Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What Do People Wear to the Zulu Ball in New Orleans?



What do people wear to the Zulu Ball in New Orleans? That is a common question that I see coming through my traffic tracker as we near the Mardi Gras season, and so, I edited some video I had of the Zulu Ball 2011 to scenes that would let people get an idea of how some of the participants dress. The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club also known as the Zulu Krewe requires formal attire for the ball.

I have been told by a reliable source that the entertainment at the Zulu Ball 2012 (February 17) will include Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly. However, even reliable sources can be wrong or the entertainment can change. One year a snow storm kept En Vogue away and Mistikal, who happened to be at the ball, performed in their place. (Update January 21: Now I'm hearing not Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly but Charlie Wilson instead.)

The second video shows more people dancing in gowns and tuxedos at the Zulu Ball 2010. They are doing the second line, which is the parade you see in the background of the first video.

Watch the second video here.

Updated December 30: As for buying tickets to the Zulu Coronation Ball, here is the answer I posted in the comments section:
Hi, Coy. I suggest you contact the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club at this link, contact Zulu for information about how to get an invitation or a ticket. Or maybe someone at the Zulu Memorabilia Store can help.

9 comments:

CCGroovy!!! said...

Technically; the ZULU BALL is a formal event, so; Ballgowns and Tuxedoes would be considered appropriate.

Are you going this season?

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Yes. That's correct. It's always been formal. I am answering the question for those people who I see googling for an answer. The Zulu Club requires formal attire, and it is after all, "a ball."

However, I've noticed that they don't keep out men who don't have on tuxes. Maybe they've lost some control by charging for tickets (which say formal attire, but I think some people today don't know what that means). Just imagine the fight at the door some dudes would put up if you told them in front of their dates, "We can't let you in. You're not in a tux. That's a Sunday suit." :-)

I plan to go. I told my cousin that I'll go with her, and that means it's time to buy a new gown. I'll be hunting for a sale.

Thank you, CC.

cjanderson40 said...

What is the date of the 2012 Zulu Ball?

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

@CJ February 17th.

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

And here is a schedule that seems to be correct but tentative: Zulu Schedule.

Coy said...

When do tickets go on sale for the ball and who do I contact if I am interested in attending the Zulu Ball?Are there sponsorship opportunities? You can email me if you choose not to disclose this info on the blog.

Thanks In Advanced,
Coy

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Hi, Coy. I suggest you contact the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club at this link, contact Zulu for information about how to get an invitation or a ticket. Or maybe someone at the Zulu Memorabilia Store can help.

ROY said...

HEY,
WANTED TO KNOW DID THEY GIVE FINAL WORD ON WHO WAS PERFORMING LAST I HEARD IT WAS CHARLIE WILSON AND CAMEO..... BUT CAN NEVER GET ANYONE ON THE PHONE.
THANKS :)

Anonymous said...

Need tickets, two seats just opened up at my table (food and drinks included) send email to mizzrhadia@yahoo.com