Mardi Gras de la Louisiane
Krewe of Boogaloo
Year Founded: 1988
Krewe membership is inclusive & open to men and women, singles
and couples and is non-discriminatory with regard to race, gender,
ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, etc...
The authority of the Krewe is derived Ex Authoritate Bacca Commissa
(From the Chair of Bacchus).
Ex Authoritate Bacca Commissa was invoked in 2011 at the Diamond
Grill during the Meeker Wine Dinner when BB Bacchus anointed
& proclared Molly & Charlie Meeker of Meeker Wines as
the first ever EMPRESS & EMPEROR of Boogaloo.
There is growing speculation that Charlie Meeker is BB Bacchus
since he & Molly were sited at a vineyard outside of Sydney
Australia on July 3, 2010, living life to the fullest. Three
of BB Bacchus great grand nieces were in Alexandria for
Boogaloo 2011 & some believe they are related to Molly Meeker
For its 23rd Anniversary in 2011, Krewe members and guests Boogalooed
to the Bayou Degradable Band featuring Big Luther Kent, co-lead
vocalist from Blood, Sweat & Tears, Leon Medica of New Orleans
Ladies Fame, Dony Wynn, drummer for Robert Palmer and Books
& Dunn. The Ronnie Brumley Fabulous Firethorns performed
under the direction of Dave Duplissey. Big Luther & surprise
guest vocalist G. G. Shinn performed a historic duet, When Something
Is Wrong With My Baby, at which point Members & Guests danced
til early morning hours, costumed in traditional Boogaloo and
Mardi Gras colors.
Meeker Wines Rollercoaster & Lobster Cove were the featured
wines. Bottles of sparkling wine were awarded to 13 members
for embracing & celebrating carnival in the spirit of Supreme
Grand Marshall Emeritus B. B. Bacchus.
The Krewes purpose is to celebrate life in BB Bacchus
style, whose motto is:
SICUT EQUITES AGGREDIUNTUR HOMINEN VIVERE OPORTET! (Latin)
LHOMME ET TOUTES LES FEMMES DE SA VIE DOIVENT VIVE LA
VIE COMME UN CHEVAL DE LA CAVALERIE! (French)
UN HOMBRE Y TODAS SUS MUJERES DEBERAN VIVIR LA VIDA COMO UNA
CORRIDA DE TOROS! (Spanish)
Only Krewe members are given the sacred interpretation of his
A tradition is that each Boogaloo Member is a King or Queen,
and each guest is a Prince or Princess or Duke or Duchess. Thus,
there is neither a King or Queen nor a formal court for the
Molly & Charlie Meeker of Meeker Wines served as the first
ever EMPRESS & EMPEROR of Boogaloo. Charlie Meeker is former
President of MGM Studios and is a movie producer. Molly Meeker
has over 30 years experience in both the film & wine industries.
The Meeker Tribe is legendary among wine lovers.
The Krewe was founded in Mississippi in 1932 by B.B. Bacchus,
who was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, on the Kilmichael Plantation.
Since B. B. King was also born there and was an
inspiration for re-establishing the Krewe in Louisiana, many
believe BB King is Bacchus.
In 1988, a grave decision was made to resurrect the Krewe in
Central Louisiana by a group including Rick Ranson, Sonny Craig,
Bob Dvorak, and Greg Gormanous. The late John Thompson is the
President Emeritus in Perpetuity.
Katie Vanderlick is President, Leslie Elliott Smith is Float
Captain and Bob Dvorak is the Perpetual Treasurer.
During the second Bacchanalia in 1936, another leap year, B.
B. Bacchus made a grand entrance on Kemosh, his 11,000-pound
bull elephant. He disappeared later that evening when he was
seen leaving with three women...and Kemosh following them. He
was expected to reappear during the millennium leap year for
Bacchanalia 2000 and subsequent leap years. However, Kemoshs
reappearance was doubtful. While no one will testify B.
B. Bacchus or Kemosh was at the Bacchanalia 2008, a
leap year, reports of their sighting were widely spread by Krewe
Three women descendants of Bacchus attended Bacchanalia 2006.
