The Krewe of Tucumcari, Baton Rouge’s oldest Mardi Gras Krewe, kicked off its 2022 festivities on January 29 with a royal gathering hosted by the Ladies of Tucumcari.
Krewe President Joey Culmone introduced the 2022 tribunal and thanked Amey and Keith Crousillac to host the party at home. In addition to the Crousillacs, Sandra Hudson and Kris Shorts sat on the committee.
Guests mingled in the courtyard while listening to jazz music and tasting king cakes and other savory delicacies. The krewe will host their 74th tableau on Saturday, February 19 at the Raising Cane’s River Center Ballroom.
Community walk held in Melrose East
Outstanding Mature Girlz and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation held a community walk on February 6 with the theme “Don’t Wait ‘Til I’m A Hashtag.”
Representatives from the Baton Rouge Police Department, Baton Rouge Constable’s Office, Eternal Crisis Outreach Center and ICARE attended. They walked the streets of the Melrose East neighborhood, commonly known as “Mall City”, to encourage peace, promote community engagement among residents, and promote health and wellness by providing healthy meals.
Torchbearer Beta hears about the St. James bonfires
Suzanne Ichler presented a program on the Christmas Eve bonfires in Gramercy when Beta Sigma Phi’s Torchbearer Beta Chapter met Feb. 1 at the President John Leyda residence.
A tradition unique to St. James Parish, lighting the bonfires signals a lighted path for Papa Noel and his eight reindeer to travel bringing Christmas cheer to children in the river parishes. Participants cannot start building the bonfires until November 21 to meet the requirements and complete them before Christmas Eve.
According to a 2000 article in William Fagan’s Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, the bonfire tradition was probably not a custom practiced by early Acadian and German settlers, but reintroduced by 19th-century French immigrants. The best view is by car along the east and west banks of the river roads, by walking along the dykes or by river boat.
The chapter welcomed a guest Margaret Allman, a Baton Rouge native who recently moved. Leyda served carrot cake to celebrate National Carrot Cake Day on February 3. Carrot cakes date back to the Middle Ages, when sugar was hard to come by.