Russell and Dianna Lauve of Luling will serve as king and queen of the Krewe of Lul’s 46th parade.
The couple has been married for 37 years, and their relationship actually started at a Krewe of Lul parade decades ago.
“I have many fond memories of the Krewe of Lul parades, especially meeting my future wife at one of the after-parade parties,” Russell said.
Dianna vividly remembers meeting Russell at a Luling parade one year.
“I was on a family float and he was on a float with Wanda,” Dianna said of Russell’s cousin who is serving as the parade’s grand marshal this year.
Russell and Dianna have each served as captains of the parade for years, and each of their family’s roots run deep in the organization.
“My parents were there from day one,” Dianna said, adding that they were among the first captains of the parade. “They helped organize and fundraise at the beginning for the parade. It was very tough at the beginning to keep it going. I can remember as a young child watching them go to parade meetings and helping to organize the parade and do fundraisers for the event during the Krewe of Lul’s inception.”
Russell’s parents presided as king and queen of the parade in 1988, and many other family members of the couple have been heavily involved in the organization.
“I feel grateful that we have been chosen this year to follow the family tradition,” he said.
Dianna said that the couple’s float will showcase pictures of their family members who have been involved in the Krewe of Lul.
“I’m so excited to be with my family at this special time,” Dianna said. “I can’t wait to ride and see the day from that viewpoint. The most special thing for me will be to watch my husband that day. I have enjoyed every minute watching him take this all in … it’s been wonderful watching him.”
Dianna said that as a cancer survivor she strives to take on every day with enthusiasm, and that she has brought that same energy to the couple’s reign this year.