The annual King’s Ball, originally held to celebrate twelfth-night, is just another of Ste Genevieve’s old French settlers’ traditions that has been celebrated annually for over 250 years. Each year a king to represent Ste. Genevieve for the year is selected by finding
a secreted item hidden in the King’s Cake. During Leap Years, ladies have the opportunity to be crowned queen. Attendees are encouraged to dress in French Colonial attire and participate in the traditional music and dance. In addition, some guests dress their tables with a candelabrum, table clothes, wine glasses and buffets of food. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve.