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Hail Argus – Our First Out King!

25 years after his father was King of Argus, Michael Hollis leads the Krewe into 2016 with fiancé by his side.

Michael Hollis and Marty Brantley at Argus Ball 2016. Photo courtesy Marty Brantley.

Mardi Gras 2016 was one for the books! Michael Hollis, the openly gay son of late Louisiana Senator Ken Hollis, made history as he was crowned King of the Krewe of Argus at the annual Galaxy Ball. This marks the first time a major parading organization in Jefferson Parish (not to mention one of the oldest krewes in all of New Orleans) knowingly crowned an out member.

‪#‎Argus2k16‬ was particularly special to those of us who had the honor to know and love Argus VII, Ken, and I know he is proud of the legacy his entire family is carrying on in many different ways.

Traditionally, the King courts a female queen – another member of the society, chosen based on votes, draw, or any other rule the society uses to pick its royalty. Significant others are presented and recognized during the coronation.

His Majesty, Argus XXXII, Michael C. Hollis. From The Argus Galaxy Ball, held on Friday, January 15, 2016.
His Majesty, Argus XXXII, Michael C. Hollis. From The Argus Galaxy Ball, held on Friday, January 15, 2016.

“Words can’t explain what was going through my mind right then – things I am sure go through many minds on special days such as weddings. Gratitude to those who took time out of their schedule to attend the ball… to the Krewe of Argus, and all who help make the evening magical. Perhaps most notable, was the simple introduction of my love, Marty Brantley as my fiancé and thus embracing us into the Argus family.” – Michael Hollis

The celebration continued through the parade on February 9th as King Michael rode in Argus, this time as King. See his reaction as he passed by friends and family along the route.

Mike hears support from his friends and family amongst the parade-goers on Fat Tuesday.

Michael is President and Chief Executive of Hollis Companies, a regional insurance brokerage firm started by his father, who was King Argus VIII. Ken Hollis was a huge supporter of his son and the entire LGBT community during his term, even back in 2001.

Fun fact: The Jefferson Performing Arts Center Theater was recently renamed in Ken Hollis’ honor, back in December, 2015.

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