Mardi Gras Spotlight: Krewe Des Les Femmes Mystique [AUDIO]
The Krewe des les Femmes Mystique is the oldest all-female krewe in the Ark-La-Tex and was established in 1999. Not only does les Femmes celebrate Mardi Gras, they focus community service with this year’s main philanthropies being both the Caddo and Bossier Councils on Aging.
Throughout the year, the women of les Femmes dedicate their time, money and energy to help the causes of both women and children. But les Femmes isn’t all hardwork and fundraising, they like to have a good time and have several social events scheduled throughout the year. After all, Mardi Gras is more than Fat Tuesday, Hurricanes and beads!
If you’re a women interested in making life long friendships and serving the community, les Femmes is looking for you!
Membership is open to women ages 25 and up. Dues are $100 a year. Monthly membership meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 PM at Ralph and Kacoo’s, 1700 Old Minden Rd., in Bossier City. Prospective members are welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. We want to get to know you, so please come for dinner. For more membership information, call Captain Hedy Hebert at (318) 347-6165.
The heart of les Femmes is philanthropy. Whether we are donating potted herbs for an herb garden at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, packing food boxes at the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank, donating our time, energy and money to walk in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, or engaging in a fundraising project, we are joining together to serve.
Some of our service projects have included the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, the American Cancer Society, Northwest Louisiana Food Bank, American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Thanksgiving Food Baskets, Toys for Tots, KIDS, Inc., Bossier Council on Aging, March of Dimes, Gingerbread House, Grace Home, VOA Lighthouse, Bags Not Rags, Providence House and SB Squared.
Our philanthropy focus for 2014 are the Caddo and Bossier Councils of Aging. Each of these groups will have an honorary lady at our royal bal raising awareness for these special needs groups.
The Season of Mardi Gras begins with Twelfth Night in January and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The days and nights in between these dates are filled with parties, bals, parades, and visitations to schools and nursing homes. It is truly an exciting time in Northwest Louisiana. In addition to offering entertainment for every member of the family, the area krewes’ activities boost tourism and the economy for Shreveport/Bossier.
The climax of Krewe de les Femmes Mystique’s season is our annual black tie bal, a fabulous party where our Royalty are presented. Les Femmes members get their chance to toss beads to the crowds while riding a float in the Highland Parade, generally held the Sunday before Fat Tuesday.
The 2013-2014 Royal Court will showcase their fabulous costumes at our bal. This year’s Court includes Queen Stephanie Holoubek; Lady of Love, Veronica Groves; Lady of Music, Meredith McLellan, Lady of Grace Kathy Kochendorfer, and Lady of Art, Michelle Parkerson. Also included, as our honorary Ladies, are Tamara Crane and Mary Alice Roundtree of the Councils on Aging. Many thanks to DiamondJacks, Bert Sibley of Sibley Arts (www.sibleyarts.com) for providing the music.
Les Femmes’ 2014 Bal “Mystique Fantasies” will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Diamond Jacks, Bossier City. This is a special year as the krewe is celebrating year 15. The decorations and costumes will be fabulous as always. Brent Lavergne of eLoquince (www.eloquince.com) is designing the costumes. The Krewe will support the honorary ladies of the councils on aging throughout the year and assist the councils with any special needs.
Keep watching our website for pictures from Saturday night’s bal which is sure to be a resounding success! Find out more about les Femmes on Facebook and hear what Captain Hedy Hebert and Michelle Parkerson had to say while in studio.