LONG BEACH -- On Saturday night, the Carnival Association of Long Beach hosted a Mardi Gras celebration fit for a king or queen.
A Royal Celebration proceeded throughout the downtown, with krewe members dressed as famous royal couples throughout history, from Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier to King Arthur and Lady Guinevere.
Frankie Castiglia and Audrey Mayer reigned as the Carnival Association's King Scott and Queen Rosalie.
Mayer described her reign as a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.
"We raise money for St. Vincent de Paul School and other local charities, including the Pink Heart Funds and Make-A-Wish Foundation," she said.
"We give all our money away," said Mike Gunlach, president of the board of directors.
Krewe members who raised the most money for charity got to ride on a special private float.
Castiglia and Mayer said they enjoyed their year as royalty and all the memories they made.
"The ball last night was beautiful and amazing. It was a great time and we're looking forward to an awesome parade today," Mayer said.
"We made a lot of new friends and rekindled old friendships and just had fun," Castiglia said. "We're looking forward to seeing all the kids hollering and screaming 'Throw me something, mister.'"