My son is the Junior Monarch King for the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association

February 10, 2024

“My son is the Junior Monarch King for the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA). Ashton wore a blue suit and baby blue shirt for today’s Royal Luncheon, so we all wore blue. He’s the first junior king in our family. I’m trying to be sensible throughout the season, but Mom supports us one hundred and ten percent in everything we do. She’s making sure Ashton has what he needs–and a little more. Anything I didn’t think of, Mom thought of it. I let her go right ahead. My whole family has jumped in to support Ashton.

My grandfather was a member of MAMGA, so Mardi Gras is an important tradition in our family. My sister and I were once royal ballerinas helping with the trains. Years later, we were ladies-in-waiting. My uncle was MAMGA’s adult king in 1980.

We’re also a family of teachers trying to help kids do well. I teach Language Arts at LeFlore High School. Mom was an English teacher and counselor. Her father was an English teacher and high school principal. My sister is a teacher, and our Dad was a PE teacher. All of this keeps us close.

Ashton is my only son. He’s going to Jackson State University next year. I don’t know how it will be without him. My parents were empty nesters after I went off to college but continued to support my activities. I was in the band at Jackson State; Mom went up almost every weekend for the football games, even if she had to go by herself. I may do that, too. I’m always following in her footsteps as she followed in her parents’ footsteps.

This royalty experience has been exciting not only for Ashton, but for our entire family. We hope it inspires more young people to experience the other side of Mardi Gras. 


(Ashley is on the right in the photograph. Her mother Sheryl is in the center and sister Erica is on the left.)

These photos are courtesy of Ashley.


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