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Invitations to Mardi Gras Balls

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Invitations to Mardi Gras Balls

So how does one get an invitation to one of the many Mardi Gras Balls. I have looked all over the website, and cannot find any topics on it. Id love to go. I hear they are pretty formal.

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1. Re: Invitations to Mardi Gras Balls

Some balls are open (Endymion, Orpheus). For the more exclusive krewes, it's really who you know...

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The old-line "society" balls can be stupefyingly dull. Balls thrown by the newer krewes (Endymion, Bacchus) are apparently livelier. Gay balls often have the most spectacular costumes.

Balls can drag (you can quote me). If you stay for the whole thing, it'll take up most of your evening.

Links to krewe websites:

neworleanswebsites.com/cat/tr/mg/kr/kr.html

A ticket to the Endymion "Extravaganza" will set you back $225.00. Balls don't come cheap in dis town!

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I wouldn't waste my time at a ball. Balls drag -(SlateNYC, tripadvisor.com, August 19,2009) I have been to one and its like going to to a presidential State of the Union address- Its nice,everyone stands up and claps, but in the end, you can't wait to go home and drink a few beers out your fridge.

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I prefer the Orpheus ball to Endymion's crazy, way too crowded mess. I had a professor who was in Rex and gave us tickets, but it was only fun since I went in a group.

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Seriously they really drag???? They sound so Old New Orleans and sophisticated. So is it really just better to mingle on the street with people rather then go to a ball or what? I am huge costume finatic and a great costume designer, and I would love to meet and network with some of the other designers out there. Any suggestions other then the gay ball, would be great. So how long do these balls last for? And really tell me more, what is so boring about them?

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I love old New Orleans traditions. I love the fact that the balls still exist, and long may they wave! After half an hour, I'm pretty sure you'd be ready to split.

Comus, Proteus and Rex are old-line krewes made up of the city's "social elite." I'm not sure I'd use the word "sophisticated" to describe adults in Camelot costumes flanked by debutantes:

http://tinyurl.com/m8desu

(And this being New Orleans, everyone — with the possible exception of the "monarchs" — has been drinking for hours.)

At the old-line balls, the courts parade in circles, form picturesque "tableaux," and girls get "called out" to the dance floor. That's about it. For hours. If you're there as a guest, there's not a whole lot to do except watch.

Worldtraveler can tell you more about the modern "Super Krewe" balls: Orpheus, Endymion, and Bacchus. The Super Krewe parades are among the most beautiful of the season, and as the krewes are less traditional, the balls might be less staid.

I honestly think you'd have a much better time on the streets of the Quarter, Marigny, and Bywater on Mardi Gras morning. As a costume designer, I know you'd enjoy a Bywater walking club called the Society Of St. Anne, known for their wonderful costumes. The Society's website is currently down, but here are some random photos snatched from Flickr (with thanks to the various photographers):

http://tinyurl.com/mt6r3s

http://tinyurl.com/nmgsqx

http://tinyurl.com/mw84xh

http://tinyurl.com/ljcgkr

http://tinyurl.com/mqxvpb

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_Saint_Anne

Inevitably, your favorite things about Mardi Gras will be the things you couldn't have planned. Stay loose, because serendipity is your best friend!

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It's fun to watch the pageantry associated with the balls, but after a while, it does get a bit old. Endymion is just too crowded for my tastes. Orpheus can be hit or miss, but it's usually pretty fun and a livelier atmosphere than the "old-line" balls.

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