part of Mardi Gras most people don't get to see has to do with the bal
masque, better known as the Carnival Ball, held during the Carnival
season. These are lavish, invitation-only affairs for members of the
Krewes and the Social Elite of New Orleans. The Carnival season
officially begins on January 6th, which is Twelfth Night, the Feast of
the Epiphany. Twelfth Night is the date that marks the end of the
Christmas season and the beginning of the countdown to Lent.