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:
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 – Richard Schoenhoffer and Dianna Raye Sturtz
XIV – Charles Mowrey and Marie Lee
XV – Jeff Franco and Kat Beahm
The fun all starts on January 6, with the Krewe du Kork’s Karnival Kickoff “The Bead-Dazzled Mardi Gras Tree” and ends up with a multi-Wrap Party on March 1 (Fat Tuesday).
See the entire schedule of events in the list to the right….