Friday, January 15, 2016

Laissez les bon temps rouler, Ruston!

The Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball is Ruston’s premier Mardi Gras event, making it the social event of the season.  This year, attendees will be dancing the night away on January 30 at the Ruston Civic Center from 7 p.m. until midnight.

The ball is hosted by the five non-profits housed in the Dixie Center for the Arts in Downtown Ruston. This event proves to be one of The Dixie’s biggest fundraisers with all proceeds going to maintain the historic theatre and support the nonprofit organizations housed there.

You might be asking yourself, “What does a Mardi Gras Ball in Ruston look like?” Here’s a brief glimpse at what this fun and dazzling evening has in store.

The Ruston Civic Center is completely transformed into an elegant ballroom adorned with purple, green and gold. Upon walking in, it’s hard to miss all the sharp suits and stunning dresses worn by smiling attendees.  Additionally, guests have their tables decorated elaborately in a glittering array of colors that make the whole scene magical.
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With each year comes a slightly different and fun flair to the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball. This year’s theme is “Old Hollywood,” and everyone is invited to dress the part. Think Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Fred Astaire.

Live on Clarke Gable’s Hollywood Grand Stage will be the Krackerjacks – “the party band of the South” from Greenville, Ms.

Mrs. Linda Peevy will be catering the event again, and we’re all looking forward to what she has planned. Last year people raved over her dishes and decorative displays.

Local photographer Kevin Hawkins will also be on site to document this special evening. This year, your photos will be emailed directly to you.

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Additionally, NCLAC has put together a silent auction with items from local artist and merchants. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on art, d├ęcor, treats and much more. There will also be raffle baskets filled with beer, wine and spirits that guests will have the chance to win.

Now let us introduce to you this year’s royalty.
Tracy and Jennifer Calloway, Duke and Duchess of Ruston Community Theatre
David and Nancy Darland, Duke and Duchess of the Dixie Center for the Arts
Craig and Laura Miller, Duke and Duchess of NCLAC
Charles and Sandra Hart, 2016 Krewe of Allegro King and Queen

Lord and Lady tickets (for guests 35 years and under) are $50 each. Baron and Baroness tickets (for guets 36 years and older) are $65 each. The entry ticket will include 2 drink tokens and there will also be a cash bar. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.

You absolutely do not want to miss this entertaining night of dining, dancing and socializing in Downtown Ruston. Call Libby at the Dixie to reserve your spot now, (318) 255-1450.

Amanda Quimby is a native of Franklin Parish, a University of Louisiana at Monroe alumna and now a proud Ruston resident. As the marketing director for the CVB, she has a love for travel and tourism, and the coolest job ever. Amanda’s favorite things: coffee, wine and swing jazz. When she’s not working, ...just kidding. She’s always working. Follow her on Instagam and Twitter.

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