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247th Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Information page for the MARFORRES 247th Marine Corps Birthday Ball



Who:                Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces South

What:               Marine Corps Birthday Ball
                         •Guest of Honor: TBD

Where:             Caesars's Superdome
                         • 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans LA 70112

When:              Thursday, 10 November, 2022


Ticket Prices

  E-3 and  below


$65.00 (Active or Reserve)             

  E - 4/5


$75.00 (Active or Reserve)

  E - 6/8


$80.00 (Active or Reserve)

  E-9 & Above


$85.00 (Active and Reserve)

  All Other



Schedule of Events


  Doors Open/Reception


  All Bars Close and guests to seats 




  Dinner Served And Bars Re-Open


  Dancing and Entertainment by “DJ - TBD


  Ball Concludes

Ticket Sales:
Marine Corps Birthday Ball tickets will be available for sale starting 17 August, 2022 and ending on 1 October 2022 (contact your Ball Representative to purchase).

Military and civilian guests not assigned to this command can purchase tickets by calling Staff Sergeant Benjamin Conway at 504-697-8067 or by email at  Tickets can be purchased via cash, check or money order– if paying by check or money order, please make check payable to; “Marine Corps Ball Fund”.

First and Second ticket can be purchased at members rate; any additional ticket purchase will cost $90.00 per ticket.   


Buffet Style Menu

Salad:      Mesclun Mix, plum tomatoes, carrots and house-made croutons with Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entrée:    Blackened Breast of Chicken, Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Roasted  Fingerling Potatoes 

Vegan:    Baked Vegetable Terrine with Quinoa and Red Pepper Coulis, Oven Fresh Bake Bread

Vegetable Tray

Dessert:   White Frosted Sheet Cake

Freshly Brewed Coffee and Ice Tea

Cash Bars: $8 Cocktail Drinks/Wine/Domestic Beer/Import/Craft Beer

Bottle Water – $3.00

Sodas - hosted 

*Water and Tea provided on tables 


Dress Attire

- The Evening Mess Dress w/Mini Medals
- Blue Dress “A”  
Please keep in mind the uniform change for female Marines effective 1 October, 2022 (MARADMIN 596/18)

-Mess Dress w/ Mini Medals
-Service Dress Blue w/ Large Medals 

*Pregnant Marines and Sailors will wear the service maternity uniform if available. “Currently there is a shortage in obtaining the maternity uniform”, individuals who fall into this category may request a waiver to wear an Evening Gown.

*Any uniform waivers must be routed through the Chain of Command and submitted to the Commanding Officer, HQBN for final approval.  (MCO P1020.34G/OPNAVIST 6000.1C).  


Black Tie / Formal
Ladies:  Long Evening Gown (floor length)

Ladies shoe/heel restrictions:

This year, we have the privilege of holding our USMC Birthday Ball on the Saints football field at the Superdome! An incredible venue given to the Marines, by a very special donor!  However, there will be shoe restrictions because of the turf (a spongy plastic surface) that we MUST adhere to for safety and liability purposes.

Although high heeled shoes are very stylish for this type of occasion, we cannot stress enough, that high heeled shoes of any length, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE WORN to this year's ceremony.  Doing so may result in injury from twisted, sprained or broken ankles, as well as the heels create a liability of turf damage - which the Command is not willing to accept.

Flats, wedges, and chunky heels of 2" in height and at least a 2” heel/base or more are the ONLY acceptable shoes that may be worn to this occasion.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but you will not be admitted into the Superdome without a shoes inspection first. Bare feet will NOT be permitted.  Non-compliance will be DENIED entrance.

Shoe/heel restriction wavier:

Female Military Officers and SNCOs who have purchased tickets and planned to wear their Evening Dress or Mess Dress Blue Jackets to the 247th Marine Corps Birthday Ball NOLA Ceremony.

A waiver has been authorized for those who plan to wear the Evening Dress or Mess Dress uniform ONLY to a maximum heel allowance of 3 inch as prescribed by the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations.  If you do not plan to wear this uniform, you will abide by the current restriction previously published.  Please be aware that the Superdome has issued warnings and restriction for Shoe Heel due to Turf liabilities and high risk of foot injuries.  Please take extra precautions and care to ensure your safety on the evening of the ball while walking/dancing on the turf field during this event.    

