King Cimmer LXV, Jimmy Broussard and Queen Cimmer, Casey Capel Vercher
Mardi Gras royalty
The 2020 Krewe of Town Revelers’ Carnival Ball was held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the International Rice Festival Building.
The theme was “I Want My Cim-TV 2020 A Celebration of the 80’s.”
Reigning over this year’s carnival ball was King Cimmer LXV, Jimmy Broussard, and Queen Cimmer, Casey Capel Vercher.
Broussard is married to Lynne Millet Broussard and they have two daughters, Jordan Conner and Megan Jackson.
Jimmy Broussard is “Poppa” to Ezekiel Jackson and the late Cole Conner. He is the son of the late Allen James Broussard and Gayle Trahan Broussard.
Jimmy Broussard graduated from Midland High School and then attended McNeese State University and Bible College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical studies.
He is the pastor of First Presbyterian and Holy Spirit Anglican churches in Crowley. He is the Chief of Police of the City of Crowley. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police and the Crowley Rotary Club, and he serves as the Worshipful Master of the Crowley Masonic Lodge #243.
He was a duke on the court of King Cimmer the 44th, Jimmy Dubose, and his Queen, Sis Gardiner, in the Krewe of Town Revelers’ production of “Carnival Madness.”
Vercher is married to Robert “Bubba” Vercher. She is the daughter of King Cimmer the 51st, Hank Capel, and Judy Capel.
Casey Vercher is a graduate of Crowley High School and Northwestern State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education.
She received her Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from McNeese State University
She is a member of the Acadia Parish chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and she has held the offices of president, vice president, secretary and newsletter editor.
On the state level, she serves as the chairman of the World Fellowship/Global Awareness Committee. She is currently the instructional assistant at North Crowley Elementary.
Casey Vercher is a member of Krewe de Les Dames of Crowley Town Club. She is also a part of the Carnival Ball Development Committee and is the backstage manager for the Krewe of Town Revelers’ Carnival Ball.
She was a maid on the court of King Cimmer the 49th, Tim Croughan, and his Queen, Nettie Constantin, in the Krewe of Town Revelers’ production of “The Best Times of the Year.”
The evening began with “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by Tina Reaux.
Past royalty and the returning 2019 court of King Cimmer LXIV, Clayton Dailey, and Queen Cimmer, Denise Maddie, were introduced.
Kicking off the show was the Krewe of Town Revelers. Ball revelers included Scott Lowry, Dr. Kyle Richey, Bryan Borill, Colby Pommier, Elliot Doré, Andy Ardoin, Jared Monk, Jason Monk, Logan Emerson, Timmy Mouton, Kevin Spell, Ronald Stelly, Keith LeLeux, Dr. Dale LeLeux and Hank Capel, ball captain.
The court pages celebrated as favorite childhood 80’s toys, looking incredible as “Strawberry Shortcake,” a “Cabbage Patch Doll” and “Transformers.”
They were Annalyn Monk, daughter of Elizabeth and Jason Monk; Eleanor Guchereau, daughter of Jeremy and Kasey Guchereau; Ty Comeaux, son of Pharabie and Bryan Comeaux; and Dominic Pommier, son of Candice and Colby Pommier.
King Cimmer LXV was handsome in a royal jacket of fuchsia and silver swirls on a bed of black velvet. He wore a ruffled ascot with a vest of fuchsia sequins to mirror the queen’s gown.
It was trimmed with embellished silver lapels and extra wide cuffs. He carried a scepter and his crown was adorned with stones.
Queen Cimmer LXV was exquisite in an elegant fuchsia sequined gown embellished with a rhinestone applique. She wore a full crown bedecked with rhinestones. She carried a scepter to compliment her crown.
The King and Queen wore identical mantles arrayed in fun 80’s symbols centered with a colorful TV tuned into “Cim-TV” and adorned with a Rubik’s cube, jam box, roller skate and cassette tape.
The king, queen and pages took their places on the royal stage, a re-creation of a colorful 80’s television.
Awaiting the performance of their royal court, dukes and maids were then presented, each portraying a character from the 80’s.
