Krewe de Etoiles, Dallas’ first authentic Mardi Gras Krewe, offers up to the Dallas Metroplex, the profoundly unique culture, ambiance, vibrant exuberance and the unquestionably colorful spirit of the Mardi Gras season. On January 30, 2016, Krewe de Etoiles, will present the Dallas Metroplex, with its first authentic Krewe and Gala Masquerade Bal. There are but two pivotal deliverables to be expected for this Gala evening, and they are unimagined, awesome festivities and community awareness.
Our 2016 chosen charities are Operation Smile and Community Partners of Dallas. Operation Smile is an international organization of dedicated Medical volunteers who perform corrective surgeries for children with cleft palates and cleft lips worldwide. Community Partners of Dallas, mission is to ensure safety, restore dignity and inspire hope for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas County Child Protective Services.
“It is with all of the trappings of the true spirit of Mardi Gras, along with the entanglement of western-inspired influences that Texas Geauxs Mardi Gras,” says Krewe de Etoiles co-founder and Captain I, Annia Jenkins, originally from Louisiana. Jenkins also said, “the Dallas Metroplex is both a prime and perfect backdrop for the celebration, and the birth of Krewe de Etoiles, as Dallas has always embraced and flaunted its own unique, and diverse culture.”
The Mission of Krewe de Etoiles is to effectively share its authenticity, even punctuating it with a Texas twist. It is also the intent of the Krewe, to bring awareness to those civic and social issues and causes deemed worthy, including; education; scholarship; health; domestic violence and quality of life.
The Gala’s logistical and production teams are moving fast and furious plotting and planning the schematics for the Bal’s attendees to be amazed, awe-struck and enlightened from their very entrance into the Gala Red Carpet Paparazzi Reception to the evening’s Royalty presentation. “For many, this Bal will be their first Mardi Gras experience, but we can guarantee that it will be one that all will look forward to each year,” suggested the Bal Chair and Louisiana native, Cynthia Hightower-Jenkins. The Krewe will also lend a crash course in Mardi Gras, as Mardi Gras 101 will be weaved Into the evening’s delights. For instance,
Bal is not a misspell, it has only one “L, ” and is a festive Gala experience. (A “Bal” is a Mardi Gras Krewe’s official gala featuring the King, Queen and court in full royal regalia depicting its chosen theme for the Mardi Gras season.) The Krewe’s Captain believes that the Gala is poised to parallel the majesty of the season’s authentic Bals of New Orleans, and the three words she chose to describe the plans were; captivating, spectacular, and transforming.
Oh, and about the Krewe’s logo. With the Texas Star embossed on the hearts of many Texans, either transplants or natives, it reflects the ‘why’ for its prominent, bold, depiction in the Krewe de Etoiles official emblem. It goes without saying, the Fleur de Lis is certainly the single most recognizable symbol ever, and is absolutely synonymous, and a necessary component, in the observance of the Mardi Gras season.