St. Peter Catholic Church will host its 20th annual Mardi Gras Ball from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the gymnasium, located at 15th Avenue and State Street.

St. Peter Catholic Church will host its 20th annual Mardi Gras Ball from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the gymnasium, located at 15th Avenue and State Street.

Mardi Gras is the last chance for revelry before Lent. Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, refers to the whole carnival season dating back to 1837 when the first street parade took place.

The theme for the ball is “Midnight Masquerade XX.” It is being hosted by the Altar and Rosary Society.

Michael Martin and Jeanette Nelson, the reigning Mardi Gras king and queen, will crown Linda and Richard Richardson for 2013. Rose and Houston Martin will be crowned the 2013 prince and princess.

Linda Richardson is a registered nurse at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Richard is retired from the U.S. Army National Guard.

Rose Martin is principal at Coleman Intermediate School, while Houston is a retired sergeant major from the U.S. Army National Guard.

All of the honorees are being recognized by the parishioners for their dedication and service to the church and the community.

The traditional cuisine of gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, punch, and King Cake will be served. Beads, doubloons, medallions, and souvenirs will be available at the festive affair, along with the traditional line dance.

Proceeds will benefit the church’s educational programs and activities. This is the 110th anniversary of the church’s existence in Pine Bluff.

The tickets for the ball are $20 each and may be obtained by contacting Mae Dean Ryles at 870-534-0725.

Rev. Anil Thomas is the pastor and Delois Thomas is the president of the Altar and Rosary Society.