Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The New Orleans Advocate.

Events featured in this edition:

Bal du Blanche: In its yearly mission to foster the heritage and spectacular traditions of gay Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Armeinius presented the Bal du Blanche at the Sigur Civic Center in St. Bernard. It was the first time Armeinius has opened its ball to newspaper coverage. The krewe is celebrating its 47th year.

Housewarming Voodoo: Freshly arrived from Washington, D.C., writer Daniel Oakley welcomed friends and neighbors to a housewarming, Valentine’s Day and “Voodoo Vagrancy” party, all wrapped up in one festive downtown gathering.