Krewe of Victoria

In 1993, the Krewe of Victoria was formed by eight ladies: Debbie Landry, Phyllis Bergeron, Carolyn Guilbeaux, Nancy Sutton, Teresa Meza, Mary Romagosa, Aimee Waguespack and the original president, Wendy Harwood. Wendy's Canadian background provided the impetus to form a Victorian-inspired krewe and thus, with The Coronation of Queen Victoria as its first ball theme in 1994, the Krewe of Victoria was launched.

These ladies’ goal was to create a krewe that was not only different, but one where lasting friendships would be forged and nurtured. Membership is limited and may be attained through invitation, sponsorship of two members, and approval of the executive board.

Annual events and tableaux adopt original themes often combining the Victorian age with South Louisiana's Mardi Gras madness. Each May the krewe kicks off its year-long activities by hosting a High Tea in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday. At this gathering, the following year’s royalty is chosen by a drawing whose result is not revealed until the official announcement party held in the fall. Other events include general membership meetings, an orientation party for new members, a Christmas party, and a pre-parade party prior to participating in the Queen Evangeline parade.

The membership is diverse and civic-minded as demonstrated by those who support and serve on other organization’s boards such as Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Friends of the Humanities, Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Lafayette Parish Medical Society Alliance, the Alliance Antique Show, VITA, Pets for Health, Lafayette Health Care Clinic, and area churches and schools. Four members are past queens of the Bishop's Charity Ball.