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First Person with Madeline Noble, Queen of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians
2/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

First Person with Madeline Noble

Lake Charles had royalty in Washington D.C. last month! Madeline Noble reigned as Queen of the 2020 Washington Mardi Gras by the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians. This marks the first time in its 72-year history that a queen has been chosen from Southwest Louisiana to reign over the pageantry, revelry and mystery of Mardi Gras in our nation’s capital. 

The origin of this annual three-day event dates back to 1944 when the first celebration of the spirit of Mardi Gras in Washington D.C. took place. The event became more organized into a true "krewe” by Senator Russell Long in 1957. Led by the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians since then, it has become a unique event attended by several thousand people each year. It’s been called a "show-and tell” of the best of Louisiana – our culture, our politics, our food and our people. This year, Southwest Louisiana and Queen Madeline Noble were front and center. 

Congressman Steve Scalise began a four-year term as Captain of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians in January. Each year, the Louisiana legislature appoints a chairman of Washington Mardi Gras who selects the king and queen to lead the festivities. This year that was Congressman Clay Higgins. Higgins selected Madeline Noble as the Queen and Gregory Hamer Sr., CEO of B&G Food Enterprises, as the King. Higgins also designated this year’s theme as "Red, White and Bayou” in honor of all things Louisiana, including the unique people and products from Louisiana which have worked to promote love of country and become as much a part of the USA as baseball and apple pie. Southwest Louisiana artist Candice Alexander was commissioned to create the poster for this year’s event, in which she used mixed mediums and dimension to bring the history of the state to life.

Madeline is the daughter of Cinda and John Noble Jr., MD, of Lake Charles. A graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School, she is a BBA scholar in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. In the summer of 2019, Madeline served as an intern in the Commercial Banking Division of the Bank of Texas. She has studied abroad and interned at FinTech Global, a financial technology firm in London. Madeline will receive a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance this May. Thrive magazine caught up with Madeline to ask her about this unique experience of serving as the Queen of 2020 Washington D.C. Mardi Gras.

How does a young woman from Lake Charles become Queen of Washington D.C. Mardi Gras?

I grew up knowing about Mardi Gras in Washington. I had friends who had served on the court. One of these friends submitted my name for court – I found this out later. Congressman Higgins wanted someone from his congressional district to serve and he contacted my dad last spring and asked if I’d be interested in serving. I was very honored and excited to be considered, and I said yes. 

What are your official responsibilities? 

Once we received all the information on what this role entailed, it was initially a little overwhelming, but it was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and an honor to be the first to represent our community. Since I’m in school a lot of the planning work fell to my parents. I appreciate their willingness to do this very much. There was an announcement event in Lafayette in August I had to attend where Congressman Higgins introduced the king and queen, along with the theme for this year. Most of my responsibilities took place the week leading up to the three-day celebration.  

Before departing for Washington D.C., I participated in a media event in Baton Rouge and was crowned by Governor John Bel Edwards at the Governor’s mansion. Once in D.C., the schedule was busy, but a lot of fun. The "Louisiana Alive!” kick-off event took place on Thursday, a formal presentation at the "Friday Festival,” and the Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday night. In between there were luncheons and other networking events. After the ball on Saturday night, my family and I also hosted the Queen’s breakfast for several hundred guests. I also had the honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Have you received a lot of support locally?

Yes! It’s been incredible to receive so much support from people in our region, as well as across the state. There were a lot more people attending from Southwest Louisiana this year and being surrounded by people from home made everything even more fun.  

What have you gained from this experience? 

Although it was an unbelievably fun experience, it was much more than a party. This event provides a platform for all the young women on the court, and the festival queens from around the state who attend, to experience all our nation’s capital has to offer. I met people I would have never met without this opportunity to serve. I’m definitely more confident now after having to make several speeches and meeting so many new people. It’s something I’ll never forget.

You’re about to finish your college degree. What are your plans after graduation? 

I want to find a job in finance and work a few years before pursuing a master’s degree, most likely in business administration. I’m also interested in real estate, corporate finance and entrepreneurial endeavors, and would someday like to be self-employed.

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