Mardi Gras krewe announces 2011 parade marshals

Parade marshals for the 2011 Rayne Krewe De Mardi Gras Creole were announced Monday afternoon by Ryan Charles and Brian Mouton.

As grand marshal, City Councilwoman Ann Domingue will lead the parade on Tuesday, March 8.

She will be joined by Freddie Broussard, who was named junior parade marshal.

Ann Domingue Washington is a native of Rayne, the parent of Smitty (Marketha) and Derek Washington, a proud grandmother of one grandson, Smitty IV. She is the daughter of Russell and Meritha Comeaux Domingue.

Her education began at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School and she completed high school at Armstrong High. She obtained a B.S. degree from Grambling State University in elementary education and physical education. She attended graduate school at the State University of New York.

Ms. Washington retired after 36 years of educating adults and children of all ages. She taught in Iberia Parish, Peekskill, New York; Mobile, Alabama; and Acadia Parish schools (Armstrong Middle School and Martin Petitjean Elementary School).

She is a member of the Shrine of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, where she served on numerous committees.

She is also a member of Grambling State University alumni, Grambling State Theatre Guild, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a member of the Assist Agency Board of Directors and the Ebonite Civic and Social Club.

She serves on the Rayne City Council Board, representing District One and recently began serving her fourth term.

Ms. Washington enjoys herself by continuing to work with the youth in Rayne as a substitute teacher, assisting where she is needed in the community, spending time with her two sons, daughter-in-law, her little buddy( her grandson) and the rest of her family.

Ms. Washington expressed her appreciation to the members of the Sisters of A&O Club for selecting her to serve as grand marshal for the 2011 Mardi Gras celebration. “It’s a great honor” she noted.

The 2011 junior parade marshal, Freddie Broussard, 18, is a senior at Rayne High School, where is a member of the Rayne High Wolves varsity basketball team.

He was honored as king of the 2009-2010 Beautillion, sponsored by the A&O 21st Century Club.

The junior parade marshal is the son of Mrs. Freddie Broussard, Sr., and Mrs. Edra Broussard.

Krewe spokesmen Charles and Mouton announced that a Mardi Gras Ball will be held on Monday, March 7, in the Rayne Civic Center, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets will be $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

The parade is scheduled to step off at 2 p.m. Mardi Gras Day. It will be followed immediately by a family fun celebration at the Frog Festival pavilion.

The parade will line up on American Legion Drive, travel up North Adams and the Boulevard and end at the fairgrounds. Donations are being accepted for participation in the parade. There will be no entry fee. Deadline to register for the parade will be Feb. 25.

Local businesses are being encouraged to participate in the parade.

Costume judging will be held immediately after the parade at the pavilion. Fun jumps and other events will be offered for the family.

The Krewe is being assisted this year by the members of the A&O 21st Century Club and A&O sisters.

For more information and ball tickets, contact Brian Mouton at 337-781-6343, or Ryan Charles at 337-247-0805.

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