June is one of my favorite times of year. There’s plenty of things to do around Denver and Boulder, the sun is usually shining and the last vestiges of Spring are behind us. It is also the time when the 1940s Ball holds their annual event at the city’s municipal airport and it is one of my most favorite events to be a part of. It’s the 11th anniversary for the ball and after three years of photographing the event, there are still new and exciting changes that keep things fresh.
The themed, costumed ball set at the end of World War 2 in the 1940s has everything one can dream of that places attendees right in the middle of the time period. There’s music and dancing, live bands, fighter planes and bombers, people dressed to the nines, drinking, eating, air raids, photos being taken, more dancing, some kissing, a tank, encampments, machine guns and even more dancing late into the early morning hours. Set in Paris, France, vendor and cafe backdrops line the festive Victory Street along with new impersonators such as Lucille Ball and Queen Elizabeth II.