Take a Look Inside the ‘Social Event of the Season’: The Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball

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“It’s like helium for the City of St. Louis”

Those were the words of one attendee at the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball, which The Riverfront Times dubbed “the social event of the season.”

The striking gala, which took place March 1 in Downtown St. Louis, combined the elegance of The Rotunda in City Hall with a striking Mardi Gras theme. Green, purple, and yellow lights lit up the space for attendees dressed to the nines (with festive twists like masks and beads).

Attendees included young professionals, TV anchors, politicians, and of course, St. Louis’ first Mardi Gras Queen: Missy Kelley, CEO of Downtown STL, Inc. While the crowd enjoyed their share of king cake and hurricanes, an eclectic music lineup including the Funky Butt Brass Band, Coco Soul, and DJ Mahf all kept the party alive throughout the night.

Aside from the entertainment, what’s most impressive about the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball is how it impacts the city. This year, the event generated more than half a million dollars in proceeds, which will go towards community grants for the Soulard and Downtown communities.

Didn’t get to attend? Don’t worry: we captured the whole experience for you. Take a look inside this must-see event. We’ll see you at City Hall in 2020!