The Rougarou is Back! This year’s Rougarou Fest will be held October 21 through October 23, 2022, at a new location. The Fest will come home, bringing the fun to the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, which is still under construction, located on Civic Center Blvd. in Houma. This year, the Rougarou welcomes all to return home to celebrate our culture and heritage at this three-day festival.
ALL HAIL, OUR ROUGAROU QUEEN!
Each year a Rougarou Queen is selected to represent the festival at various events throughout the region. This year’s Rougarou Queen is Celeste Roger.
Celeste was born and raised in Houma, La. She spent her childhood watching her father sketch, paint, design and carve props for the local Mardi Gras krewes. Watching her father’s creativity and thoughts come to life and roll down the streets of Houma inspired Celeste and kick started her passion for arts and crafts. Today she uses that passion for the arts daily as part of her therapy sessions as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Start Community Health Center where she provides behavioral health counseling to children and adolescents.
While her father inspired her artistic side, her mother was the one who instilled in her the importance of giving back. Celeste firmly believes the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. She can be found volunteering and serving the community through various nonprofit service organizations. She finds great joy in collaborating with friends and family to do for others. What feeds her soul is finding a need and then finding a way to contribute to that need.
As a mother of four, Celeste believes in the future generation and the importance of teaching them about our cajun heritage and displaying southern hospitality to all we meet. Just as her mother guided her, Celeste encourages her children to participate in giving back.
As a wife of a husband who owns multiple seafood restaurants and prides himself on supporting organizations that focus on the restoration and preservation of our wetland, Celeste has become even more aware of the importance. “I realize it is not only the loss of the land, but also the loss of the culture that is unique to south Louisiana. Jonathan’s dedication to advocating for people of our communities, preserving our unique way of life, and his passion about this festival is contagious. It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside him,” said Celeste.
This year’s queen costume incorporates details that reflect the local fauna and wildlife that thrives and flourishes within the Rougarou’s Houma territory. Details such as thirteen pennies make their home on her staff inside oyster shells, along with skulls and moss.
Celeste’s costume was designed and created by her and her husband Brent Roger, and Angelle Caro Thibodeaux. Her hair and make-up was created by Janel Poole, Freelance Hairstylist/ Makeup Artist. Her social media designs were created by Nicole Ditch Designs. Special thanks to Jonathan Foret for the use of his home and his friends for this amazing photoshoot.
You can see Celeste as the Rougarou Queen during the Krewe Ga Rou Parade on Saturday, October 22.