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The Vampire's Masquerade Ball - well, it is what it sounds like. A Gothic/Industrial event, full of diversity, which is reflected by the varying costumes of the attendees - romantigoth, deathrock, fetish, industrial, Victorian, Edwardian, steampunk, and many more. The website states, "Using "vampire" in the name is meant to touch on dark romanticism and elegance, having an appreciation for all that we find beautiful in the gothic community. While this event is not put on by the vampyre community itself, to date they have been very supportive and are very welcome to attend."
The event debuted on June 7, 2002, at Portland's Gothic nightclub, the Back Room. From the first incarnation, club organizers Teri and Chris Hartgrove envisioned an annual event that would be a special occasion for regulars and newcomers alike. That night, resident DJ Faux Pas played to nearly 100 guests, and the success of the Ball ensured plans for the following year. On October 24, 2003, the Back Room again hosted the VMB with DJs Faux Pas, Inveigle, and Curatrix, and entertained a crowd of 200.
In November of 2004, the Back Room closed its doors, but the Vampire's Masquerade Ball was not forgotten. Teri and Chris turned the event over to Lady Raven, who re-created it on a much grander and more elegant scale. On March 12, 2005, Lady Raven presented the third VMB at the Scarlet Ballroom, with DJs Horrid and Curatrix, live performances, vendors, and 'an atmosphere of romantic decadence' that drew over 300 visitors from Portland, Seattle, and beyond.
Source: Vampire's Ball Gallery
The event is still running annually in Portland; it now boasts 800 guests each year. There is an enforced dress code, so do not pack your flip-flops. Highlights of this event include the beautiful chandelier-decorated ballroom at the Melody, where the event is still held, the array of fab DJs, and a midnight waltz in which the guests are encouraged to participate.