The Krewe of Atlas held their Grand Bal IX “Cirque du Atlas Macabre” at the Shreveport Convention Center. The saga continued from the coronation where the circus train wrecked and the performers (Royals) were scattered. Captain Brett Burdges and Co-Captain John Pumilio emerged from the wreckage showing a darker side of the circus. The royals arrived; each one more grim than the last, until Queen Tracy Mendels appeared dressed in a luminous rainbow collar piece. Regal King Ray Pliler followed bringing back merriment to his court.