History of Mardi Gras

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras is put on by the various Mardi Gras Krewes of Eureka Springs. A Krewe is a group or organization that hosts a Mardi Gras ball, rides on a parade float and/or participates in social events throughout the year; Krewes are plentiful in Louisiana; in Eureka Springs the Krewes are unique. 

The Krewe of Krazo started Eureka Springs Mardi Gras, and what a legacy Eureka Springs Mardi Gras has become! Each year a King, a Queen and a Royal Court of Dukes and Duchesses are proclaimed to reign for the year. Here’s a list of the Kings and Queens, from the very first to present:


Eureka Springs Mardi Gras

Kings and Queens

I – Bill Ott and Annunziata Scarpino
II – Steve Schmidt and Fatima Treuer
III – Al Hooks and Dani Joy 
IV – Zeek Taylor and Elise Roenigk
V – Richard Bost and Debbie Hartsell
VI – Lamont Richie and Peggy Kjelgaard
VII – Scott Smith and Mary Popovac
VIII – Rod McGuire and Melodye Purdy
IX – George Purvis and Tanya Smith
X – LeRoy Gorrell and Cné Breaux
XI – Steve Roberson and Pam Davenport
XII – Bill Sarad and Tracey Lovett
XIII – Charles Mowrey and Marie Lee
XIV – Richard Schoenhoffer and Dianna Raye Sturtz
XV – Jeff Franco and Kat Beahm
XVI – Larry Handley and Tatyana Hetzer


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