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Krewe de Carnivale en Rio Kicks of Mardi Gras Season

Posted: Jan 3, 2014 10:32 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Feb 11, 2014 9:37 AM

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Two days shy of the Epiphany, Lafayette will kick off the Mardi Gras season this weekend with the first ball of the year. The Krewe of Carnival en Rio Ball will be held at the Cajundome Convention Center Saturday night, but the krewe was busy Friday making sure everything will be ready for the celebration. This year we go behind the scenes of the 9th annual Krewe de Rio Ball.

This year's Krewe de Rio Ball is going to be even better last year, which is hard to believe. But from the looks of it, it's sure not to disappoint.

It's a production a year in the making. As tradition goes, the night before the ball, the krewe's royalty puts on a dress rehearsal. But the process of getting in costume is a production in and of itself.

"It's every little girls dream come true for a group of people to ask you to serve as their queen," said Queen Prissy Whatley Wilson. "I've met so many new friends."

This year's theme, the Agents of Rio, will include characters including Carmen San Diego.

"I love seeing a years work, and what I've done, and how it all come together," said A Capita Jeanie Domingue. "There's lighting, there's staging, there's costumes and there's music.It's like my baby."

This year's Rio Ball is sure to please with hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in the production of it all.

"It's going to be some sort of super energy tomorrow night," said King Lawrence Svendson. "The Rio Ball is just incredible. Someone referred to it one time as an assault on your senses."

Sadly this years event is sold out, but it's expected 1,800 people will be kicking of Mardi Gras at the event. If you don't have your tickets, it's not the last time to catch up with the Krewe de Rio. Their parade will be rolling through downtown Lafayette on February 22.


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