Senator Bill Cassidy has selected Ray Brandt as King and Alexandra Reese Pharr as the Queen of the 2019 Washington DC Mardi Gras Ball. Please read more about them below.

Ray Brandt, King of 2019

Ray Brandt

King of 2019

Ray Brandt is a native New Orleanian and an honor graduate of St. Aloysius. Ray earned 3 degrees from Loyola University, a BBA, MBA and JD He is a licensed attorney and a licensed CPA. Ray was twice past chairman of the Nissan National Dealer Council, he is currently serving his 3rd term as Chairman of Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission. He was recently named Louisiana Dealer of the Year. Ray has also received numerous citizen and civic awards, University of New Orleans Hall of Distinction Award, Jr. Achievement Award, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Award, Deus Provedebit Catholic Award, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, Honorary PhD Holy Cross University to name a few.

The Ray Brandt Auto Group presents a diverse selection of automobile manufacturers. Since establishing Ray Brandt Nissan in 1983, President and CEO, Ray has expanded his automotive group to include, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Toyota, Infiniti, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagon, KIA, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi.

Ray’s dealerships have received numerous Awards, -Owner – First awards, Awards of Excellence, President’s Awards, Best of the Best Awards, Distinguished Premier Dealer Distinction among others.

Ray and and his wife, Jessica, many years ago created a family foundation to aid in the education of the under-privileged of the community and to support many organizations that promote better education throughout the community. They also support various organizations that promote research to help stamp out many diseases that plague our nation. Our foundation also supports our Military and Museums that honor our Veterans.

Alexandra Reese Pharr, Queen of 2019

Alexandra Reese Pharr

Queen of 2019

Alexandra Reese Pharr is the nineteen year old daughter of Allyson and Mark Pharr, III of Lafayette, LA. Alexandra is a student at the college of Science and Engineering at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.  She is majoring in Applied Mathematics and hopes to intern with the Department of the Interior or NASA in the near future. She is a member of Chi Omega Sorority and enjoys singing, cross fit and weekend Volleyball games with friends. 

Alexandra graduated in May of 2017 from the Academy of Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, LA and had the honor of being class Salutatorian as well as presented with the “Sacred Heart Award” voted on by the students and faculty for being a living example of the “Five Goals of the Sacred Heart.” She also served as co-captain of the Varsity Volleyball Team, was named an LHSAA Academic All American Athlete for Volleyball, represented her school at Girls’ State and was a nominee for Louisiana State High School Student of the Year. She participated in Youth ministry, High School Chorus and was a member of the National Honor Society. 

Alexandra has a strong Christian faith and has spent several summers doing missionary work in Nicaragua and plans to return this summer. She is honored to be the 2019 Queen of the Mystic Krewe of Louisianans and thankful to Senator Cassidy, the Louisiana Delegation, the Krewe, her parents, her sister, Olivia, and her extended “family” for this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

She is the granddaughter of the late Beldon E. Fox, Jr. of Lafayette, LA, and the late Myrna Solar Fox, Lucille Thibodeaux Pharr and Mark Reese Pharr, Jr. of New Iberia, LA.