The very first couple, the “Legacy Couple,” represented “Music and Fashion.” Maid Jessica Capel Ardoin was stunning as “Madonna.” Her duke, Dr. Ted Reaux, looked stylish as an “80’s Fashion Model.” Ardoin is the mother of two and married to Andy Ardoin. Reaux is the father of three, grandfather of two and married to Queen Cimmer the 63rd, Tina Reaux. He is a chiropractor in Crowley and is the owner of Rice City Kitchen and Louisiana Church Interiors.
The second couple represented “80’s Movies.” Duke Jason Coats, as the “Karate Kid,” is the Chief of Police of Morse and is married to Chastity Coats. His maid, Shanna Comeaux Monk, rocked the stage as “Flashdance.” Monk is the mother of two and married to Jared Monk. She is the Festival Coordinator for the International Rice Festival and the marketing consultant for Thib’s Auto Title and Tags.
Representing “80’s Sports,” Duke Dr. Don Marx was the “Gold Medal Winning Hockey Team Captain.” His maid, Dr. Maura Gage Cavell, looked exquisite as “Mary Lou Retton.” Marx is a chiropractor, father of three and married to Dr. Sandra Marx. Cavell is a professor of English at LSU Eunice and married to Jeff Cavell.
Duke Dr. Eric Vondenstein as “Hulk Hogan” and Maid Elizabeth Lawson Monk as “Jessica Rabbit” represented “80’s Cartoons.” Vondenstein is a dentist married to Jennifer Vondenstein and the father of two. Monk is a stay-at-home mom and mother of four. She is married to Jason Monk.
“Olivia Newton John,” Maid Kasey Guidry Guchereau, and “Richard Simmons,” Duke Matt Doty, pumped up the jam. Guchereau is an assistant principal of Mire Elementary and a casino poker dealer. She is married to Jeremy “Goose” Guchereau and the mother of three children. Doty is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The music finale performance was followed by the traditional Court Throw, Promenade, Grand March of the courts of King Cimmer LXIV and King Cimmer LXV and a toast by Reveler Captain, King Cimmer LIX, Greg Jones to King Cimmer LXV and his court.
Extras included Jamie Brodhead, Joshlyn Guidry, Erica Venable, Sandy Shuff and Candice Pommier, “Exercisers;” Sandra Marx, Kelly Bergeaux and Lydia Frey, “80’s Models;” Nicole Cannon, “Ghost;” Stephen Cannon, “Pac Man” and “Max Headroom;” Ellen Dailey, Dylan Romero and Keith LeLeux, “Skits;” Andy Ardoin, “Hockey Star;” Amelia Guchereau, “Flower Girl;” Scott Lowry, Dick Dickerson and Dr. Kyle Richey, “Ferris Spicolli.”
Director of this year’s ball was Judy Guillot; assistant directors were Jessica Guillot and Benji Guillot; ball captain was Hank Capel; backstage manager was Casey Vercher; and general coordinator was Heather Emerson.
Other committee chairs included Elliot Doré, royalty; Greg Jones, reveler captain and spotlights; Karen Thibodeaux, costume coordinator; Marlene Thibodeaux, court assistant; Sandra Marx, King’s Luncheon and extras chairman; Donna Landry, page assistant; Ellen Dailey and Benji Guillot, script; Dolores Nutt, choreography; Kelly Bergeaux, reveler costume coordinator; Blane Faulk, music and sound; Kevin Spell, prop chairman; Larry Chiasson, south stage decorations; Krewe de les Dames, side room/bar décor and court of 2019 entrance; David Wilson, film clip and video editing; Denise Maddie, TC media; Katie Chiasson, publicity adviser; Brooklyn Lowry, publicity journalist; Laurie Suire, ball marketing coordinator; Christine Fulton, ticket chair; Phyllis Owens, royalty tickets; Pat Habetz, Town Club ticket sales; J.C. Webb, photography; Joshlynn Guidry, gifts; Colby Pommier and Nick Vincent, bar; Lynn Spell, Queen’s Luncheon; Revelers, parade and videography; and Jay Suire, master of ceremonies.