NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Queen of Carnival 2018 is 20-year-old Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis McDaniel Freeman Jr. The Junior at the University of Virginia is honored to be reign at such an amazing time in the city's history.
"Yes, of course, I'm excited," she said. "Once I saw my grandfather as king, I knew I wanted to be part of this," she said.
Her grandfather Louis McDaniel Freeman was Rex 1999, one of four Kings of Carnival in her family. She loves the pageantry and the spirit of Mardi Gras.
"Mardi Gras was all about having fun and being with friends and family and beautiful floats. The whole atmosphere was fun and excitement," Freeman said.
She reigns during the city's tricentennial.
"I hope we can do as much as we can to preserve the city," she said.
Sarah Jane's minor is art history at the University of Virginia, but it has been a major part of her life since the early days at Isadore Newman, to her high school days at Episcopal High in Baton Rouge. Her pieces stood out.
"My freshman year one of them was chosen to be the first permanent gallery there."
She studied in Paris and London before she finished high school in Alexandria, VA. She is open to challenges.
"I like marketing and PR, and I really like design," she said
Waving a scepter is something new, just one of several duties she will have the night of the ball. She will be presented with her king, Lynes Sloss.
"It is so magical and different,' she said. It's an important year for New Orleans."