Hephaestus has a rich heritage, dating from 1914, of outstanding royalty, innovative themes and gorgeous court and ball presentations. Traditional Mardi Gras day parade route is shown to the right, starting at 2:00 pm.
Mardi Gras began in Morgan City in 1914 with the first king and queen being Joseph Dyer and Mrs. Leta Prohaska Miller. For many years there was no formal celebration, and in 1927, more formal celebrations began again, with sponsorship of the Morgan City Parent-Teacher organization using the name Cervus. In 1961 the Ladies’ Fire Auxiliary instituted their own krewe with a court and ball, under the name Krewe, Hephaestus, the god of fire and metal working. For six years, there were two kings and two queens with each group having their own court and ball, until 1966 when the groups merged. When they asked Lee Vaccari to serve as king in 1969, he decided that the Krewe of Hephaestus should be a formal organization with a membership and a kings’ club and queens’ club. He reinstituted Mardi Gras parades and included all former kings and queens as part of the history and membership of Hephaestus. The Krewe celebrates its anniversary date as 1961 when the Ladies began Hephaestus. This year we are celebrating our 59th year. Kings and Queens are known by their anniversary date. King and Queen Hephaestus LIX (59) will reign this year.
A few of the many advantages of Hephaestus membership are:
Hephaestus is for both spouses, or for singles and his or her guest.
Hephaestus is the carnival organization in our area having its ball the Saturday evening before, and its parade on, Mardi Gras.
Hephaestus has an ownership interest in its floats, and its Mardi Gras parades are outstanding and fun for all who participate.
Hephaestus membership dues are very reasonable and entitle its members to exciting annual functions including the ball, before-and-after parade parties, parade riding and other Krewe events.
Gerard Bourgeois and Emma Levert Aucoin reigned as King and Queen Hephaestus LXI at the krewe's Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
Hephaestus is Morgan City’s oldest chartered krewe.
Bourgeois is married to Ruth Bourgeois and they have two daughters, Natalie and Madeline. He is an estate planning and business attorney, practicing at Bourgeois Law, LLC., Morgan City.
Bourgeois follows former family krewe royalty including father, Dr. Melvin Bourgeois (King Hephaestus XXV); sister, Therese Bourgeois Smith (Queen Hephaestus XXXII); niece, Caitlyn Bourgeois Minton (Queen Hephaestus LII); and brother, Dr. Robert Bourgeois (King Hephaestus LVI).
The queen is the daughter of Michelle Hunter Trapp and Judge Gregory P. Aucoin. A graduate of LSU, she's now a first-year law student at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Aucoin's former family krewe royalty are aunt, Cynthia Aucoin (Queen Hephaestus XIII); grandfather, M.D. Shannon III (King Hephaestus XXIV); grandmother, Colleen Whitley Hunter (Queen Hephaestus XXVIII); and sister, Mary Frances Aucoin (Queen Hephaestus LIX).
The theme of the 2022 court and ball was “Poseidon’s Realm.” Krewe Captain Michael Wise portrayed the aforementioned ancient, fierce god of the sea.
The maids and dukes represented the aspects of Poseidon’s magical world.
The Magnificent Ocean, Lexi Landry, is the daughter of Ryan and Stacey Landry, and was escorted by Casey Shannon. The Coral Reef, Emily Colgin, is the daughter of Clint and Nicole Colgin. Her escort was Andy Walker. The Fish of the Sea, Rayne Hotard, is the daughter of Brandon and Sheli Hotard, and Jamie Hotard. Her escort was Austin Adams. Portraying Pirate’s Treasure, Katie Conrad's parents are Kenneth and Rosalind Conrad. Parker Conrad escorted her. Representing Monsters of the Deep, Kennedy Grizzaffi is the daughter of Frank “Boo” and Jodi Grizzaffi. She was escorted by Jonathan Scully. Depicting The Lost City of Atlantis, Madeline Bourgeois' parents are Gerard and Ruth Bourgeois. Grant Smith was her escort. Pages to the king were Henry Matte, son of Eric and Brittany Matte; and Reid Stanley, son of Casey and Stephanie Stanley. Pages to the queen were Emma Reasoner, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Reasoner; and Kate Murray, daughter of Virgil and Elizabeth Murray. Court heralds were Winston Aucoin, son of Dwayne and Michelle Aucoin; and Andrew Walker, whose parents are Andy and Heather Walker. Gift bearers were Aria Matte, daughter of Eric and Brittany Matte; and Ellison Walker, daughter of Andy and Heather Walker. Knights of Hephaestus were Dwayne Aucoin, Gary Hover, John B. Hover and Garret LeBlanc. Entertainment was provided by Dance World.
Miss Emma Levert Aucoin, Queen LXI
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