queen-sugarLouisiana Queen Sugar LXXV | Caroline Marcello

Caroline Gayle Marcello is the 21-year-old daughter of Howard and Catherine Marcello. She graduated from Edward Douglas White Catholic High School in 2013 and is currently attending Nicholls State University, where she will graduate in May with a Mass Communications degree.

At Nicholls Caroline has received the Congressman Billy Tauzin Scholarship for Public Relations students and the Colonel Leaders and Scholars Award. She also works for the Nicholls Athletics department as a sports correspondent intern for the football, basketball, and baseball teams.

Caroline will reign as Queen Sugar LXXV and follow in her grandmothers footsteps. Dorothy B. Caillouet reigned as Queen Sugar V in 1947.

Caroline is excited to travel to various fairs and festivals throughout Louisiana and to the Washington D.C. Mardi Gras Ball promoting the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, Sugar Industry and farmers across the state.

 

Farewell from Queen Sugar, Caroline Marcello:

This past year has been a dream come true. Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would  have the opportunity to complete in the Louisiana Queen Sugar pageant, more or less reign as Queen Sugar LXXV.

This is a title I hold close to my heart. In 1946 my grandmother, Dorothy Bernard Calliouete, reigned as Queen Sugar V. It was easily the highlight of her life, and she instilled a love for this title in me at a very young age.

Throughout this past year I have traveled to many different fairs, festivals, and pageants learning about all Louisiana has to offer. You truly have never seen the state of Louisiana till you’ve seen it though a festival queen’s eyes.

I’ve been crawfishing in Breaux Bridge, orange picking in Placeqmine, strawberry picking in Ponchatoula, and skeet shooting in Guydean. It’s been incredible to watch and learn from hard working people in the state. Their passion and dedication to tradition is inspiring.

I also had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for their annual Mardi Gras celebration. This was by far the funniest trip I’ve ever been on. I danced the night away at balls, had lunch with congressman, and shared my knowledge of the sugar cane industry with others.

I have truly been lucky to live out my dream this past year as Queen Sugar LXXV. I’d give anything to share my Queen Sugar stories with my granny but I know she’s been with me thought this entire journey.

There are so many people to thank for this year being a success. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of Sugar Cane festival board and all the people who give their time and talents to the sugar cane industry.

This has been an adventure of a life and I am and forever will be Queen Sugar LXXV.

-Caroline Marcello