Mardi Gras Ball

Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball

Wednesday, Feb 19th • 7pm

Let the good times roll, or, laissez-les bons temps rouler! On Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m., LuLu’s Gulf Shores will host their annual Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball presented by Krewe De Lu Roux. Feast on a delicious Big Easy inspired buffet dinner featuring an open bar with select wine, beer and liquor at this all-inclusive event.

Guests will enjoy a festive evening with live entertainment bringing funk and Motown classics to the stage with ever popular Tip Tops. From Mobile, the Tip Tops are known for “bringing the house down” entertaining guests with the best dance songs of many genres. Dress is island elegance, anything goes from tuxedo t-shirts to full ball gown.

Lucy Buffett, restaurateur, and author commented, “LuLu’s is celebrating Mardi Gras the only way we know how…a real party! We’ve been hosting a Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball at our Gulf Shores restaurant for the past six years and it has grown into a highly anticipated, must go to event. LuLu’s will be closed to the public Tuesday, February 18th, and tickets are limited for the comfort and exclusivity of our guests.”    


2020 Mardi Gras Queen


We always hear how people can wear many hats but, this woman wears many crowns! Gloria Sims Crump is not only this year’s Queen of Birds of Paradise Ball but, she is also the Queen of Real Estate!

Gloria has been selling houses and condos along our beautiful, white beaches for 16 years now, all while being licensed at RE/MAX of Gulf Shores.

She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is an avid Roll Tide fan.

Gloria grew up in Selma, AL and her family has had a vacation home here since she was 10 years old.

She is always ready to hop on a boat and take a cruise around the area. She even spent one summer living on a boat at Zeke’s Marina.

A couple of other hobbies Gloria enjoys are playing golf and traveling.


2020 Mardi Gras King


Dr. Matt Akin has been an educator for over twenty-six years.  He and his wife Sandra have five kids:  Ty, Taylor, Trevor, Dylan, and Brett.  They have one granddaughter, Saylor Ann, and another grandchild due in August.


Dr. Akin served as the superintendent of the Piedmont City School District for the over thirteen years and was the superintendent of Huntsville City Schools before being selected superintendent of Gulf Shores City Schools.  He began his tenure as the first superintendent of Gulf Shores City Schools on June 1, 2018.


Dr. Akin has been named one of ten national “Tech Savvy Superintendents” by

e-School News and was also listed as one of “Twenty to Watch” in Educational Technology by the National Association of School Boards.  Most recently,  he was named by EdWeek as a national “Leader to Learn From.”   He currently serves as the president of the School Superintendents of Alabama.


The Mardi Gras Ball is a 21 and older event. Tickets are limited and the all-inclusive cost is $75 per person. Order on-line at, by telephone (251) 967-5858, or at the restaurant. LuLu’s is located in Gulf Shores under the ICW Bridge on HWY 59.