In 1950, a group of prominent Houma businessmen informally gathered together for the purpose of starting a new carnival club. Those informal meetings were held at the Mayfair Club on Main Street in Houma. Later that year, the first official meeting was held in the city courtroom in the courthouse following a pre-organization meeting at the office of Dr. Arthur Anisman. The purpose of the club was to bring to the City of Houma the splendor and beauty of a night carnival parade for the first time. At this meeting, officers were elected and the name of the club was decided by popular vote. The founding officers were Frank King, President; Merkle B. Kornegay, Vice-President; Ernest Bille, Secretary and Treasurer. The first Captain of the Krewe of Terreanians was Dr. Arthur Anisman. By parade time, the Krewe of Terreanians had incorporated as The Greater Houma Carnival Club, Inc.

Many obstacles appeared on the road to success for the club this first year; renting floats at an affordable price, transporting the floats to Houma, finding a way to properly illuminate the floats, and securing costumes. However, after hours of hard work, the Krewe of Terreanians held its first parade at 7:30 on the night before Mardi Gras, Monday February 5, 1951. The officers and members of that first year were rewarded for their efforts by seeing the smiling faces of the youngsters, teenagers and adults who lined the streets of Houma. The parade thrilled thousands of the citizens of Terrebonne and those of nearby parishes who journeyed to Houma to view the spectacle and beg for baubles and beads from the maskers. Membership was fewer than 100 men.
Here is the history of presidents and captains for the Krewe of Terreanians.

Years President   Years  Captain
1950-51   Frank King 1950-53 Dr. Arthur Anisman 
1950-52 Merkle B. Kornegay  1953-54 Harry Mey 
1952-53 Vincent Lopresto  1954-58  Vincent Lopresto 
1953-54  Eldon Madere 1958-59 Bud Sharp 
1954-55 Dave Schouest  1959-62  Vic Morgan 
1955-56  Dr. Arthur Anisman  1962-66  George Fakier 
1956-58  Merkle B. Kornegay  1966-75  Dr. Tom Givens 
1958-59  Vincent Lopresto  1975-80  Henry Toups 
1959-63  Claude B. Duval  1980-82  Dr. Tom Givens 
1963-69  Elward T. Brady Sr.  1982-84  John Hollinshead 
1969-71  Malcom P. Kraus  1984-89  Harold Haydel 
1971-76  Ronnie J. Haydel  1989-94  Dr. Tommy Haydel 
1976-77  Henry Toups  1994-02  Hon. Randy Bethancourt 
1977-78  Dickie Webre  2002-05  Donnie Braud 
1978-80  L.J. Folse  2005-06  Mike "Cus" Prosperie 
1980-84 Merkle B. Kornegay  2006-07  Donnie Braud 
1984-86  Jim Erny  2007-09  Rene Rhodes 
1986-88  A.P. Prejean Jr.  2009-12 Donnie Braud 
1988-91  Merkle B. Kornegay     
1991-93 Sid Sundberry     
1993-95 John M. DeFraites     
1999-00 John M. DeFraites     
2000-03 Merkle B. Kornegay     
2003-06 Darryl Brue     
2006-08 Gray Chatagnier     
2008-10 Jason Bergeron     
2010-13 Terry P. Braud, Jr.     
2013-16  Charles Kornegay  2012-16  Dane "Peanut" Ledet, Jr. 
2017-18 Charles Kornegay  2017-18  Tim Stevens 
2018-23 John Poiencot  2018-23

Charles Kornegay 

 2023-PresentChris Smart 2023-Present Jared Toups 

The Krewe of Terreanians is one of Houma's oldest parading carnival clubs.  This year is our 75th Anniversary.
The Krewe of Terreanians  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 201 S. LaCarpe Circle Houma, LA

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