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March 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

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Mardi Gras, Burlesque style


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Carrole Johnson, known as "Cirquesse" on stage, lines her lips for a Mardi Gras burlesque show at the Highline Bar in Capitol Hill, Seattle, Sunday March 2, 2014.

Beads were flying as Mardi Gras took a burlesque turn Sunday at the Highline Bar in Capitol Hill. The show was organized by Bella Luna, a local burlesque performer and belly dancer, whose family has deep ties to the south. She noticed a dearth of Mardi Gras celebrations in Seattle and wanted to import some of the festivities. "I love New Orleans. My heart is in New Orleans," she said. The performers used some of the themes surrounding the celebration, booze, beads and a bit of voodoo. "We're calling it "Southern Discomfort," she said with a laugh.



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Burlesque performer Vera Vice of Seattle waits for the music to cue for her "Demons and Debauchery" routine.

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Seattle burlesque artist Morgue Anne performs "House of the Rising Sun" with feather fans for effect.

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"Machete Confetti" throws beads as she hula hoops.

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Zee Parker, known by her stage name as "Delicka Zee" pulls a long glove off with her teeth in a vampire routine.

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Carrole Johnson, known as "Cirquesse" on stage, carries a train of feathers for the final act.

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Garrett Dahlgren lights up a smoke outside the Highline. Dressed in a top hat and painted as a skeleton, he was going for the likeness of Baron Samedi, or what he called "voodoo Satan."

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Bella Luna, a burlesque performer and belly dancer in Seattle, turns into New Orleans voodoo legend Marie Laveau. She organized the show as Atropa Productions.

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Zee Parker, known by her stage name as "Delicka Zee" looks out the window to Broadway while getting ready. It was her fourth time performing burlesque, and she admitted she still gets nervous. "I've always loved performing," she said. "The burlesque community here is great. Super supportive."

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Lazarus Darkwinter of Seattle takes in the show.

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