The first unofficial Mardi Gras ball of 2015 kicked off with a bang at Mardi Gras World on Saturday, April 5. The annual bash, held by and profiting Bridge House/Grace House, honored local activists and philanthropists Roger Ogden and Patricia Denechaud as King and Queen of the Krewe of Pork and Beads. The King and Queen were presented along with their court to the sounds of Mike Morris in a small private party preceding the event.
The 18th annual event of its kind, more than 900 guests dressed up in costumes and tacky attire to enjoy music by ELS; silent auction boards; dancing; edibles from the likes of Cafe Reconcile, Casamento’s, Eat, The Court of Two Sisters and Palace Café; libations; door prizes; and costume contests.
Auction highlights included hotel stays, antiques, artwork, jewelry and more. The evening also included a wish list for the residents of Bridge House/Grace House recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Items available for purchase on the wish list included prescriptions, bus tokens to attend meetings, treatment books and doctor visits.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Cochon Cotillion XVIII,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House
When: Saturday, April 5
Where: Mardi Gras World