It’s that time of year again, y’all. The sequins are out, the ties are sharp and the entire city of New Orleans is filling with the beat of a new Carnival season. Weekends are slowly filling with King Cake and pending parade plans for the season. Costumes are created. Beads are bought, borrowed and bribed from family members. Yeah, it’s Carnival time and everybody’s getting ready for the ball.
New Orleans Mardi Gras Balls: To and From the Ball with Glamour
The unspoken rule about Mardi Gras in New Orleans is: whatever you do, do it with style. We are a culture that indulges in the finer things. (Hence the party that lasts for weeks without end.) One of the reoccurring questions of the season is, “How do we make this year better? How do we celebrate bigger? What should my costume be? How many pieces of King Cake can I fit in my mouth?” Okay, there are many reoccurring questions this time of year; but, the most important of all the possible questions we can ask is, “How are we going to get to the parade?” or “Do we have to take a taxi to Endymion’s Ball this year?”
The more traditional Balls are by invitation only, are more aristocratic and are the epitome of elegance when it comes to the glittering aesthetic of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. So naturally, this tradition of luxury should be included in every detail of the evening (as well as the entire season).
So you’ve bought the dress, you’ve tied your best dancing shoes and you’re ready to take a beautiful evening and make it magical. The next step is getting to the ball. And the most luxurious ride is just a call away. Limo Livery is driven to create driving experiences that are as extravagant and glamorous as the original Mardi Gras Ball Invitations that were made in Paris—die-cut, colorful and valuable works of art usually collected and framed for their beauty.
That is the Limo Livery Mardi Gras Experience.
Carnival Season is all about luxury: we eat what we want, we drink what we want and we consume all the happinedd we can until the .
Life of the Party: Where Informal is More Fun
Not interested in the glitter of a traditional gown-Ball in New Orleans this Mardi Gras? Why not check out some of our favorite alternative Krewes from quirky to inspirational to maybe even a little bit raunchy. Here is a list of the top 5 Mardi Gras Balls that are great events for out-of-the-box fun.
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is holding this year’s Chewbacchanal on January 26 at the Former Habitat for Humanity ReStore on 2830 Royal Street. This event will run from 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tickets are $15 and will discount to $10 if you wear a costume!
Following the parade on January 19, Krewe du Vieux will be hosting their annual Krewe du Vieux Doo at the former Habitat for Humanity Project ReStore. The music-centric event will be featuring the Brass Band Jam, Blue Brass Project, and A4D (AssFourDaze). Tickets to the bash are $30 and can be purchased in person at La Farmacia (Den of Muses entrance, Architect Street, Faubourg Marigny), Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur), GinaWare (4429 Bienville), or Up in Smoke (2101 Magazine). A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door, cash only. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and music starts at 10:00 p.m.
Although a scheduling mishap caused Krewe of Freret to miss entrance into this year’s Mardi Gras events, they will still be holding their annual Black Tie Masquerade Ball on January 25 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Dance to the musical stylings of headliner Bonerama, as well as Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and mash ups by Jermaine Quiz, among the majestic floats at Mardi Gras World and then drink to your heart’s desire at the open bar. Tickets are $125, advance sale only, and can be purchased online. Don’t forget your mask!
Taking place on February 11 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Orpheuscapade promises to be a true Carnivale ball, this year. The music leaves nothing to be desired, featuring New Orleans’ own prodigal son Harry Connick, Jr., Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, the Partycrashers, and Vince Vance & the Valiant’s. Tables are assigned on a first come first serve basis, so make sure to get there early. Catering is available through the Convention Center, but the party is also BYOB—set ups of soft drinks, cups, and ice will be provided at each table. Tickets are available for advance purchase only online or call (504) 822-7211.
The 610 Stompers, an all-male group of dancers dressed in their signature blue short-shorts, will be hosting the Third Annual Sweet 610 Debutante Ball: The Headbangers Ball at the Sugar Mill, on January 18. This 80′s rock band themed fete will provide an open bar and bites from local restaurants for the low price of $40 ($50 at the door) and costumes are highly encouraged. Proceeds this year will be going to the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, so you will be drinking for a good cause! Get your tickets online.