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Be outrageous at mardi gras ball

Grand party time is here, revelers. The 13th Annual Masquerade Ball, held Saturday night at 8 p.m., is the place to show off Moulin Rouge type costumes, eat, drink, dance, and be very merry.

Decorations are very dramatic, says Bob Buhlis, Mardi Gras chairman, “a replica of the old firehouse in downtown Nevada City with a lighted windmill going round.” Susan Barry is in charge of these.

The King (Tom Coleman) and Queen (Ernie Kehn) receive their crowns early on, then proceed to celebrate their coronation by throwing many strands of purple, green, and gold beads far and near to their devoted, scrambling subjects. Also in attendance will be two more honorees: Grand Duke Charles Woods and Grand Marshall Bob Crabb. All will march in the parade the following day.

Master of ceremonies, former Nevada City mayor Paul Madsen, will be doing his best to keep things on track and hopefully tell some good jokes along the way.

Dancing will be possible this year, Buhlis says, because in addition to the traditional Cajun music, the George Souza Band with Lorrine Gervais will be playing music to dance to. Only revelers 21 and older are invited, and the bar is no host. Lots will be for sale, such as food, coffee, stronger beverages, beads and more.

About 350 are expected at the ball.

As always, costumes are encouraged but not required at all Mardi Gras festivities. But competition is strong among partygoers who want to win the costume contest, as they then are invited to walk in the next day’s parade. At the very least, the wearing of many strands of shiny purple, green, and gold beads is encouraged, as are masks.

So, come one, come all to the outrageous masquerade ball.

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