Twin Cedars celebrate the second Behind the Mask Gala

Steena Hymes

February 3, 2014

Filled with costumes, dancing and royalty, Twin Cedar’s second Behind the Mask Mardi Gras celebration was in full swing Saturday night.

Hosted at Del’Avant, hundreds of people came out to support Twin Cedar’s fundraiser.

The night started off with the investiture party where the first king and queen were crowned by Mayor Jim Thornton. The title of king went to Troup High School teacher Peter Anderson, and Trish Liechty was crowned queen. Mayor Thorton then made a proclamation giving Anderson and Liechty ceremonial rule for the night of Feb. 1.

“It’s just a wonderful thing that they do for the community. I was just beside myself whenever I heard that I had won,” Anderson said.

Leichty shared those sentiments.

“It was the biggest honor to be elected the first queen of LaGrange and I’m having a wonderful time,” she said.

The musical act Mudcat returned the gala this year with their jazz and blues sound. The crowd sang and danced along with their opening rendition of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.’ Guests danced the night away to Mudcat’s lively performance.

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, authentic Cajun food was served for dinner.

Purple, green and gold beads were handed out and thrown off the roof of Del’Avant onto the streets.

“Such a fun night. What a great cause, amazing. This is something everybody needs to come to every year,” guest Nicole Crane said.

The royal court of the night included dukes John Harrell, Eric Crouch, Joel Beatty, Mel Stewart, Jay Harman and Bill Lowe; and duchesses Wanda Lowe, Ashley Stewart, Theresa Beatty, Susan Ferguson, Katie Cashen-Harris, Markette Baker, Joyce Sato and Lynne Morgan

Preliminary total for the amount raised from Behind the Mask has not been calculated yet.