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Krewe of Seville Has Roaring, Good Time With Ball

  • February 9, 2014
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PNJ.com Written by Will Isern Elegant Gatsby-themed affair returned to roots of Mardi Gras with masquerade It may be Olympics season in Sochi, Russia, but down here on the Gulf Coast, it�s all about Mardi Gras. And the Krewe of Seville let the good times roll Saturday night at its annual Mardi Gras ball. �The Mardi Gras ball marks the highlight of the Mardi Gras season for the krewe, so it�s always a big, frolicking time. �Unlike most krewes, the Krewe of Seville changes its Mardi Gras theme from year to year. This year�s theme was �The Great Gatsby.� And in keeping with that theme, the ball was a masquerade. ��We wanted to get back to the roots of Mardi Gras,� ball chairwoman Sylvia Ammons said. �In the past, we�ve been angels and devils. We�ve been bikers. We wanted to have this ball be more of a true Mardi Gras ball, and a true Mardi Gras ball is a masked ball.� �Men wore tuxedos and women wore sparkling flapper gowns. Masks ranged from the simple Lone Ranger-style to elaborate visages with long noses and feathers. The night was capped off with the naming of the krewe�s 2014 king and queen. All the members of the krewe vote on the king and queen, who serve for a year as the faces of the krewe. �Once the votes were tallied Saturday night, Priscilla Brewer and Michael Wierzbicki were announced to loud cheers as this year�s king and queen. �Wierzbicki joined the krewe in 2008 and served as it�s captain, a managerial role, for two years. �Brewer has been a krewe member since 2005 and is currently the chairwoman for the krewe�s cookoff committee. �It means the world to me,� Brewer said. �This is just such a fabulous group of people who will be there for you through thick and thin. I�m honored, but I certainly wasn�t expecting it.� With more than 100 members, the Krewe of Seville is one of the biggest Mardi Gras krewes in Pensacola.
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