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Des Allemands parade Grand Marshal Mazie Dufrene.

Krewe of Lul and Krewe of Des Allemands … Kings, Queens, Grand Marshals and Parade Route

Everything you need to know about Mardi Gras parades in St. Charles Parish … first, we look at the Krewe of Lul and then move on to the Krewe of Des Allemands …

Lifelong Luling residents Donald Sr. and Betty Muller will reign as king and queen of the 30th annual Krewe of Lul.

“We are honored and excited to be selected as king and queen,” Betty Muller said.

The Mullers who have been married 46 years have a huge following for this year’s parade.

They have three sons, Donald Jr. of Luling, Perry of Guam, and Marty of Hahnville.

They have six grandchildren, Christin, Danielle, Britton, Forest, Lani and Christian; and one great-grandchild, Addison.

By day, Betty works as an accounts manager at Ormond Nursing Care Center in Destrehan and enjoys baby-sitting in her free time.

Donald Sr., retired from the St. Charles Recreation Department, enjoys hunting and watching sports.

The Mullers have been involved with the Krewe of Lul since Betty’s parents reigned as King and Queen Lul in 1985 and will ride in the parade with this year’s grand marshal, Eula Foret Champagne.

“I was thrilled to be asked,” Champagne says.

Champagne, who’s been married to her husband Herbert for 57 years, has been a member of many community groups.

Some of those groups are the St. Anthony Altar Society, the Les Amies Choir, American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary and Conquering Cancer Support Group.

The couple has one son, Craig, and four grandchildren, Carrie Folse, and Casey, Steven and Marylane Champagne.

They are expecting their first great-grandchild this month.

The parade rolls Feb. 17 at noon along its traditional route from Angus Drive to Paul Mailliard to River Road to Sugarhouse Road, where it ends.

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Krewe of Des Allemands

King, Queen, Grand Marshals and route

Two grand marshals, and a king and queen have been asked to reign over the Krewe of Des Allemands parade and the whole bunch is grining from ear-to-ear.

“I’m 85 years old and I couldn’t be happier about this,” Mazie Dufrene, grand marshal told the Herald-Guide.

Dufrene, who is the mother of two children and the grandmother of four grandchildren, volunteers for St. Charles Parish Council On Aging, and says she received alot of praise and appreciation from them.

“I don’t know why they chose me, but maybe they heard about the things I’ve been doing in the community. All I know is I’m honored and I can’t wait,” Dufrene says. King and queen Herman and Linda Kelone heard the news that they had been chosen over Sunday dinner.

“Brenda Folse and the parade’s committee let my children know before we knew and my daughter arranged for them to come to the house and tell us the news,” Linda Kelone says.

“I still can’t believe they chose us,” Kelone tells the Herald-Guide.

And although her husband, Herman, also known as “Jap,” seemed to be a bit shy about the whole idea at first, now he’s ready to share the throne.

“Like I tell my three children about my wife all time: ‘whatever mama wants mama gets,’” he says.

Emily Naquin, a homemaker for 67 years, and parish resident, says she never dreamed she’d be a grand marshal of the parade.

“I went to the parish council meeting Monday night because I just wanted to let the council members know I appreciate this and what an honor and privilege this is,” Naquin said.

The parade rolls on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

It will follow along its traditional route starting from Whitley Road to Highway 90 and then to the business district of Des Allemands.

The parade then takes a right onto DeJean Street and heads to Old Spanish Trail before heading to Lorraine Drive and back to Highway 90.

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