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THE ANNE RICE COVEN BALL PARTY REPORT

FRIDAY OCTOBER 27TH, 2000
THE STATE PALACE THEATER, NEW ORLEANS

Anne's famous VAMPIRE LESTAT FAN CLUB party moved to an historic Canal Street venue in 2000, and the crowd really rose to the challenge. We hadn't attended in the thirteen years prior, and really regretted it: this crowd was more dressed than any we've seen of late, DONE in numerous Anne, Lestat, Memnoch, Mayfair Witch, Talamasca and Vamp Chronicles incarnations. It's an amazing event whether you love dressing up as Memnoch for Halloween, or you're a full-time vamp. Some costumes looked as elaborate as Mardi Gras. The old vaudeville theater, slightly crumbling, was a perfect setting for all of those BIG costumes. The onstage performances included a voodoo ritual and a beautiful latenight set by The Changelings.

2007 UPDATE: THE JACKIE FACTORY was back in New Orleans for the 2007 LES TEMPS DES VAMPIRES (VAMPIRE LESTAT FAN CLUB BALL) "THE WITCHING HOUR", held on Halloween weekend at THE HOWLIN' WOLF. We had a great time at this 2008 edition, along with the ENDLESS NIGHT DAY OF THE DEAD Vampire Ball. If you are planning on attending either or both of these in 2011, better start working on those outfits soon!

At left: Paul Mercer of The Changelings fiddles wickedly onstage at the ball. Photo by Johnny Dynell.

Some of the beautiful guests at the party. showing the rich variety of costumed homage to Anne and her world(s). They brought Vampire and Romantic Gothic interpretations from far and near, including the vixenish TONYA from Louisiana (top far right,) BARON FRANK of Slimelight UK and NYC (in red bowler below left) and the elegant SALLY from Atlanta (below far right.) This explosion of Vampire style and Gothic creative costuming left us swooning!
All photos by Johnny Dynell


Check out our report on the 2002 Anne Rice Tribute Ball at CBGB's Gallery, NYC

Gothic Bride DIVA QUEEN DEBI and her groom TIM (center above) were just one of the many lovely couples at the event-
(Vampyres are rarely gender-precious)

Photo at Left: Good Night Ladies - The scene outside NOLA's State Palace Theatre at 2:30 AM.


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With text by CHI CHI VALENTI and photos by a revolving cast of photographers, these nightclub and event reports can be found on Mothernyc.com, Flickr, YouTube and The Motherboards NYC. They cover parties, large-scale events and spectacles of interest to a glamorous nocturnal audience worldwide.

Last updated 7/19/11