Spanish Town Ball: “Reminiscent of adult scenes in a movie” | Entertainment/Life
The Spanish town’s Mardi Gras ball returned to a live event in a genuine nod to its reputation and history on Saturday night. Filled with fun and debauchery, this adult-themed celebration hosted by the Mystic Krewe for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana celebrated the return of her homecoming with a color palette of pink and flesh, accented with sparkles and pink flamingos. Over 3,000 people attended the ball.
Outfits ranged from tuxedos and cocktail dresses to unique pink suits and standout costumes reminiscent of adult scenes in a movie. Guests decorated the tables with scenes that would make any grandmother blush. The beauty of the Spanish Town Ball (and the theme of the parade) allows everyone involved to push their moral boundaries and enjoy a moment where anything goes and without judgement.
Personally, my favorite game of the evening was a balancing act that involved rolling a pink foam golf ball down a replica of a Spanish town street littered with barricades, crowds and vehicles. It was challenging for the sober and addicted, but a fun take on the parade day festivities. Games and photo ops littered the room and often included treasures to complete or participate in.
The ball honored Krewe 2022 royalty – Grand Marshal Raul Urdiales, Queen Anissa Jarreau, King Biggeaux Williams – and their royal court past and future, bringing together floats and crew past and present to celebrate with no other itinerary. what a party. The exciting, family-friendly scene includes content that is not necessarily family-friendly for the most part.
Family and royalty are men and women many know and love – neighbors, church friends, teachers, restaurant staff, doctors, nurses, lawyers or favorite first responders. Past royalty includes the likes of Scot and Laura McDavitt, Jay Dardenne, Chris Frink, Gabby Loubiere, Edwin Edwards, Clarence Buggs, Whitney Vann, Kip Holden, CC Lockwood, Tom Sylvest, Smiley Anders and Price LeBlanc.
This year was my second time attending the beloved Spanish Town Ball. The theme (regardless of the year) is outside my comfort zone. I applaud those who encouraged me to attend and embrace the Spanish Town Ball and Court. Donning a wig and a feisty costume for a night out is just as fun as dressing up for a formal event. I now understand the greatness of the Spanish Town Krewe and look forward to experiencing it in the future.
The ball is a memorable kickoff to parade season in Baton Rouge. The Eddie Smith Band and Werewolf were the musical entertainment of the evening, and the dance floor remained packed until the lights came on in Raising Cane’s River Center ballroom. The Krewe of Spanish Town Parade rolls out at noon on Feb. 26, through its namesake neighborhood in downtown Baton Rouge. The Spanish Town Parade was first held in 1981. It held a “drive-in” parade in 2021 and is excited to be rolling again in 2022. For more information visit mardigrasspanishtown.com.