Band: 2nd annual Footmarchers’ Ball / 50th anniversary kick-off party
Date: Friday, Nov. 13 with doors at 7 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St.,
Tickets: $20 available through Eventbrite and at the door

Photo/ | Debauche

Photo/ | Debauche

Even though Joe Cain Day is still a few months away, the Joe Cain Marching Society is giving the Azalea City a taste of the Mardi Gras in November. This event will also be a kick-off party for the 50th anniversary of the Joe Cain Marching Society’s People’s Parade and will include an appearance by a “special guest.” Not only is the Footmarchers’ Ball one of the biggest parties of the year, this event has another goal — to help maintain the original concept of the Joe Cain Day Procession, according to Head Marcher Lillian Dean.

“The purpose of the Footmarchers’ Ball is to raise the monies needed to parade on Joe Cain Day each year so the participants do not have to pay anything to parade,” Dean said. “This is in keeping with the original intent of the People’s Parade, as intended by Joe Cain ‘hisself’ and Julian (Judy) Rayford, who started the present-day celebration.”

The evening will begin with a raucous second-line through the streets of LoDa, which will be led by Mobile’s Blow House Brass Band. These new-school masters of brass will blare the sounds of the Mardi Gras as the second-line arrives at Soul Kitchen. Blow House will continue its set as the crowd dances and enjoys food from The Blind Mule.

New Orleans band Debauche will be the headliner of the Footmarchers’ Ball. This band won over locals with a set at last year’s SouthSounds Music Festival. Described as a “Russian Mafia Band,” Debauche will fill its set with “gypsy punk, Russian street folk, klezmer, traditional Ukrainian and Balkan-inspired tunes.”

This will be a bal masque in the tradition of l’ancien régime. While it is not required, those attending are encouraged to come in costume and/or mask. However, organizers want people to attend in anything they find comfortable wearing for the evening.