Parades

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. 

Parade Entry Forms

krewe parade

Sunday, February 27, 2022 @ 2 PM

2022 Krewe Parade
GRAND MARSHAL

Ed Oliver Jr.

Buffalo Bills, NFL Football Team

About Ed Oliver Jr.

Ed Oliver Jr. is an American Football Player for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.  He is the son of Ed Oliver Sr. (Marksville, La) and Dana Baker (Houston, TX).  Ed was born and raised in Houston, TX, and attended Westfield High School where his football career began.  Oliver was rated as a consensus five-star recruit and was ranked among the top players in his class.  Oliver committed to play college football at the University of Houston, joining his older brother, Marcus Oliver, who is currently the head football coach of Alexandria Middle Magnet.  Committing to the University of Houston, Ed made history by becoming the first ESPN rated five-star recruit to commit to a school outside the Power Five conferences.

In college, Oliver became an immediate starter during his freshman season in 2016.  He started all games that season and was the winner of the Bill Willis Trophy, becoming the first freshman to win the award.  His sophomore year Ed was selected to the Walter Camp All American first team and won the Outland Trophy, presented to the nation’s top interior lineman. By his Junior year Ed had been named as a 3x First Team All-American and 3x First Team All AAC. Upon completion of his junior year, Ed declared for the NFL Draft and on April 24th 2019, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round with the ninth overall selection.

Ed was an immediate starter for the Buffalo Bills and has continued to be for the last 3 seasons.  In 2019 the Buffalo Bills made it to the first round of the NFL Playoffs but was defeated by the Houston Texans.  Ed believed that first round loss fueled the team during the off season to become more successful the following year.   In 2020 the Buffalo Bills were the AFC East Champs and made it to the AFC Championship Game but fell short against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Ed is honored to be selected as the 2022 Alexandria Mardi Gras Association Parades Grand Marshal.  He has always recognized his CENLA roots and continues to immerse himself in the culture of Central Louisiana. Ed enjoys his off season by riding his horses and ATV’s and spending quality time with family.  Ed has also stayed true to his commitment of giving back to the community by hosting a Turkey Giveaway, and Christmas Toy Giveaway for several years.  Ed has pledged to continue seeking opportunities to help and give back to the Central Louisiana region that nurtured his early growth and development.

Parade Route

Children's parade

Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 10 AM

2022 Children's Parade
GRAND MARSHAL

Sophia Nawaz

Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen 2021

About Sophia Nawaz

  • From New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Rising senior at Academy of the Sacred Heart-New Orleans
  • Honors student
  • Scholastic Ambition—To obtain a Doctorate of Medicine degree and to work as a Forensic Pathologist
  • Social Impact Initiative—Cultural Diversity: Teaching others the importance of  learning about others’ cultures, stopping stereotypes and judgement towards things that a person cannot change, understanding privilege and recognizing inclusion.  
  • Performs as Jasmine for birthday parties and other events
  • Volunteer with Louisiana Kids (Nonprofit Organization)
  • Has traveled globally and is a food connoisseur.
 

Parade Route

Classic Cars & College Cheerleaders Parade

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

2022 CC&CC
GRAND MARSHAL

Nick Mikulas

About Nick Mikulas

Nick Mikulas moved to Alexandria Louisiana for “2 years”, 20 years ago. This town was not on his “radar” as a place to settle down, since he’d never been here, and had always been a fan of cold air and blizzards. It’s funny what meeting a local girl can do to change those long term plans! It turns out, this town where he didn’t know a soul, quickly became home.
 
Nick graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences, and came to Alexandria to fulfill his lifelong dream of getting paid to talk about weather. He worked at KALB in Alexandria for 7 1/2 years, then left to help his wife run her t-shirt business. Nick’s wife, Kristen, started Louisiana Promotions back in the days of dial up internet, and phones that didn’t take pictures, so it was definitely time to help her out. He figured he could still talk about weather to his friends and family, and get out and chase storms and snow like in his pre-TV days, so it was a win-win. Around the time Nick left KALB, Facebook was becoming more of a mainstream way to communicate with the masses. As things usually go with Nick, he just followed his passion with very little thought, and started talking about weather on Facebook. For some reason, people liked what he was saying, so he kept doing it. In the 12 years he’s been off the airwaves, he’s covered hurricanes,
snowstorms, ice storms, way too much severe weather, and chased tornadoes all over Central Louisiana.
 
Nick is thrilled to be the 2022 Grand Marshal of the Classic Cars and College Cheerleaders Parade, since his main goals in life are a happy and healthy family, and to always wear comfortable clothes. You can spot Nick in your local grocery stores, in his living room watching a show with his wife Kristen, daughter Lily, and stepson Max, or sitting in a parking lot looking at his phone because the new weather models just came out, and he can’t wait until he gets home to see them. Nick is thrilled to be a part of the Central Louisiana community, and hopes to have less weather to post about this year. We need a break!

Parade Route