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Jan 4, 2013 7:36 AM by Kristen Holloway

Krewe of Carnivale En Rio Mardi Gras Ball

Mardi Gras season officially starts Sunday, but the Krewe of Carnivale En Rio kicks off the season tomorrow night with a ball. The carnival season is starting tomorrow at 7p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center. Once it begins, the Krew of Rio members say it's a huge party and you wont catch anyone sitting down. The Krew of Rio is up first to showcase their Mardi Gras spirit. What's a Krewe without a king and queen leading this year's court is Janice and Marty Leblanc.
"Planning for a Mardi Gras ball like this takes a whole year, right after Mardi Gras this year, we'll start working on Mardi Gras 2015," said Janice.
"Costumes are the biggest thing right now for the court members, everybody is scrambling to get last minute preparations," said Marty.
Props, decorations, vivid colors, carnival music, and of course beads. The Krewe will transform the convention center into one of the biggest parties in Lafayette.
"In Rio we really do it up right, it's a party like no other in Lafayette. You can expect not to sit in your chair the whole night," said Janice.
King and Queen of the Krewe say they're in Mardi Gras mode starting in October all the way through the day of the ball while everyone else is celebrating the regular holiday season.
"Even though Christmas and New Years come kind of quickly for us we're in Mardi Gras mode all throughout the months. It's nice that our ball is first because it helps to kick off Mardi Gras in Acadiana, then we can relax and enjoy all the other festivities," said Janice.
The ball will last till one in the morning at the convention center on saturday. Also you can catch the Krewe of Rio's Mardi Gras parade February 2nd.

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