Comparing it to “getting married again,” Linton and Earline Bergeron of Luling happily recall their reign with the Krewe of Lul as one of their best times in life.It was 1990 when they put on the crown as king and queen. And now, their honor is the longest surviving couple as Lul royalty.
“Linton and I were honored to be king and queen,” Earline said. “We were both born and raised in Luling.”
Linton also welcomed the experience.
“I think it’s good because it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I’m proud of it.”
Family is the focus for the couple and the celebration.
“My grandchildren were also on the float with us,” she said. “It was a family affair on our float. We had two jesters, two pages and four maids.”
With all the fanfare, Earline said it felt like getting married again and it’s been a special event in their 66-year marriage.
“We were childhood sweethearts,” she said “We have been friends all our lives.”
Before and after serving as royalty, the couple had their own float in the parade.
And, to all the kings and queens that follow, Earline advised, “Just always celebrate. When the Krewe of Lul celebrates, we celebrate, too.”
Their children and grandchildren still participate in the parade and they still have a family celebration. The couple have six children and 20 grandchildren.
For the Bergerons, as well as the many who live in Luling, the parade is a part of the tradition of the family and the community.
As for Linton, he added, “I feel like a king.”