Beau Rivage/Biloxi Has a Hit;
It's The Incredible Shanghai Circus
Opening weekend brought loads of revelers to Beau Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, for the hit Shanghai Circus. Direct from China, the 24 entertainers brought to the stage their unique talents for this acrobatic circus, showcasing the physical rigors necessary to pull off the acts with grace and ease.
Although all of the acts were excellent, some were more amazing than others. The daredevil chair stacking episode, almost to the ceiling of the theatre, took the breath away from many in the audience. And the young lady contortionist was unbelievable, balancing trays of stacked water filled glasses from both feet, both hands and from her mouth, all at the same time, never spilling a drop throughout her performance of twists and turns.
The young man who juggled china pots was another bit of inspiration, especially when he took on the task of one 35 pound pot. Slinging it way above his head into the air, his precision landed the pot on the nape of his neck each time.
The whirling plates stunt, as well as the slinging of Chinese yo-yo's, was pretty spectacular as well. Even though a couple of mishaps occurred, the performers were quick to recover without missing a beat.
Executive Producer Michael Wilson has filled this show with traditional folkloric performance artists, original Chinese music, dancers, comedians and massive backdrops with famous scenery of China. However, each evening's performance is different since 4 to 6 of the acts are interchanged.
Wilson and Beau Rivage Public Relations Manager Mary Cracchiolo hosted a VIP Cast Party following the performance giving invited guests a chance to meet the performers. Held in the Camellia Ballroom, guests were treated to cocktails and a festive buffet including a whole roasted pig. The magnificent pagoda ice sculpture set the tone for this event.
Shanghai Circus performs through May 5. Tickets are $12.95 plus tax for adults and $8.95 plus tax for children. Call 228.386.7777 or 888.566.7469 for show times and reservations. Shanghai Circus room packages are available starting at $49 per person. For more info., visit Beau Rivage's Web site.
3rd Gay Easter Parade Brings Out Thousands;
Raises $1,500 for Erection of N.O. AIDS Monument
The 3rd Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade brought thousands to French Quarter streets for the procession. Proceeds after expenses from the parade and associated festivities raised $1,500 toward erection of the New Orleans AIDS Monument, Esplanade Ave. at the River.
Celebrating the lives of those who have preceded us, the parade was led by Easter Grand Marshals III Teryl-Lynn Foxx & Timm Holt. These two individuals were chosen from past year's parade participants who have given back and supported the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender community.
With 3 bands positioned throughout the procession and some 36 other carriages, cars, mini floats and walking groups, this year's parade proved to be the largest yet.
Founder Lance V. Ford and Ambush presented this year's spectacular which began on N. Rampart at Studio 504, with the Pre-Parade Party. The parade proceeded to Toulouse then to Decatur, then Dumaine to Royal, to St. Louis to Burgundy, to St. Ann to Bourbon, ending at Cafe Lafitte in Exile on Bourbon for the Post Parade Party. Thousands were waiting along the route at Jackson Square and then from Dauphine down St. Ann to Bourbon and then down Bourbon to Lafitte's.
The parade drew participants from various carnival krewes, community organizations, businesses and media, plus local and visiting celebrities.
Sponsors of this year's parade included Platinum $1,000 level - Queen Fashions and Shim Sham Club; Gold $500 level - Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain; Silver $250 level - Quartermaster, Cafe Lafitte's, Studio 504, Le Roundup and Friends of Timm Holt; Bronze $100 level - Clarence Jackson, Dr. Frank Maniard, MD, Paradise Adult Video and connexxion.com Houma.
Expenses included EGM carriages - $445; sashes, pins and flowers - $419.40, bands - $1,300, parade permit - $526.16, signs - $30, banner - $108.44, mailings/postage - $176.08; and printing/copies/invitations - $164.76. Total expenses - $3,169.84.
Revenues from sponsorships, parade entry fees and fund-raisers - $4,669.84.
A profit of $1,500 benefits erection of the New Orleans AIDS Monument. Visit GayEasterParade.com for more info.
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