Twin Oaks residents march to Mardi Gras beat

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 1, 2014

By Monique Roth

LAPLACE – Twin Oaks Nursing Home hosted its 2014 Mardi Gras Carnival Ball on Feb. 27 to a packed house of residents, family and friends all eager to celebrate the Carnival season and the royal residents.

Current royalty and past kings and queens were all part of a procession that was held after a group of second liners opened the program.

2014 Twin Oaks King Charles Williams and Queen Ruby Englade presided over the festivities as this year’s royalty.

Reserve native Williams has lived at the home for three years. His hobbies are playing bingo, participating in the men’s club where he serves as president, socializing on the front porch and going out with family and friends. He has three sons and eight grandchildren.

LaPlace native Englade has lived at the home for approximately 10 months. Her hobbies are socializing with friends and family, playing bingo and attending church services. She has four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Both Williams and Englade said they were very excited to serve as king and queen this year.

Chucky C’s Band played at the event as the processions took place.

Past royalty Valena Warner, Mary Berthelot, Micheal Jackson, Bertha Jones, Leroy Lewis and Mary Ann Stein were all presented.

Royal Oaks representatives presented were Jackie Englebracht and James Vicknair.

The 2014 Twin Oaks Royal Court consists of Marjorie Noble, Marie Lee, Shirley Kirklin, Rose Audiffred, Lorraine Williams, June Howard, Martina Gambino, Audrey Johnson, Geraldine August, Pecola Growes, Wanda Brown, Emile Bolden, Allen Snyder, Irby Gaubert and Donnie Millet.

The 2014 Maison Oaks queen is Lillian Banquer.