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Hixson Classic Cars and College Cheerleader Parade
Children's Parade
Krewe Parade

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   (Floats eligible for Krewe Parade on Sunday are only those representing official Mardi Gras Krewes. )

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


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. 

2018 Krewe Parade Grand Marshal
Jalen Richard

Jalen Richard was born in Baton Rouge La on October 15, 1993 to Krissy and James Richard. Jalen has two brothers Jeremy and Justin. Jalen is married to Alexandria Richard. Janel moved to Alexandria at the age of 5 and attended Phoenix Magnet Elementary. Jalen then attended Alexandria Jr. High School where he made the 7th grade football team. Jalen also played football in the AAA football league in Alexandria. Jalen attended Peabody Magnet High School where he played football, basketball and ran track. Jalen earned a scholarship to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jalen signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 2016. Jalen has just finished his 2nd season in Pro Football as a Oakland Raiders.

2018 Children's Parade Grand Marshal
Alana Lewis
Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen 2017

Alana Lewis is a Junior at Haughton High School and a member of the National Honor Society.  Her platform, L.O.V.E., encourages us to Love Our Veterans Everywhere.
Her scholastic ambition is to obtain a Doctorate of Forensic Anthropology.  Alana is a leader at her high school as well as her community.  She is also a professional princess, entertaining at parties and events throughout north Louisiana.  She won the talent portion of the competition with her vocal performance of "The Girl in 14G."

2018 Hixson Classic Cars and Cheerleaders Parade
​Grand Marshal
Colonel Douglas Mastriano, PhD
US Army War College

A native of New Jersey, and the son of a career US Navy man, Colonel Mastriano was commissioned in the United States Army in 1986. He began his career on the Iron Curtain with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment based out of Nuremberg, Germany. While serving along the East German and Czechoslovakian borders, he participated in the end of the Cold War and after this, deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. Here, his regiment led the main attack against Saddam's elite Republican Guards. Having survived several close calls by God’s grace, he subsequently served in tactical, operational and strategic levels that included assignments in the Pentagon, the 3rd Infantry Division "Rock of the Marne," and US Army Europe (USAREUR) Contingency Plans. His also served four years with NATO Land Headquarters in Germany, from where he deployed three times to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, he served as the director of the ISAF Joint Intelligence Center, with eighty soldiers from 18 NATO and non-NATO nations. After twelve moves, and living twelve years outside of the United States over the past nearly thirty years, Colonel Mastriano is a faculty member at the US Army War College in the Department of Military Strategy, Plans and Operations.

Doug is a historian, a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) and has a Masters in Military Operational Art and Science, Masters in Strategic Intelligence, Masters in Airpower Theory, a Masters in Strategic Studies and Bachelors in history. He earned a PhD in history in 2013 from the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, Canada. Colonel Mastriano led the search to locate where Alvin York in 1918 received the Medal of Honor. American and French authorities endorsed his findings, which led to the construction of a five-kilometer historic trail, replete with two monuments and nine historic markers in the Argonne Forest, France for visitors to walk where Sergeant York fought. Doug’s website www.sgtyorkdiscovery.com has details and maps. He authored an award-winning book called, Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne. This book received four awards; the William E. Colby Award for military writers from Norwich University, the Crader Family Book Prize in American Values from Southeast Missouri State University, the Army Historical Foundation Book Award; and the Army War College’s Madigan Award for Excellence in Scholarship. His next book, Thunder in the Argonne, will be released in 2018 and is the first book to tell the complete story of America’s largest ever campaign (the Meuse-Argonne Campaign).

Mastriano also served as the senior editor for an Army Chief of Staff Landmark study on Russian landpower, titled, Project 1704, which informed American and European strategy for Eastern Europe. This was followed by another strategic assessment on Russia called Project 1721. Mastriano has supported six NATO exercise in the Baltics and published twelve articles related to the region, NATO and Russia.

He is married to Rebecca (Stewart) of Sharpsville, PA. Their son Josiah is an Eagle Scout, the Canadian Chief Scout Award and is a recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.