Krewe of Comogo selects Mickey Rivet as Grand Marshal for the parade
Mickey Rivet lived a life steeped in public service, youth programs, civic activities and local traditions.
He can now add another element to his extensive resume.
Rivet was named the 2022 Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Comogo Parade at a February 5 gala at the Plaquemine Community Center. The parade will pass through downtown Plaquemine on February 27.
This honor marks a first for Rivet, now 77 years old.
“I’ve never been grand marshal, he said. “I did not stop to say that maybe one day I would have. Finally, it happened, and I consider it a great honor.
Rivet, known to many by his nickname “Rico”, has served on the board of Plaquemine 2005 to 2019. He suffered a stroke in 2016 but resumed its activities on the board until his retirement.
This did not prevent Rivet from leading an active life. He still attends sporting events and other functions.
“I don’t believe in the word ‘resign’,” he said. “I still walk two miles every morning.”
Rivet was a familiar face at Plaquemine before graduating from St. John’s High School in the Class of 1962.
He played basketball, football and baseball for the Eagles.
“I was the bench warmer for basketball,” Rivet joked. “But I played because I wanted to support my school.”
His efforts have not gone unnoticed. As a member of the St. John Class of 1962, Rivet received the school’s sportsmanship award.
Rivet worked with the athletic program when coach Sidney Hednier was head of all three sports at the school.
“Discipline was his specialty,” Rivet said. “Sid was like Nick Saban.”
It has since become a member of St. John Athletic Hall of Fame.
His involvement in the St. John’s athletic program did not end with his graduation. He worked as a scorer and later became the school’s athletic director.
Rivet has since become a member of the St. John Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduating from high school, Rivet remained active in sports. He played in local men’s baseball leagues and supported youth and teen summer sports programs for many years.
He reached his peak as a softball coach in the summer of 1984 when his “Rico’s Girls” team placed third in a USAAA tournament in Carencro, which sent them to Norman, Okla., for action in a regional tournament at the University of Oklahoma.
He was a member of the Friends of the Locks, the board of directors of the Musée d’Iberville and the board of directors of the ARC, among other groups.
Rivet also served two years on Dow’s advisory board, which gave him an added sense of respect for the Plaquemine facility.
“We visited Dow and learned how well maintained this facility was,” he said. “It was so clean and well maintained…they really know what they’re doing.”
He received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge in 2003, the Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year Award in 2007, the Spirit of Iberville Award in 2012 for his outstanding dedication and service to the Iberville Chamber of Commerce and the New Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church in 2016 “Star Among Stars” Award for deserving honors for hard work, dedication and helping out in the community.
For many Plaquemine residents, Rivet is best known for his work in selecting and coordinating activities for Evangeline as part of the Festival international acadien.
Rivet became involved in the tradition in 1994 and continued for 20 years.
Over the years, Rivet has made friends from all walks of life. He was a close friend of four-time Governor Edwin Edwards, he rubbed shoulders with boxing great Joe Louis, as well as an array of musicians including BB King and Fats Domino.
“I’m enjoying life as much as ever,” Rivet said. “God really blessed me.”