For locals and krewe members, balls are a huge part of the Mardi Gras celebration and range from high society affairs to trippy raves. Most are not especially publicized and it can be next to impossible for outsiders to find tickets, but if you are able to score an invite don't hesitate to go—especially if its MoM's Ball, thrown by the Mystic Order of Misfits. It's basically a super secret drug-fueled rave on the West Bank on Saturday after Endymion. The theme of the event changes every year and if you don't show up in a crazy costume, the rule is you have to strip down and go naked. If you're looking for something a little more low-key and less of hassle to try to get into, try Orpheuscade. The black tie event is thrown by the Krewe of Orpheus, founded by NOLA native Harry Connick Jr. in 1993. It takes place on Lundi Gras and always features a great lineup of musical performers. It's also BYOB!