Mardi Gras de la Louisiane
Krewe de Kincaid Honors French Explorers, 2005
As the legend goes, there was a tribe of men and women who called
themselves "The People." The lived in the forest area
around Kincaid Lake . Every year during the cold months of winter,
the tribesmen anxiously awaited the arrival of their royalty
to mark the beginning of their annual tribal gathering and celebration.
The decorated barge carrying the nobility would slowly make
its journey across the lake to shore and the festivities would
Each year at this time, the Krewe de Kincaid reenacts the celebration,
honoring the royalty and those who later contributed to the
culture of this area. This year, the French explorers were honored.
Krewe members, like their ancestors, awaited for their royalty
to arrive by boat to start the Mardi Gras celebration. The court
was introduced by captains Jimbo Thiels and Scotty Thiels.
Chief Jasper Baudoin and Queen Connie Falks led the processional
into Tunk's Cypress Inn to begin the third annual Tribal Gathering.
They were followed by Shaman Freddie Sayer, Maiden Laura Jenkins,
Brave Paul Dunstane, and Maiden Kathy Ferrington.
The court and tribesmen were entertained by the Bell Dancers,
who performed an authentic bell dance and gourd dance. Dancers
were Regina Reedy, Earleen Baillio, Joan Ferry, Iris Gueringer,
Claire Roberts and Eloise Andries . The Bell Dancers were then
given the royal command to distribute gifts to the loyal tribesmen
The decorations depicted the sloping hills and lush green forest
that is characteristic of the landscape
around the lake. A stately totem pole stood beside the fur-covered
throne while the stars twinkled brightly in the cold, wintry
The tables featured a scene of pine trees with twinkling lights,
replicas dressed as traditional French explorers and French
The festive Tribal Gathering continued into the night with the
maidens dressed in traditional outfits adorned with an abundance
of beads and feathers. Their handsome escorts depicted the early
western men wearing blue jeans, tuxedo tails and a felt hat.
They danced through the night to the music of the Rusty Allen
Combo and enjoyed an abundant arrangement of hors d'oeuvres.
The Krewe de Kincaid held its first Tribal Gathering in 2003.
The founders were Jimbo Thiels, Scotty Thiels, Jimmie Nelle
Lewis and Earleen Baillio.
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