Krewe of Comogo selects Gauthreaux inaugural Grand Marshal

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
The Krewe of Comogo will run Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. through Plaquemine. 

PLAQUEMINE - In recognition of his dedication to God and his church, the countless acts of love of his family, and service to his community and fellow man, it is with great pride, the Krewe of Comogo selects Monsignor Lawrence Earl Gauthreaux as their inaugural Mardi Gras Parade Grand Marshal.

Gauthreaux will lead the parade which begins at the corner of Main Street and Hwy. 1 proceeding south to Belleview Drive, then west on Belleview to the Carl F. Grant Civic Center for the annual Krewe of Comogo Gala. The night time parade will roll Monday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. following the blessing of the floats by Father Cleo Milano.

Gauthreaux was born in Plaquemine, the third of six children to Paul Edward Gauthreaux, Sr. and Mabel Agnes Chriss. He was educated in Plaquemine from 1936 until High School Graduation in 1947 and at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington from 1947 - 1950. He then entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans where he studied until 1956.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1956 by Bishop L. Abel Caillouet in St. Louis Cathedral. Gauthreaux served as Associate Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Houma from 1956 - 1960. Archbishop Joseph Rummel sent him to the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., to study Canon Law.

Upon completion of his studies he returned to New Orleans in 1962 with a Licentiate in Canon Law. Gauthreaux was then assigned to St. Leo the Great Church and served there until 1965. Subsequently he served at St. Catherine of Siena in Metairie from 1965-1967 and St. Mary Magdalene in Metairie from 1967-1968.

On June 1, 1968, Gauthreaux was appointed Pastor of St. Maria Goretti Church in New Orleans. Gauthreaux was named a prelate of honor by Pope Paul VI on April 12, 1975 with the title Monsignor.

He served as Executive Secretary and Judge of the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, 1962-1967; Judicial Vicar of the Tribunal, 1967-1996; and Judicial Vicar of the Appellate Court for the provinces of New Orleans and Mobile, 1983-1996; and serves as a judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal. He was professor of Pastoral Theology, Notre Dame Seminary, 1964-1966, and professor of Canon Law, Notre Dame Seminary, 1966-1996. He was Dean of the City Park Deanery for six years and has also served on the priests' Council for the Archdiocese for nine years.

The Krewe of Comogo was formed in memory of Brenda Comeaux, Monsignor Gauthreaux's niece. Comeaux's true love was Mardi Gras, which was evident by her involvement in the Krewe of Okeanos, where she served as a board member and Ball Captain in 1991 and 2000 and Co-Ball Captain in 1993. She was also the first woman Co-Ball Captain of Krewe du Roi in 1988 and again in 1995.

Comeaux was a creative individual who had a flair for designing and decorating. She organized entertainment, coordinated music, decorated sets, costumes and headpieces for the Krewe balls.

She always dreamed of starting a parade krewe in Plaquemine. Although she was unable to reach this dream she left a legacy of love, friendship and talent that will always be remembered. In her early years, she was involved in the fashion industry, coordinating and modeling in many local and statewide style shows for department stores, modeling agencies and hair salons.

Comeaux enjoyed helping friends and family decorate their homes for parties and holidays and could make beautiful flower arrangements with simple greenery from the yard.

She enjoyed transforming vintage hats into spectacular headpieces using silk flowers, antique brooches and exotic plumage. Many, especially at Kentucky Derby time, pursued her millinery talents. She was truly an artist who could do so much with so little. Comeaux's unique flavor for life, friends, family and good times will be remembered by all those whose lives she touched. She was a member of the St. John Alumni Association and past recipient of the President's Award; Plaquemine Garden Club; former member of Main Street Promotions Committee; Krewe of Okeanos and an honorary member of Krewe du Roi.

Gala admission is for members and their guests. Tickets are available through Krewe members only. Attire is parade costume or business casual. It will be held Feb. 11 immediately following the parade. This year's band is Stormy.

The Krewe of Comogo encourages all of Comeaux's friends, family, city and parish residents to show their support by coming out to enjoy the parade.

For those interested in participating in this years parade, contact Rhonda Harrell, (225) 687-2029, for details. Also, view the Krewe of Comogo website, www.kreweofcomogo.org/ for more details.