- Published on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 13:25
- Written by Breanna Bright
The hallway through the Isle Casino event center looked a bit like Bourbon Street last Friday: beads were everywhere, masks were on every face, and Blues music was in the air, creating an immersive Mardi Gras experience, making the first Cape Mardi Gras a huge success, and a lot of fun. We’re already excited for next year!
The Isle Casino was under siege by an array of masked-partiers last Friday. Trees decorated with beads, the floor covered in confetti, the Mardi Gras Masquerade Party was one attendees won’t soon forget. Laurie Evertt of Annie Laurie’s Antiques applied her decorating skills, transforming the event center with beads, vases, and masks. Even the hallway was immersed in décor that would be the envy of New Orleans. A photo booth stood in the corner where guests could capture the memory of the evening with costumes and a festive backdrop.
The dance floor was filled once the bands took the stage, Dennis Stroughmatt et L’esprit opened to get the night warmed up, and the Stacy Mitchhart Band came all the way from Nashville to rock the rest of the party. None rocked harder than the Krewe of Breaux and Heaux who came down from Makanda, IL to join in the fun. These party animals won best Krewe, which included a buffet at the Isle Casino.
The rest of the costume contest winners included Mark Dirnberger for best dressed individual thanks to Brittney Cook of the Unwound Styling Studio, whose skillful application of makeup and costume design stole the show. Mardi Gras couple Brad and Teri Reynolds took their rightful place as King and Queen to top off the contest.
The food completed the Cajun atmosphere with a buffet full of cultural delights including beignets and shrimp poor boys. Guests enjoyed their first drinks on the house in complimentary, custom hurricane glasses made especially for the party.
Of course, Mardi Gras wouldn’t be complete without the parade. Glow sticks in hand, bayou music in the air, everyone danced and snaked through the ballroom, bringing the night to an amazing climax.
We know what you’re thinking - kicking yourself for not being there, or wishing it hadn’t ended, but don’t despair. On February 17 the party continues with a Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl through Downtown Cape. Hope to see you there!