Carnival = Bon Temps Roswell!
Bal masqués, or masked balls, are the pinnacle of Twelfth Night revelry! The masqués and entertainment continue through Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday," which is the day before Lent. Ironically, the solemn and austere period of Lent created Carnival, which literally means, "farewell to meat." All carnival revelries begin with overindulgent parties for people about to bid a fond adieu to the pleasures of the flesh.
The revelry of the 2nd Annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball will feature extraordinary entertainment ~
Last year at the Inaugural Roswell Mardi Gras Ball, guests danced the night away with music from The Ruby Red's Band. These folks may be the longest tenured jazz band in Georgia. The band was formed in early 1966 to perform nightly at a rowdy beer hall and banjo sing-along parlor called Ruby Reds Warehouse in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. They have been playing throughout the Southeast ever since. The Krewe of Voilà is pleased to have The Ruby Red's back as our band once again!
“From the minute I walk into the event space to begin setting up to paint from life, until after it’s over and my easel is packed up and I’m leaving, I feel a huge excitement and pleasure at being part of the guests’ experience. . . I am so honored to be part of the event’s ‘Cool’ factor!” ~ Ann Marshall Bailey ~ Live Event Painting
This year Ann's painting of the revelry of Roswell's Mardi Gras Ball will be available for bidding in our LIVE Auction - the winning bidder will be painted in to this one-of-a-kind work of art!
Shannon Stanley is a whimsical and light-hearted aerialist, dancer and performer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She teaches and choreographs both aerial and ground movement. Many of you will remember Shannon from the Inaugural Roswell Mardi Gras Ball where she flew above the ballroom on the aerial silks. This year Shannon will be a little more grounded!
The Off Centered Project was created in 2012 by Kristina Guede and Tony Schott, two performing artists, in search of a healthy, professional environment to creatively express their visons. With lifelong backgrounds in classical ballet and competitive gymnastics, this duo collaborated their forces to form a company where artists could flourish and live out their dreams. The Voilà Foundation is excited to add this group of talented performers to our Mardi Gras Ball!
Our auction is now open! This year our auction will be powered by Handbid - an extremely bidder-friendly app for your smartphone! Download the free Handbid app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (Android Market). And don’t worry if you do not have a smart phone — you’ll still be able to bid at our event with strolling “Auctioneers” using iPads!