The Mayor’s Ball was one of this year’s most anticipated social events. Hosted by the Mardi Gras Foundation in the Rotunda of St. Louis City Hall, this black-tie gala featured food, cocktails, dancing, and spectacular entertainment by the Funky Butt Brass Band. Mayor’s Ball proceeds benefit the Mardi Gras Foundation, which has made community grants to improve Soulard and downtown since 2003. Founded in 2002, the Mardi Gras Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 that raises money to provide Community Improvement Grants to the Soulard Neighborhood, which has hosted Soulard Mardi Gras since 1980, and to downtown St. Louis. The Foundation also supports the efforts of Mardi Gras, Inc. (MGI), which produces Soulard Mardi Gras, by funding public safety, clean-up and other efforts related to larger MGI events.