Prairie du Rocher continues Twelfth Night Ball tradition

Waterloo High School students and friends have made the Twelfth Night Ball in Prairie du Rocher a “must go” event for some time now. Pictured, from left, are Alec Helm and Hannah Finnerty of Waterloo, Steven Placht of Affton, Mo., Mary Deterding and Celiene Gonzalez of Red Bud, Nathan Wilson, Kaleigh Dickneite and Madison Bidwell of Waterloo, Veronica Steibel of Prairie du Rocher, Micheala Finnerty of Waterloo, and Genevieve Pacheco of Austin, Texas, who attends college in St. Louis. (Alan Dooley photos)

The pre-colonial tradition of celebrating the Twelfth Night of Christmas was observed Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Prairie du Rocher — a couple of weekends later than originally planned due to the fierce winter storm that swept through earlier this month.

Many were decked out in period costumes representing the spectrum of early Americans who lived in the region from the late 1600s until after the Revolutionary War.

The Twelfth Night Ball featured dancing, eating and drinking before culminating in the selection of a new king, queen and court to reign until the celebration returns in 2015.

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Alan Dooley

Alan is a photojournalist -- he both shoots pictures and writes for the R-T. A 31-year Navy vet, he has lived worldwide, but with his wife Sherry, calls a rambling house south of Waterloo home. Alan counts astronomy as a hobby and is fascinated by just about everything scientific.
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