Annual Special Event
Sainte Genevieve’s King’s Ball

Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

February, 2020


Location: VFW Hall, 852 Memorial Drive, Sainte Genevieve, MO

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2018

Times: 7 pm - Midnight

Description: During the 18th century in Upper Louisiana, New France, the French settlers looked forward to the time of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night. This was the time when the King’s ball or Bal de Roi was traditionally held to close out the Christmas season. The Ball was the most formal social event of the year and all the townspeople were invited to attend this celebration of singing, dancing, and just as in years gone by, all are invited to join in the merriment. Guests are welcome to bring a basket of snacks for their enjoyment and there will be a cash bar for refreshments.

Everyone is encouraged but not required to dress in French Colonial costumes. There will be live music and instructions in traditional dance. Persons of all ages can participate as this dance is a family affair.

All ladies present will be treated to piece of La Galette des Reine (Queen’s Cake) and the lucky lady who finds a special charm in her piece will be crowned Queen of the Ball. The Queen will select her King and together they reign over the Ste. Genevieve festivities throughout the year. Special attendants will also be selected to assist the Queen and King. In recent years, the honorary titles of La Dame or Le Chevalier of Ste. Genevieve have been awarded to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the local community
. Proceeds from the Queens’s Ball benefit the Sainte Genevieve Museum.

On leap years Sainte Genevieve honors its historic French culture with a Queen’s Ball instead of the King's Ball.


For more information call 573-883-2099

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