New beginnings continue….1st Mardi Gras Ball!!!

New beginnings continue with a first time Mardi Gras Ball for a country girl!

Last January I started working, as a sub-contractor, with a dear friend, Marti Carroll owner of Fauxscapes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Pyramid Plaster

I have found the Louisiana mask2a2culture and the people here so intriguing, not to mention the FOOD.Gumbo

The first month that I was here Robert, Marti’s husband, said they would just fill me up on Louisiana food and I would never want to go home….well guess what we have been here for over a year now and have no intentions of moving back to Arkansas where I was raised.

Now to get to the Mardi Gras Ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mardi Gras began before Europeans ever came to the New World. Mardi Gras came to America in 1699 with the French explorer Iberville. During the mid 1840’s, the Mardi Gra was almost lost, due to the violent behavior of the masked participants. In 1857, the Comus organization added beauty to Mardi Gras and demonstrated that it could be a safe and festive event. This was the first organization to use the term krewe to describe itself. Comus also started the customs of having a secret Carnival society, having a parade with a unifying theme with floats, and a ball after the parade.

The Krewe that Marti belongs to is called the Krewe of Iduna, which is for women only.

This was their 49th annual ball, with approximately 1500 members. The krewe, is made up of a Royal Court with a Ball Captain, King and Queen with Maids and Dukes.

I was so excited to be invited to such a festive event; until I realized I was going to have to dress up…..I’m talking about gown and high heels. I am a blue jeans and ropers kind of gal, not a girly girl at all. Can I tell you it was an adventure when it came time to get the dress and walk, much less dance, in high heel shoes!

All krewe balls have a different theme each year and this year it was:

“Yo Ho, Yo Ho….A Pirates Life for Me!”

Marti’s, daughter Rachael was chosen to be a maid, and dressed to represent a mermaid. She was escorted by her stepfather, Duke Robert Carroll, a pirate.

Now for the fun with pictures:

King Bragi XLIX & Queen Iduna
King Bragi XLIX & Queen Iduna
Treasure Chest & Pirate Thomas Tew
Treasure Chest & Pirate Thomas Tew

Navigation & Pirate Blackbeard

Navigation & Pirate Blackbeard

St. Elmo's Fire & Pirate Calico Jack

St. Elmo's Fire & Pirate Calico Jack

Calypso & Pirate John Avery

Calypso & Pirate John Avery

Mermaid & Pirate Stede Bonnet

Mermaid & Pirate Stede Bonnet

Calypso & Pirate John Avery

Calypso & Pirate John Avery

King & Queen with all the Maids and Dukes

King & Queen with all the Maids and Dukes

Oh!!! What a shot!

Oh!!! What a shot!

What a beautiful Mermaid!

What a beautiful Mermaid!

Priceless

Priceless

Proud Moma Marti, brother Ben and Stepdad Robert

Proud Moma Marti, brother Ben and Stepdad Robert

Moral of the story of the high heel shoes...if you aren't used to them shuck'em.

Moral of the story of the high heel shoes...if you aren't used to them shuck'em.

Note: you can click on each picture and it will enlarge.

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~ by Chatty Renee on January 19, 2009.

2 Responses to “New beginnings continue….1st Mardi Gras Ball!!!”

  1. It looks like the Krewe know how to throw a party! My gosh the elaborate costumes – very fun!

    That last photo is a keeper, I love the bare feet!

    • I can tell you it was an experience of a life time…and was honored to be a guest.
      It is amazing how they come up with different themes each year. It has got to be
      so much work.
      Oh yea, the high heels had to go…but good thing was I wasn’t the only one…

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