Based off of Venetian tradition, Celtic faeries and goblin lore, The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball opens up your mind to a world of fantasy and magic.
Designed in the Neo-Gothic style by renowned art deco architect Claud Beelman, the historic Park Plaza Hotel hosted indoor swimming events during the 1932 Summer Olympics and, unlike the landmarks surrounding it, managed to avoid getting torn down, keeping its "jazz age" grandeur. And for the 16th annual Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball, it is a place for creative people to get together and dazzle one another with their extravagant masks and costumes.
Upon walking in, I was immediately teleported into another realm; where steampunks show off their gadgets, nobles waltz in the ballrooms, and impish goblins harass the ever so graceful faeries. Being a newcomer to such an event, it's hard to not stand and stare in awe of everything going on around you.
While exploring the first floor I came across the Golden Room and the Bronze Room. The Golden Room is a bit quieter than the other ballrooms so if you're looking to chat it up with a knight or maybe a dark lord then look no further. Or maybe you would rather cut a rug with Peter Pan or Rufio? The DJ located in the Bronze Room will have your feet moving all night long. Both rooms lead to a courtyard known as the Water Temple where you are able to hear the sweet melodies of the enchanting faeries. Continuing up the ramp you will find the Goblin Encampments where the goblins are hard at work providing food (via food trucks) and various vendors are set up all around selling goods.
After tracking down my things because the zundri thought I should trade with the other patrons, I decided to have a look upstairs. Once reaching the top of the grand staircase a beautiful presentation by Firefly Path was on display showing their exquisite work.
The second floor holds two more ballrooms: the Royal Hall and the Clockwork Ballroom. Bands such as Alice lit up the Royal Hall creating more of a rock concert while the Clockwork Ballroom set a calming ambiance with musicians such as Sonya from Cosplay Piano.
As difficult as it is, you must move around or you'll miss out on some amazing attractions. Or at least that's how I felt. And I refused to miss anything about this incredibly captivating ball. You can't help but be pulled along with the other patrons and join in with their merriment. Because honestly, who doesn't like being an elf for a couple of nights a year?
Though the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball has passed for the year. You can catch it next year for its 17th annual celebration. For more information go to: http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/