The Mystic Krewe of Apollo de New Orleans has returned to the city and will hold its “Resurrection Ball” Feb. 14, 2020, at the Hotel Monteleone.
The celebration of the return of an Apollo Krewe to the city where Apollo was founded 50 years ago promises to be an exciting event for all involved. It will be a formal dinner/dance in a bal masque format and will include the presentation of new Royalty for the Mystic Krewe of Apollo de New Orleans.
Tickets for the Apollo “Resurrection Ball” are available on Eventbrite.com (search for “Apollo Resurrection”). Links for ticket sales also can be found on the Krewe’s website at MKANOLA.com or the events section of its Facebook pages at Facebook.com/ApolloNola.
General tickets are $100 and are available at a variety of member hosted or supporting friends’ tables for your selection (or allow the website to pick the best available for you). A limited number of VIP tickets to sit at special tables in the incoming Royalty’s sections also are available for $150.
The ticket price includes a full plated dinner, with menu choices of chicken, salmon or vegetarian, and a cash bar will be provided. The evening of dinner and dancing will be conducted in a traditional bal masque style. Formal attire and a mask are required for entry. Masks will be provided by Royalty for their guests. Others may bring a mask of their choice or purchase one for pickup through the ticket website.
Royalty to be presented during the ball are Dr. Rick Cain, King Apollo New Orleans XVIII, and John Bertrand, Queen Apollo XVIII.
The Krewe of Apollo New Orleans was founded as one of New Orleans early gay Mardi Gras Krewes in 1970 and operated until the mid-1980s. In the meantime, it branched out and led to the formation of sister Krewes of Apollo in Lafayette, Birmingham and Baton Rouge that continue to operate and conduct elaborate balls to this day.
The return to the Hotel Monteleone this year for Apollo New Orleans marks a significant milestone in this 50th years since its founding – particularly because Apollo New Orleans was the first gay Krewe to move out of the shadows and conduct a public ball in the prestigious hotel at a time when raids on gay balls and events still were commonplace.