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14Merrilville3aaMerrillville, IN is the place to see and be seen.  Well, the seeing isn’t so much, haha, but to be seen, 14Merrilville3bdefinitely.  Especially if you get to participate in the royal pageantry at the Radisson’s Mardi Gras.  Who knew, Merrillville, IN!

I did this event last year and was called back again. This is a bash to honor all the people at the Methodist Hospital who raised gobs of money for the institution.  The folks who bring in the most get to be king and queen, with crowns and golden trains several yards long.  They are followed by princes in cutaways and white tie, and princesses, with coronets and cover-up-girl-you’ll-catch-a-cold decolletage.

14MerrilvilleRoyalsThis is the most elaborate event I do all year, verily.  Light fixtures and plants—all in the most exotic balloon shapes imaginable.  Even a castle wall made out of balloons!  Next year, I expect to see a draw bridge made of balloons.

14MerrilvilleRafaelAThe best part, of course, is the people, all game for anything.  You can tell, by the expanse of flesh I show 14MerrilvilleRafaelBin my drawings of them.  I drew twenty-six people in full color, in three hours and with much jovial conversation.  Thank you again, Rafael! And next year I just may put pants on you.  May!  It can go both ways, you know.

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It was the third Mardi Gras for the Methodist Hospital of Merrillville. As soon as I walked in I though, “hmmm, this is an extravaganza.”  What else could you call it, when you see jugglers, magicians, acrobats, fortune tellers, caricaturists, a photographer, a photo booth, a fantastic balloon twister and a stilt walker with a stove pipe hat that must have been 16” high.  That’s just the hat.  The whole figure, dressed in formal black, must have been twelve or thirteen feet high.  Large balloons constructions in green, purple and gold were hanging from the ceiling. And then the guests:  long gowns, glitter, tuxes and the occasional fancy historic reference.  Best of all, in the Mardi Gras tradition, a king and queen with glittering gold trains about twenty feet long, made a grand entrance and strode up to the stage where they were honored for the volunteer work they had done in the past year.  They were followed by a retinue of other volunteers two of whom would then be voted for this honorary office for the coming year. The festivities honored people who worked beyond the call of duty.  Very impressive!!  Thank you, Rafael!

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At this event, I was set up next to an extraordinary balloon twister and face painter, named Miss Pam.  I recommend her highly.   www.Miss-Pam.com.    MissPam@pamelasdesigns.com.    She works in the Chicago & Northwest Indiana Areas.

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