Krewe of Pomona ready to roll

In the ashes of the Krewe of Allegro, the Krewe of Pomona has born.

The Krewe of Allegro, founded by the Ruston Civic Symphony Society in 1999 to raise funds for the arts, has retired to make way for the Krewe of Pomona. The former Krewe’s members had dwindled to the point that the Dixie Center for the Arts and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council had taken control of planning the Krewe of Allegro Ball, which constituted the bulk of the Krewe’s annual activity. 

Mardi Gras is such an integral part of Louisiana culture, and Ruston misses out on the tourism dollars and the connection to the rest of the state from this celebration,” said Michelle Landry, a member of Pomona’s Board of Directors. “We want to put together an inclusive group of people who can work together to create a family-friendly, exciting environment that people from all over our region can come here to enjoy.”

Other Board members are Jennifer Garriga, Andy Durrett, Judy Copeland, Leigh Nixon and Jennifer Pyles.

The new Krewe of Pomona, named for the Roman goddess of the fruit harvest, is a 501(c)(3) corporation that will operate more like a traditional Mardi Gras Krewe, with year-round activities planned to benefit our community and the arts. 

Those interested in participating in the Krewe can apply for $300 Charter Membership by July 31 by going to the Krewe of Pomona Facebook page. All Charter Members membership rates will be kept the same for the first five years. Membership benefits include the option to ride on the Krewe Float in the Mardi Gras Parade, costume components, discounted Mardi Gras Ball tickets, and invitations to two Krewe socials held each year. The Ball will be open to Krewe members only, with a limited number of member-invited guests. 

The Krewe’s logo designed by Donnie Bell Designs. 

For more information, call the DCA office at 318-255-1450 or email  

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