March 1: Beads and bling it’s a mardi gras thing
Most Mardi Gras balls are by invitation only. This year, we were invited to the Crew of Mid-City Ball. All Mardi Gras balls are black tie events, so you have to arrive in formal length gowns and tuxedos! These balls are elaborate, over the top, with intricate details. A whole year goes into planning out the theme, creating the floats, and all of the events in-between in order to pass on tradition from decade to decade. Our ball consisted of an opening ceremony presenting the royal court and including the new king and queen of Krewe of Mid-City. I almost felt like I was in medieval times with a New Orleans flare. Dinner included a first course which was a house salad, a second course which was a hot bowl of gumbo, a main dish which was a steak, and finally a dessert which was a cheesecake themed Mardi Gras cake. After dinner, a live band played and there was an open bar until 3 in the morning. That is when the party really began. The parade for Mid-City was on Sunday! Other balls such as Endymion are open to all visitors! I highly recommend adding a Mardi Gras ball to anyone’s bucket list, since it is an experience to treasure!