Belle and I were invited to a Mardi Gras ball last evening. Mardi Gras balls are formal affairs, black tie. The ladies sparkle. And, yes, there are certain formalities that must be observed. The Krewe hosting the ball sets the formalities, but the Ball is mainly to present the officers for the coming year in a format that lets everyone have a good time. Some Mardi Gras Krewes are legendary, like Rex, or Endymion in New Orleans.
Alexandria has several Krewes, and the Krewe of Mystique invited Belle and I to their Ball. It was a simply splendid evening, with good food, great music, wonderful people, and an open bar.
We danced, we laughed, we ate, we simply had a marvelous time. Turns out, I knew the band leader. Steve Wells used to play music in the Natchitoches area back when I was in college. I rented half a duplex from his base guitarist. Nearly 45 years later, he's still playing the music of the '60s and '70s, which is a perfect mix for our age group.