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The Colonial Ball

The South Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution holds its Colonial Ball with Debutante Presentation biannually.  The Colonial Ball was organized in 1976 in part to celebrate the Bicentennial Anniversary of the founding of our country and our shared heritage. Each debutante presented is a direct descendant of a patriot, or patriots, who fought in or supported the American Revolution. 


The pomp and circumstance with Citadel Cadets, a piper, a live band, beautiful debutantes dressed in white with handsome escorts dressed in tails, and a great dinner deliver an extravagant feast for the eyes, ears and palate, not to be missed. For a debutante to be presented, she must be 17 years of age by the date of the ball. 

The Colonial Ball is a grand affair and past debutantes and attendees rave about a most memorable experience. The Ball opens with the Presentation of Colors by a Color Guard of Citadel Cadets followed by the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem. Then, walking the length of the extensive ballroom in white ballgowns accompanied by white tie presenters and floating through an arch of swords presented by Citadel Cadets in full dress uniforms, each debutante made a formal curtsy and was seated at the front of the ballroom by her escort. Harp music accompanied the formal presentation.  Afterward, the debutantes exited with their escorts to the rousing chords of “Scotland the Brave” played by a talented bagpiper.


Credits:  The Palmetto Patriot &

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