Marine Corps Uniform Regulations: CH5 b. Black suede or fabric pumps will be worn with evening dress uniforms. Heels will measure from 1-1/2 inches to 3 inches in height. The base of the heel will measure from 3/8 by 3/8 inch to 1-1/4 by 1-1/3 inches.  MARADMIN 361/08. 

Other Notes:

*Marines are directed to change from Dress Blue “A”s to dress Blue “B”s if choosing to wear a uniform out in town before/after the ball; however, take extra precaution while traveling in areas known for crime.  Follow instructions provided by the MFR G3/G5 Threat, Enforcement and Safety Department. *

*Covers are optional, when traveling by foot from one of the local hotels*

*Age Limit: There is no age limit for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball Ceremony, however please keep in mind the ceremony has a few ceremonial solemn moments.  During these sensitive protocol phases, please do your best to ensure distractions are eliminated from the overall execution of the ball i.e. GOH/Color Guard moving, National Anthem, Marines Hymn, etc..


Caesars Superdome Bag Policy

Please note that the Superdome Bag Policy will be enforced for this event.  Small clutch bags, 6.5" x 4.5", with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium and are subject to search.

*An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the gate.

Prohibited items: include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and/or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Link:  Caesars Superdome Bag Policy


Prohibited Items

No Outside Alcohol Will Be Allowed
Individuals caught with outside alcohol will be escorted from the venue immediately and not allowed to return.

No Glass Containers 
Glass containers of any type will be allowed to enter the Superdome.

No Footballs
Footballs of any kind or size are prohibited. Individuals caught with a football whether; throwing, passing or dunking it will be escorted from the venue immediately and not allowed to return.


Hotel Room Information

Lodging for 2022 Marine Corps Birthday Ball has been reserved at the following 2 hotels:  

The Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome
330 Loyola Street, New Orleans LA 70112. 




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64 Total


Standard Single/Double Occupancy:  $136 + tax Special Parking: $25.00 per night

Making a Reservation:
1. Reservations can be made starting 17 August, 2022 by calling (800) 535-7830 and refer to group code MBB.
2. Use the Booking Link below to book online.

Booking Link  
*Link will not work on the MCEN


The Intercontinental New Orleans
444 St. Charles Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 




Total Rooms















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294 Total


Standard Single/Double Occupancy:  $136 + tax

Special Parking: $25.00 per night

Making a Reservation:

1. Reservations can be made starting 17 August, 2022 by calling (800)235-4670 and refer to group code Marine Corps Ball Committee
2. Use the Booking Link below to book online.

Booking Link:


Note:  The group rate for both hotels is only guaranteed until cutoff date of 22 October 2022, hotel reserves the right to release all other unreserved room for general sale if not being reserved.  Reserve as soon as possible. Both hotels have a 3-day Cancellation Policy. 

Superdome Event Parking:  $10.00  (overnight parking not available)



Portrait Photographers

Photos will be provided by New Orleans Event Photography, The Portrait Gallery (504) 394-7733.  Each person/couple photographed are responsible for the purchase of their own photographs. Anyone wishing to be photographed can do so at any of our multiple photography stations the night of the ball. All photographs will be sent to you via text or email for viewing allowing you the opportunity to order online. You will have the opportunity to choose from multiple backgrounds for each photo. A few of our packages include the following:


  1 – 8x0 
  3 – 5x7
  12 - wallets


  1 – 8x0
  2 – 5x7
  8 - wallets


  2 – 5x7
  4 - wallets


  1 – 8x10


  2 – 5x7

All orders will be placed online and will be mailed to you within days of ordering.  New this year – Holiday Cards and a variety of photo gifts. Also, Digital Files will be available for immediate download - price varies by resolution and package choice.  S&H and sales tax applied at time of online ordering.  All photos are to be paid for at the time of your sitting. Payment can be made by cash, check, or a major credit card.