Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Krewe of Nereids Mystical Ball

Some of my blog followers may not know how the big the Mardi Gras celebrations are in our area. Every week the local papers are full of schedules for formal and/or costume Balls, breakfasts, and parades, especially as we near the height of the season. This past weekend I attended the Krewe of Nereids Mystical Ball to take photos and thought I'd share a few with you.

It's not unusual for people to belong to multiple krewes, or attend parties of other island krewes since they all come under the umbrella of the Krewe of Wrecks. Actually, most of the Mardi Gras events are open to the public, even some of the Balls, if you would like to buy a ticket. It's pretty much one big happy family at this time of year. I especially enjoy seeing the feathered masks and beautiful embroidered jackets.

In Greek mythology Nereus and Doris gave birth to 50 daughters (usually considered mermaids), the Nereides, for which this krewe is named. Hence the Krewe of Nereids' have a King Nereus and Queen Doris as their royalty. You may read more about the story of Nereus, Doris, and the Nereides by clicking HERE.

Peggy Henshall dances with her husband, George, who was the Krewe of Nereids' King last year.

The Nereids Mystical Ball is a bit different in that a mask is required for the first hour. At 9:00 p.m. guests may unmask and enjoy the return of their peripheral sight! A midnight buffet is served if you're night-owlish enough to last that long.

Beautiful Caroline...

Charming ladies...
And dapper gentlemen. It was a beautiful evening!

1 comment:

Jacob said...

I had not heard of this particular Mardi Gras event, but it does look like a good opportunity for the beautiful people to get out and have a good time.

Lots of very nice photos, here!