One claimed she had proof that Bacchus was her relative. Krewe
members were skeptical because some feared she was attempting
to claim the Bacchus estate, which is valued at over 14
billion dollars. Bacchus three nieces here in Alexandria
are expected to lay claim to his fortune.
Recent sightings of Bacchus have been reported
in Australian, North American and European cities including
Monte Carlo, Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm, Hollywood, Perth, Palm
Beach, New Orleans, Quebec City, Paris, Healdsburg, Nice, Montreal,
South Beach and Cannes. B. B. Bacchus was seen
May 27, 1998 near the French Riviera as Grand Marshall of the
Annual Vin De Vin Festival on Avenue De Nostradamus in Salon
De Provence. On May 27, 2003, Bacchus was sighted in Sydney,
Australia. Multiple sightings of Bacchus were reported on January
4, 2004 in New Orleans at the LSU championship game. Bacchus
was also seen in New Orleans during the LSU Championship Game
on January 7, 2008.
Much speculation exists as to Bacchus true
identity. In addition to B. B. King, some believe Bacchus is
Blues Brothers 2000 Steve Cropper or was Otis
Redding. Some believe George Burns was
the real Bacchus while others think Humphrey Bogart,
Jimi Hendrix or Elvis was Bacchus.
Although some believe Hank Williams, Sr., was
Bacchus, this theory is contradicted by the documented fact
that Bacchus visited Hank Williams grave in Montgomery,
Alabama in 2004.
Honorary Krewe members include Campbell Brown,
NBC correspondent; Grady Gaines, the First Grand
Marshall of the Alexandria Mardi Gras Parade; former Dallas
Cowboy and Grand Marshall Chris Bonial; R.
P. Reaves, of Montgomery, Alabama; and Sydnie
Kohara, former Grand Marshall. Eddie Floyd of
the Blues Brothers movie was named an honorary
member in 2004. Julie Hanna, the 2008 Grand Marshall
of Alexandria Mardi Gras is also an honorary member. Federal
Judge Dickie Haik, Josh Hyde and
LSUs Mike The Tiger are also honorary members.
Celebrating music, especially Louisiana inspired music,
is the cardinal theme of the Krewe. Past musicians have included
The Dock of the Bay House Rockers, Grammy Award Winner
Irma Thomas, Charmaine Neville, The Boogie Kings, Leon Medica
and Lady Liz Neville, Cookie and the Cupcakes, Na Na Sha, Big
Luther Kent, the Harmon Drew Review, Ronnie Brumley and The
Fabulous Fire Horns, Tip Top, Bobby Cure, Blues Brother Eddie
Floyd & Grady Gaines & the Texas UpSetters.
The official Krewe song is Jockomo by New Orleanian
Sugarboy Crawford, and the official Krewe color
Eddie Knock On Wood Floyd, from the
Hollywood movie Blues Brothers 2000, performed with Grady
Gaines, the first Grand Marshall of the Alexandria Mardi
Gras Parade, for Bacchanalia 2004. Floyd performed original
songs, including his famous composition Knock on Wood
and 634 5789. Grady Gaines & Eddie Floyd
were named Co-Emperors of Boogaloo by the COUNCIL OF BB BACCHUS
ATTORNEYS during their quadrennial Summit in Paris in 2004.
The Krewe of Boogaloo is antithetical to traditional Krewes
because its purpose was to raise funds for worthy causes. Donations
were made to charitable organizations. Past recipients include
Habitat For Humanity, The Shepherd Center, Big Brothers/Big
Sisters, Hope House, The Food Bank, Rapides Primary Health Care
Center, Dixie Boys and Girls Youth Leagues and the Caring Peoples
Pharmacy. In 2003, funds were distributed to support the Alexandria
Police Memorial and the families of National Guard personnel
deployed in Iraq. For 2008, donations were made to the Giordano
Families, who are long time members of the Krewe of Boogaloo.
Information: call President Katie Vanderlick - 318.792.1939;
Katie.Vanderlick@gmail.com, or Co-Founders Greg Gormanous -
318.487.4805; Greg.Psy1@gmail.com, or Bob Dvorak - 318.443.1893;