Beads For Less on Pinhook presents Krewe de Bayou's VooDoo Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball January 29, 2016 at LaMarquise in Lafayette, La.  King Samedi is Dwight Prudhomme and Jenny Krueger is Queen Marie Laveau.  Let's take a look at this amazing Ball for the people, the real Queen of New Orleans, a song made a hit by a legendary country music artist in the '70's and how all of these are connected.

Last year, the Red Hot Mardi Gras Ball was a huge hit.  This year the name is VooDoo Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball and the celebration will be even bigger.  It's very hard to say the word 'voodoo' and not think of Marie Laveau, the most mysteriously misunderstood Cajun voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

This year's Queen of the Krewe de Bayou Ball is Queen Marie Laveau Jenny Krueger.  But the real Marie Laveau is a bit more famous when it comes to Louisiana voodoo folklore.

Laveau remains a mystery to this day, even where her body is buried is a mystery.  There is a cemetery in walking distance of the French Quarter with a grave celebrated as a memorial for Laveau.  People from all over the world leave gifts for her.  But that's not where her body is.  Oh her body is the cemetery, just not in that tomb.  That monument is pretty and white and NEW!  The real resting place of Marie Laveau is much older.  There are two other tombs in  Saint Louis Cemetery that locals claim contain her remains.  You will know them by all the markings and money people have left.  Which one, is a mystery.  But it's not the new one in the front of the cemetery the city wants you to believe it is.

Marie Laveau was not an evil lady as reported.  Contrary to popular belief, Laveau was a great christian lady that helped others.

Folklore has Marie Laveau as a voodoo Queen that never aged.  People thought she was a witch, because she never aged.  They would see her around and she appeared to never got old.  Like all of us, she did indeed get old.  So much so that she had to send her sister into town to shop for the family after her health failed.  The sister looked so much like Marie, they thought it was.

In the 1970's, country music singer Bobby Bare performed a song that became a big hit for him.  Called 'Marie Laveau', it was a song about a Cajun Queen down in Louisiana where 'the dark trees grow'.  It remains a song that is a favorite around the world during Halloween.

The Krewe de Bayou VooDoo Masquerade Mardi Gras Ball may not be as intriguing as the legend that is Marie Laveau, but it sure will be a big parade of fun with The Bucktown All-Stars live on stage.  Get your tickets now!

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