The Prairie du Rocher Twelfth Night Ball is a revival of a French colonial tradition. The event features music, dancing, wine and more.
Doors open at 6:00, the music begins at 7:00, and dancing starts at 8:00. 18th century costume is encouraged, but not required. Although the event starts at 8:00, it's best to arrive between 7:00 and 7:30, because there is limited seating and reservations are not permitted. Attendees may bring snacks, however no alcohol is allowed to be brought in. The Legion will offer a variety of wines at the cash bar for the event in addition to their normal selection.
One of the main highlights of the evening is the announcement of the king and queen for the night. This usually takes place around 9:30 p.m. The king is chosen by whichever man is the first to find a bean in his cake. He then chooses his queen. The other men who find beans become the court and they choose their ladies as well. In leap years, the tradition changes, and the ladies do the choosing. This year however, it will be the men who choose. Two local young ladies will be chosen ahead of time to serve as pages for the event and they will escort the court to their places. The king and queen will receive a complimentary cup to commemorate the occasion.