Guests at the Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball dressed to impress. The costumes, music, decorations and dancing were festive and elaborate. The party, reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans, provided a taste of Mardi Gras – fine dining, dancing, entertainment – and it all supported a cause. Money raised goes toward community improvement grants for Soulard and Downtown St. Louis. Jazz music filled the room, and The Funky Butt Brass Band added to the mood. Fox 2's Katherine Hessel served as the event's emcee.