Parades and Grand Marshals

Fun Fact  About AMGA    
   The AMGA Krewe Parade is held on the Sunday before Mardi Gras Day. 
   

Hixson Classic Cars and College Cheerleader Parade
March 1st 4:00 PM

Hixon CCCC Parade Route and Children's Parade Route

Children's Parade  
March 2nd 10:00 AM

Krewe Parade Route

26th Annual AMGA Krewe Parade
Feb 3rd 2:00 PM

(only krewe floats are allowed in this parade)

GRAND MARSHALS 

Every year the AMGA chooses a person of distinction either from the central Louisiana area, or from the state to serve as Grand Marshal of the Sunday Krewe Parade. Previous Grand Marshals have included former Dallas Cowboy Kicker and Super Bowl winner Chris Boniol, Blues musician Grady Gaines, former Miss USA Ali Landry, Natchitoches native and country music recording artist Trini Triggs, CNBC London anchor, Sydnie Kohara, an Alexandria native, actor Scott Paetty, Mr. Food – Art Ginsburg, as well as local personality , Martha Angelo, country singer Eddy Raven, and Grambling State Football Coach and Former NFL player, Doug Williams. 


Based upon a standing relationship with the Miss Teen Louisiana Pageant, the Grand Marshal for the AMGA Children’s Parade is the reigning Miss Teen Louisiana. 
   

2019 Krewe Parade Grand Marshal
Versha Sharma
Managing Editor and Senior Correspondent
NowThis News


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Versha Sharma is the Managing Editor and Senior Correspondent at NowThis News in New York City. Versha was hired as a senior editorial producer in 2014, and was tasked with shaping and defining the editorial voice for NowThis. From there, she was promoted to managing editor and oversaw 2016 Election coverage, running and growing a team of nine producers over 2 years. She conducted an interview with President Obama at a critical moment in the election cycle. She has also interviewed Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, scientist Bill Nye, artist Alicia Keys, and more. NowThis has an audience of 23 million followers and 2.5 billion video views monthly. Versha hosts shows and series for the brand and frequently interviews politicians, activists, and artists.

Prior to NowThis, she worked as a reporter and editor for Vocativ, another digital-first news outlet, where she managed a team of international reporters. She also covered the 2012 presidential election for MSNBC. Versha got her start in digital journalism at Talking Points Memo, where she went from unpaid intern to deputy publisher over the course of 3 years. She is a native of Alexandria and graduated from Bolton High School before attending Centenary College in Shreveport to study political science. There, she worked for the school newspaper and became editor-in-chief of The Conglomerate, before graduating and working on political campaigns that took her from Louisiana to Georgia to DC, and ultimately, New York.

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2019 Children's
Parade Grand Marshal
Catherine Grace “Gracie” Reichman
Miss Lousiana’s
Outstanding Teen 2018

Gracie Reichman was crowned Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen 2018, on April 8 of this year. The competition featured 24 teens from across the state of Louisiana. Gracie captured the group talent award, performing a contemporary clogging routine to “Let’s Get Loud”. As a result of winning the title, she will receive $5000 in cash awards and scholarships, along with in-kind scholarships. She will go on to compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen this July in Orlando, Florida, and a chance to win over $30,000 in scholarship assistance.

Gracie is the 17 year old daughter of Jim and Edna Reichman of Colfax, Louisiana. She is a 17 year old junior at Holy Savior Menard Central High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, where she is a member of the BETA club, dance line and softball team. Gracie plans to continue to promote her personal platform of “Think Twice, Be Nice”, which deals with bullying and the platform of Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, during her reign. Gracie hopes to use her scholarship winnings to become a physical therapist, specializing in sports physical therapy.

2018 Hixson Classic Cars & College Cheerleaders Parade
​Grand Marshal 

Brigadier General Sherian Grace Cadoria
​United States Army Retired   

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​​Brigadier General Sherian Grace Cadoria was the highest-ranking black female general in the U.S. Armed Forces upon her retirement in 1990, after a 29-year truly distinguished military career. After growing up in Marksville, Louisiana, General Cadoria earned a Bachelor of Science at Southern University. Later while also working in the military she earned a Master of Arts in Social Work (Human Relations) from the University of Oklahoma.

General Cadoria’s exemplary military career as a leader, manager, teacher, counselor, administrator, and law enforcement officer led her to many milestones. She was the first woman to command a male battalion; the first woman to command a criminal investigation brigade; the first woman to serve as Chief of the Physical Security Division, US Army Europe and 7th Army; the first woman to serve as Chief of Military Police Corps, and the first black woman to serve as a Director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-1, Director of Manpower and Personnel). She was the first black woman to attend, in residence, the Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army War College and the National Defense University Institute of Higher Defense Studies. Her myriad of firsts did not stop her from continued greatness in her retirement from the military. She started her own company and became and international speaker, served on numerous community, state and national boards. And, in 1997, she again set a new standard as a volunteer principal for a parochial school and served for three years. Her retirement has included service on numerous boards as well including CLECO Corporation, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Louisiana Trooper Foundation, Louisiana State Police, State of Louisiana Veterans Affairs Commission, Women’s Research and Education Institute, Military Advisory Committee, and Bishop’s Guild, Diocese of Alexandria.


In over 40 years of experience and public service delivery she has received more than 500 awards, citations, commendations, and tributes for her contributions and efficacy in facilitating professional empowerment, problem resolution and organizational growth. General Cardoria’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, and member of Louisiana Veterans Hall of Honor. Some of her Civilian recognition and achievements have included: Louisiana Legend Award, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Award Who’s Who Among Black Americans, Women of Strength & Courage Award, YWCA Spirit of Giving Award, Avoyellan of the Year, NAACP Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award, International Black Woman of the Year, and Distinguished Alumni-Southern University & A.&M. College.



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