Krewe of Baloo Mardi Gras

This was the third time that I have gotten the chance to cover this raucous event for the Krewe of Baloo. They are some of the nicest, most down-to-earth people I know, and they really know how to have a good time. Music, dancing, body painting, aerial acrobats, a costume contest, and a parade…this party had it all!© Peter Heacox© Peter Heacox© Peter Heacox© Peter Heacox© Peter Heacox© Peter Heacox© Peter HeacoxI set up a portrait station with a white background to make the colorful costumes really pop…here are some of my favorites.© Peter Heacox© Peter Heacox© Peter Heacox© Peter Heacox

Jeff and April, the King and Queen of the night.

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CSU Confucius Institute Dedication Dinner

Recently, CSU was named a Confucius Institute, joining more than 400 others the world over and becoming one of 90 in the USA.  I was asked to cover the dedication dinner at Fort Collins Country Club where former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and CSU President Tony Frank spoke to those in attendance.

The keynote speaker and distinguished guest was Chinese Vice Minister XU Lin who is the director of all Confucius Institutes around the world.  Apparently she is one of the highest ranking Chinese official to visit northern Colorado.

What is a Confucius Institute?

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The Krewe of Baloo’s 6th Annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball & Parade

I was invited back by the Krewe to cover their 6th Annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball that was held this year at Denver’s Gothic Theater.  It was an awesome night complete with burlesque dancers, a parade, a great zydeco band called the Tony Trahan and the Blue Krewe, and a bunch of people out to have a great time and donate to a couple of charities sponsored by the Krewe of Baloo.  I set up a photo booth of sorts with a white background to show off the colorful costumes and then covered the rest of the event like a news story.  Here are some of my favorites from the night…scroll to the bottom for a link to the other photos.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulet!

A huge thanks goes out to my assistant Sam Noblett for all of his help!

Check out the rest of the photos here.

Krewe of Baloo’s 2011 Mardi Gras Charity Ball & Parade

Sometimes being a photographer can be a real drag and sometimes it can be the most enjoyable job out there…this was definitely the latter.

I was hired by a non-profit group to photograph their Mardi Gras party at the Oriental Theater in Denver, and I did so pro-bono as a way to give back.  The only thing I asked of the group was that I be allowed to set up a portrait station and charge people a nominal fee to have their photo taken against a white backdrop.  Everything went incredibly well and I can’t wait to work with the Krewe of Baloo again.