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I know I live in Michigan now but we all know I’m a Belle at heart and my Southern ties never venture far.

One of those ties is the celebration of Mardi Gras, which although most people link it directly to New Orleans, it is a Southern Louisiana tradition, including in my hometown of Lafayette, LA. Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday,  is always the day before Ash Wednesday.

At  the age of four I began my journey as a member of the Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival, Inc., the oldest Black Mardi Gras Krewe in Lafayette, Louisiana, where I reigned until I was a High School Senior. I have been almost every member of the krewe from attendant to bugler to Royal Princess. LMGF recently celebrated their 60th anniversary and last year even paid tribute to Motown. There is an annual pageant and ball honoring King Toussaint L’Ouverture and his queen, Suzanne Simonne’.

My mother has continued her membership with our Krewe and now my nieces and nephews are participants. She was recently highlighted by our local TV station for what has become a family tradition.

I am elated that my mother was featured in this Money Sense wrap by KATC, as Mardi Gras is just one of her projects that is almost a year long commitment but most people look forward to that one day. Speaking of looking forward to one day, remember when I said I was almost every member of our Krewe, I never had the opportunity to serve as Queen Suzanne Simonne’, which my mommie knows I’m going to talk about until my dying day lol because as my Granny said we never “see ourselves as little prince and princesses” so I mean who wouldn’t want to be Queen?

Miss Fruge’ is somewhere eating Packzi’s instead of King Cake, working at the radio station instead of having the day off riding in a parade–The life of a Belle gone North


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