Krewe of Comogo announces 2017 Parade Grand Marshal at annual Gala

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Mrs. Peggy Powell Grant was selected to serve as 2017 Krewe of Comogo Parade Grand Marshal.

The Krewe of Comogo Board of Directors recently selected Mrs. Peggy Powell Grant to serve as the 2017 Krewe of Comogo Parade Grand Marshal.

The Board chose Mrs. Peggy in recognition of her nearly 50 years of commitment and passion for teaching dance to and for her positive motivation towards the youth of her surrounding communities.

Mrs. Grant will will lead the 5th Annual Krewe of Comogo parade through the heart of the City of Plaquemine. The parade route begins at the corner of Main Street and Hwy. 1 and proceeds south to Belleview Drive, continuing west on Belleview to the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

The night time parade will roll Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. following the blessing of the floats.  The Krewe of Comogo Gala and Grand Marshal Presentation was held Saturday, February 4 at the Civic Center in Plaquemine.

Mrs. Grant was born in New Iberia, La, and due to a leg infection at the age of three, her doctor advised her parents to seek exercise therapy, like skating or dancing.

At the age of five, Peggy was enrolled in her local dance school.  She danced throughout her remaining school years and later became a dancing instructor while attending Southwestern, currently known as University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Peggy graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Psychology with a minor in Dance.  She and her husband, the late Mr. Carl Grant, moved to Plaquemine in 1962 where they raised their daughter Pam and two sons Robert and Carl.

Mrs. Grant opened her dance studio in 1969 where she taught her daughter and many other young girls the art of dance.  She has taught dance to the youth of Plaquemine and the surrounding areas for the past 48 years.

Peggy is a member of First United Methodist Church, where she held the office of President in the church’s Women’s organization.  She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Stars, the Plaquemine Service League and the Plaquemine Garden Club.  She also spent some time working for the Department of Welfare.

Past honors received by Mrs. Grant include the Young Women of Plaquemine Award for her service to her community, was honored in the Plaquemine Post as “A Mother of Many” and was recognized by late Plaquemine Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta as a successful 40-year business owner.  As a founding member of the Krewe of Cypress, she also served as Mardi Gras Queen Cypress in 2014.

Ms. Peggy is a graduate of the Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School of New York City and is a member of the National Dance Masters of America Organization and holds the office of Secretary for the Dixie Dance Masters. Ms. Peggy is a certified Examiner of Dance Teachers for Teacher Certification.

Many of Mrs. Grant’s dance students have gone on to dance for college dance teams including the LSU Golden Girls, LSU Cheerleaders, Southeastern Lionettes, Northwestern, Northeastern, USL, McNeese, Nicholls and the New Orleans Saintsations.

Many of her young dancers perform regularly in public performers in the community such as the Veteran’s Day Memorial Celebration, Children’s Christmas Festival, the Krewe of Cypress Mardi Gras Ball and St. John’s May Pole presentation.

Mrs. Grant has been an inspiration to many people in the Plaquemine community in her role as a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher, mentor, volunteer, and friend. Mrs. Peggy Powell Grant has touched many lives with her friendliness, loyalty, service, and dedication.

Congratulations to Mrs. Peggy Powell Grant!

Preceding the announcement, the Krewe of Comogo held its inaugural Mini Parade which included live music from Second Line Last RIPP Brass Band.

The parade include Krewe of Voodoo riders Anna Bradford, daughter of Jerry and Amy Bradford, Mary Catherine Bradford, daughter of Terry and Emily Bradford and Isabella and Savannah Broussard, daughters of Craig and Robynn Broussard.

They were followed by the New Orleans Paddle Wheel Gamblers, Collin Allen, son of Corey Allen; Parker Jackson, son of Lisa and Reggie Jackson, Isabella LoBue, daughter of Jared and Gina LoBue, LeAnn Bueche, daughter of Brandon and Beth Bueche.  Escorts were Caleb Allen and Sarah Grace LoBue, daughter of Jared and Gina LoBue.

The Hurricane Krewe followed with Analyse Daigle and Landen Daigle, daughter and son of Chris and Ashley Daigle, Anthony Rome-Landry, son of Lambert and Carl Rome-Landry, and Victoria Rome, daughter of Ginnie Rome.

Court Jesters were Emma and Isabella Blanchard, daughters of Arthur and Kylie Blanchard, Kohen Sanchez, son of Keegan Sanchez, and Claire Guerin, daughter of Brad and Shawn Guerin.

The Gala closed with a revisit to a “Blanche and Ralph Comeaux” breakfast, a tradition held for their friends and guests at the Comogo Room after each Krewe du Roi Ball.  Breakfast was provided by the Krewe and prepared by LaCombe’s Catering.  Troy Doiron provided Gala music.

2017 marks the sixth year anniversary for the Krewe of Comogo and the fifth year for the annual parade.  This year’s parade will feature 20 beautifully designed and lighted floats, lighted throws and several local marching bands including: Plaquemine, White Castle, Belaire and West Feliciana High Schools and the Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums.

The Krewe of Comogo was formed in memory of Brenda Comeaux by founder and board member Rhonda Harrell. Brenda’s true love of Mardi Gras was evident through her involvement in the Krewe of Okeanos, where she served as a board member and Ball Captain in 1991 and 2000 and Ball Co-Captain in 1993.

Brenda was also the first woman Ball Co-Captain of Krewe du Roi in 1988 and again in 1995. Brenda was a creative individual who had a flair for designing and decorating. She organized entertainment, coordinated music, and decorated sets, costumes, and headpieces for the Krewe Balls. Brenda dreamed of starting a parade Krewe in Plaquemine.

For those interested in this year’s parade, please contact Darrel Comeaux at 225-749-3700, Rhonda Harrell at 225-687-2029 or visit their website at www.kreweofcomogo.org.

The Krewe of Comogo would like to thank their many sponsors, local city and sheriff officers, the fire department and local city and parish officials for their support and cooperation.