An enormous masked ball for the cityâ€™s elite was staged on Mardi Gras at Kramerâ€™s Studio and Dancing Academy, 1500 S. Figueroa.
The Times, in a rare bylined articleâ€”by Katherine Thompsonâ€”gives
an exhaustive account of decorations and costumes. Rather than list all the womenâ€™s outfits, Iâ€™ll only comment on them: Spanish senoritas, flower girls, cowboys and a couple of ladies dressed as Chinese girls, which seems a peculiar choice given the attitude toward the Chinese in Los Angeles at the time.
One woman dressed as â€œMy Lady Nicotineâ€Â her gown decorated with what The Times estimated, perhaps in exaggeration, as a thousand cigar bands. Several others were dressed as â€œNight.â€Â
Costumes for the men included cowboys or vaqueros, a Spanish grandee, a French pastry cook and a cardinal.
The other celebration underway was the first anniversary of the Hotel Alexandria, which marked the occasion with a massive fireworks display.
â€œAt 8 oâ€™clock last night, several thousand dollars worth of fireworks were set off from the roof of the Alexandria,â€Â The Times says. â€œOne particularly attractive piece pictured the great lobby of the building. During the evening a Hungarian quartette furnished music.â€Â
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