During the 18th century in Upper Louisiana, New France, the French settlers looked forward to the time of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night. This was the time when the King’s ball or Bal de Roi was traditionally held to close out the Christmas season. The Ball was the most formal social event of the year and all the townspeople were invited to attend this celebration of singing, dancing, and feasting.
This being a leap year, Ste. Genevieve will honor its historic French culture with a Queen’s Ball to be held on Saturday February 6, 2015 at the VFW Hall located at 842 Memorial Drive in Ste. Genevieve.
All ladies present will be treated to piece of La Galette des Reine (Queen’s Cake) and the lucky lady who finds a special charm in her piece will be crowned Queen of the Ball. The Queen will select her King and together they reign over the Ste. Genevieve festivities throughout the year. Special attendants will also be selected to assist the Queen and King. In recent years, the honorary titles of La Dame or Le Chevalier of Ste. Genevieve have been awarded to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the local community.
Guests are welcome to bring a basket of snacks for their enjoyment and there will be a cash bar for refreshments. Everyone is encouraged but not required to dress in French Colonial costumes. The musical group, Cash Rebates, will provide music and instructions in traditional dance. Persons of all ages can participate as this dance is a family affair.
Doors to the Ball are opened at 7pm with singing of traditional French songs by Les Petits Chanteurs. Guests may be formally introduced beginning at 7:30pm and the music and dancing will begin at 8pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The facility is wheel chair accessible