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Franklin Based ‘Krewe of Gumba’ Makes History


FRANKLIN, LA – Krewe of Gumba, is making history in the community.

This year, the historically African American Krewe is promoting diversity by crowning it’s first non-black King and Queen.

Krewe King, Ed “Tiger” Verdin, explains the goal is encourage inclusion.

“In our country today, we’re so divided, says Verdin.” “The Krewe of Gumba is now realizing that we have more in common together… diversity is everything.”

Krewe Captian Diane Wiltz explains each Mardi Gras Krewe has it’s own unique history. “They will crown and king and queen, depending on the krewe, but every tradition is centered around one common theme, says Wiltz.” “We celebrate by being with friends, by being with family, and partying and eating!”

The Krewe of Gumba will roll Mardi Gras day in Franklin, Louisiana.