Mardi Gras 2018: ‘The show must go on’
Published 12:16 pm Monday, February 5, 2018
By Lorenzo Salinas
Drunken revelries, jubilant attractions and droves of festive partygoers were the norm in Beaumont the week before Mardi Gras — all to commemorate the new royalty for the year.
Many gathered Saturday night at the Beaumont Civic Center to celebrate the 26th annual 2018 Majestic Krewe of Aurora Grand Ball. Dancing, music, drinks and more were had by an impressive attendance despite a change of venue.
The annual event, usually held at the Robert Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, was changed due to the damages Tropical Storm Harvey inflicted on the Port Arthur Civic Center in August. The building is still under repairs, but that didn’t stop people from having a good time in the Mardi Gras spirit.
“Your attendance tonight is a statement of your commitment to MKA and Mardi Gras Southeast Texas…” Majestic Krewe of Aurora Captain Larua Childress said in a written statement. “Harvey reminded us of what’s important and just like you, Aurora will move forward and prosper. As they say — the show must go on.”
The 2017 King and Queen Aurora XXV Jason and Amy Hinds conceded the title to the 2018 Aurora Royalty Ricky Hollier and Jerrilynn Miller.
The theme of the 2018 Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas is Music and Memories, and that extended to the Grand Ball and royalty, where everything and everyone was adorned with musical cues from the past and present.
The Majestic Krewe of Aurora Royal Court 2018 inspirations were as follows:
- Laura and “Big” Childress as Pinball Wizards
- Cynthia and Kenneth Hinds as Show Me How You Burlesque
- Karla and Gabe Lazano as Moves Like Jagger
- Laci and Brad Becker as 24K Magic
- Brittany and Dustin Yu as Can’t Stop The Feeling
- Vanessa Holmes and Tom Broussard as Pink Cadillac
- Lenzi and Lamar Belcher as Mardi Gras Mambo
- Leslie and Daniel Ruiz as Livin’ La Vida Loca
- Julie and Tim Lucas as Blue Suede Shoes
- Crystal and Roger Ply as Great Balls of Fire
- Jerrilynn Miller and Ricky Hollier as ZZ Top