Mystic Krewe of Apollo Ball Masque XXXVIII
Hey Y'all, it’s Charlie.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, The Mystic Krewe of Apollo Baton Rouge held their 38th annual ball masquerade, Ball Masque XXXVIII, downtown at the Raising Canes River Center.
Even though I have been living in Baton Rouge for the past 9 years, It was my first time attending the ball. Matter of fact, I have actually only ever been to one other Mardi Gras ball back in high school, so I was anxious about what to expect from this one.
The night opened with a great host introducing local pageant winners and in-house royalty.
The one act that I really appreciated was the reigning Queen's take on Cirque De Soleil. It was diverse, unexpected, eclectic, and fun to watch. You can tell almost every performer was engaged and genuinely having a damn good time. What made that performance so special to me, was recognizing the community behind the collaborative performance. Drag queens, acroyoga performers, fire-dancers, and I am pretty sure most of them being local GymFit Cirque folk, all came together to support the Queen in her number making it the perfect opening act.
The remainder of the night consisted of fellow Krewe of Apollo members giving us eccentricity and craftsmanship with their over-the-top and extravagant costumes. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Addams Family, Alice in Wonderland, Siegfried and Roy, and Freddie Mercury were some of the many interpretations of themes for the night. There was a diversity of aesthetics and personalities that was very much appreciated.