Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum. Les Brigands de Lafitte held its masked ball at the Heymann Center, and as is tradition, ladies were lined up for days — some as early as 3 p.m. — for the honor of being called out for an evening dance with these pirate gentlemen. The January sunshine complimented the curbside champagne and many vowed to come even earlier next year. Focused on their fates and fur coats were Colleen McDaniel, Pam Stroup, Mary K. Hamilton, Carrie Foard, Ann Marie Hightower, Monique Gideon, Emily Kean and Rachel Blanchet. As for the men, t’names be secret. “I call this the chaos ball,” said one. Be that as it may, you won’t find happier guests anywhere. What we loved: Carrie Foard’s up-do, Southern gentleman Bill Humphries and Merilyn Crain barking orders at the women outside. Thar’s a lady who needs her own ship.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.