Voodoo Carnival 2016 Report
February 6th, 2016 saw the sixth annual Voodoo Carnival – Mardi Gras Masquerade, and yet again the show continues to grow in size, quality, and fiendish fun!
Doors officially opened at 8PM, but eager masked revelers began to fill the Southgate House Revival’s lounge bar even earlier. The first wave of partiers were happy to just hang out while vendors set up their wares, sound checks went back and forth, and dance lights were put into place. The atmosphere was already charged with excitement and anticipation.
The night began with music in the Sanctuary stage from DJ V-RAL, and then at 9PM it was time for MC Aloysius Fox (myself) to formally open the 2016 Voodoo Carnival and introduce our opening band of the night, the modern ragtime of 1936 North American Heat Wave. During Heat Wave’s performance they were accompanied for one song by Circus Mojo who provided an acrobatic dance piece from five of the troupe that stunning and sexy.
Meanwhile on the Lounge stage the PoleKittens gave demos of dances and sensual moves learned and practiced in their studio, and upstairs in the Revival Room the NOIR dance began with DJ Doc Martin, and DJ Mike Wishnewski spinning a mix of 80’s alternative and classic goth tunes.
All through the night, revelers perused our eclectic mix of vendors and found some unexpectedly interesting purchases. Our Mardi Gras Voodoo Market included: Arcana Advising, Billy Tackett, Blue Flame Leather and Accessories, FiendishWear, Lenore’s Absinthery, Rustic Runes, Starlight Masks and Designs, Sylvan Creations, The Pandora Society Store, The PlunderDome, and Wicked Clever.
Around 10PM it was time for the Pickled Brothers Circus to take the main stage in the Sanctuary with their freaky sideshow delights. They were followed by the first of our costume contests, this round being best couple/group costume; some members of Horehounds burlesque judged this contest. There were five great entries, but the prize (tickets for the 2016 Midsummer Masquerade) went to Mike and Coleen Detzel who stole the show with Mike’s animated flaming top hot and shoulder pads!
Crimson Carnival were the next act to take the stage with a flapper inspired fusion of the Charleston and tribal belly dance, and then it was time to find the best dressed man costume. There were many entires for this round and it was tough choice for Blue Heron Trio‘s lead woman Elisha Frontz who was our judge for this contest; finally Elisha picked John Jaillet with his blue reptilian painted face and finely suit dressed swamp witch doctor ensemble.
Horehounds Burlesque took the Sanctuary stage and the audience by storm. The troupe barely left room on the main stage as they filled it with a complete live band, singer, and four dancers. For their first act they gave three dances and wowed the crowd with their playful sensuality. The best dressed woman costume contest followed and was judged by the chaps of 1936 North American Heat Wave it was an even more challenging choice than the men’s contest. After much deliberation, or just plain ogling, the band picked Ashley Potter for her classic jazz look and a 30’s hair style that apparently took three hours to arrange!
After the contest it was time for Blue Heron Trio to take the main stage and headline the night with their sultry jazz songs and big band swing. Many folks took to the dance floor before the stage to swing dance and the energy of the night reached its heights. The penultimate act of the night was another set from Horehounds Burlesque which included a hilarious skit that resulted in Santa Claus exposing his “cheeky” side!
DJ V-RAL eased us into the night and at the end of the night V-RAL eased us back out with dance music for the happy masked revelers.
A great night was had, and we look forward to seeing even more fabulous people and costumes next year at the 2017 Voodoo Carnival – Mardi Gras Masquerade on Saturday, February 18th, 2017!