Charles. He is the grandfather of eight and great grandfather of one. Green retired from Sun Oil Company in 1999 with 30 years of service and is now owner of Green’s Production Gauger.

Her majesty, the beautiful Miss Andrea Jane`t Hollins was crowned as this year’s queen. She is the daughter of Stephanie Hollins and the granddaughter of the late Joseph Edward Hollins and Louise Theresa Hollins of Maringouin. Hollins is a 2006 graduate of Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of West Georgia. She is currently employed with the Department of Health and Hospital-Medical Vendor Administration as a Medicaid Program Manager.

Krewe members and their guest were entertained and enjoyed dancing with the Neal Band.

Proceeds from the annual ball go to the Krewe’s Foundation Fund which focuses on providing financial scholarships to local area high school seniors and donations to charitable and senior citizen community projects.

The Krewe of Maringouin Mardi Gras, Inc. is the oldest African-American Krewe in Iberville Parish. It was founded in 1987 with the first parade and ball.

Krewe members include Albert “June” and Joyernette Anderson, Freddie Davis, Danielle Dorsey, Janey Lee Gilbert, Henry Harris, Allison Hicks, Jacqueline Hunt, Lizzie Johnese, Althea Littles, Gerard Louis, Florida Oliver, Mike Oliver III, Verbie Parker, Georgia Moore-Scott, Sylvia Sterling, Daisy Hawkins-Thomas, Guy and Felicia Thomas, Michael and Cassandra Thompson, Shirley Tillman, Annie B. Vaughn and Faye Woolfolk.

The Royal Couple will continue their reign on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Floats and bands will roll down Bayou Road to Landry Street, up La. 77 and right on Lane Street in Maringouin where it will disband. For more information or directions to the parade, call (225) 625-4098 or (225) 964-8836.