Krewe of Agape announces Royal Court

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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BATON ROUGE — The Krewe of Agape Carnival Organization will hold its 18th Biennial Carnival Bal Masque this Sunday at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge.  This year’s theme is “Agape Salutes Historical Black Sororities and Fraternities.”

Queen Agape XVIII is Ms. Nydia Maude Marie Cooper of St. James.


Nydia is the daughter of Machiavellia and Nadine Nelson Cooper of St. James. Nydia is a junior at Loyola University in New Orleans. She is studying marketing and management on scholarship. Nydia also has a third-degree level two black belt and is a junior instructor. Nydia is no stranger to Krewe of Agape; she has been a page, a princess, a lady in waiting and a maid. Now she will reign as Queen Agape.

King Agape XVIII is Mr. Jamil Hakim Sharif.

Jamil is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jamil Sharif, Sr. of New Orleans. He has one sister, Jovita. He is a student at Loyola University of New Orleans studying music and computer programming.  He is currently employed at Home Depot while he completes his studies. If Jamil had the opportunity to make a difference, he would make opportunities involving music more widely available from collaborating, composing, teaching and performing.

Captain Agape XVIII is Mr. Raydell Mason of LaPlace.

Raydell is married to the former TaQuana Zeno of LaPlace. They have two sons. He and his wife have several local medical businesses.


Five Maids will make their debut this Sunday with Agape.

Lorine Darnell Babin – daughter of Tressie Henry Bourgeois and Garry Bourgeois of Kenner

Raegan Sarai Forest – daughter of Delacer Wicker and Ramsey Forest of LaPlace

Yasmin Jami Moore – daughter of Janiya Moore Robinson and the later Gary Joseph of LaPlace

DoMonique Aaryn Warren – daughter of Dawn and Aaron Warren of Lutcher

Kaelen Alicia Washington – daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Carey Gauff, Jr. of LaPlace

Ladies in Waiting

Kenzi Nicole Brass, daughter of Mr. Ken Brass of Vacherie

Randi Yvette Joseph, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Joseph of Reserve

Madison Brielle Moll, daughter of Shawna and Jarvis Moll of Sorrento

DestiNae Aarilyn Warren, daughter of Dawn and Aaron Warren of Lutcher


Zynae Armani Jones, daughter of LaCheta Saul Alexander

Sa’Naijah  Simere  Nelson, daughter of Bradlynn Green and Ronnie Nelson, Jr.

Kaitlyn Ester Marie Barton-Odro, daughter of Derek & Kendra Barton-Odro of Gonzales

Kayden E’Von McGee, daughter of Ryshique Williams


D’hani Vary, son of Pulsha Wilson

Jayce Aaron Plummer, son of Bianca and Justin Plummer

Marquis Johnson, son of Monique and

Kayden Thodile, son of Rhonda and Quindrick Thodile

Pages to the King and Queen

A’arya Ann Joseph. Daughter of Amanda Fritts

Darvi   Malia    Johnson, daughter of Vionne Miller and the late Dartainia Johnson

Amariyah Cherelle Stokes, daughter of Arianne Simmons and Jonathan Stokes


Cole and Connor McDowell, sons of Alona Baloney McDowell and Chester McDowell of Gonzales.