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Get ready to Blush as the Pussyfooters lace up and

step out to ‘Party With a Purpose’

Blush Ball 2016 to be the biggest yet for the iconic all-women’s marching group

NEW ORLEANS The Pussyfooters all-female marching group will be the first to admit it doesn’t take much to get them dancing in the streets. So when you combine a good party with a good purpose, well, let’s just say it’s on with the Blush Ball—a Party with a Purpose 2016!

Slated for Friday, Jan. 15 at Generations Hall in New Orleans, Blush Ball 2016 promises to be bigger and bolder than ever, and proceeds once again go to benefit Metropolitan Center for Women and Children. The theme of this year’s Party with a Purpose is “Are You Blushing?” and the evening’s entertainment lineup is sure to make you blush. Live music by The Soul Rebels headlines the event along with DJ Ronnie Roux, MC Fresh Johnson and, of course, special performances by the Pussyfooters. Fabulous prizes will also be raffled and available for bidding in a silent auction.

The iconic Pussyfooters are 100-plus members strong, all women over 30, parading in their trademark pink plumage and corsets in nearly 50 parades, fundraisers and special events year round. The annual Blush Ball is their signature event having raised more than $90,000 for Metro Center in the past five years.

The Blush Ball is a well-attended costume party that embodies the energy and passion of this dynamic group of women. Founded in New Orleans in 2001, it’s safe to say the Pussyfooters led the way for the recent boom in women’s (and men’s) dance groups. But the ladies are quick to point out they were not the first—they got their inspiration from the original women of New Orleans’ unique parading and second line culture.

Before they lace up their signature white Doc Marten boots and hit the streets as the pink glittery army, the women of the Pussyfooters represent a variety of professions, body types, ethnicities and ages. The Pussyfooters are doctors, teachers, attorneys, artists, engineers, writers, accountants, entrepreneurs, mothers, aunties, sisters, wives, grandmothers and more.

The Pussyfooters’ support for Metro Center for Women and Children was a natural fit for this group that encourages empowerment, self-confidence and sisterhood. But make no mistake — they have a good time doing it. The Pussyfooters’ motto is: We are Majorettes from the Mothership sent here to help the party people get their groove on!”

And the party people will no doubt be gettin’ their groove on Jan. 15 at Generations Hall!

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Blush Ball – a Party with a Purpose 2016 is Jan. 15, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans, LA. The signature event hosted by the Pussyfooters all-female marching group is a fundraiser for Metropolitan Center for Women & Children (www.mcwcgno.org). Advance tickets are $40 general admission and $60 for the Patron Party from 8-9 p.m., A limited number of VIP tables are available. Tickets are now available at www.blushball.org, through any Pussyfooters member, and at Miss Claudia’s on Magazine Street. For more information about the Pussyfooters, visit www.pussyfooters.org.

Group photo of the Pussyfooters Blush Ball 2015. Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer.

Group photo of the Pussyfooters Blush Ball 2015. Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer.

Presentation of the Big Check Blush Ball 2015. Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer.

Presentation of the Big Check Blush Ball 2015. Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer.

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