Each year, the Grand Krewe of Ptolemy hosts a wide variety of events, from our annual Poker Run fundraiser in the Fall to our elegant Coronation ball each Spring. Below is a summary of our annual events as well as a past invitation for some. To see what events we have coming up, visit the "Upcoming Events" page.
ANNUAL FALL FUNDRAISING EVENT
The Grand Krewe of Ptolemy has been hosting its (in)famous Poker Run since 2005, and it has always been a crowd favorite. In fact, in 2006 we raised nearly $10,000 for our Carnival Children's Charity at only our second annual Run. We've continued this fun tradition and introduced Krewe and Carnival members to a wide array of stops along world-famous Beale Street, the Main Street Mall, the Pinch District, South Main Arts District and Overton Square.
The Poker Run begins at "home base" where participants receive a playing card and a clue to the next stop. Participants wind their way through 3 more stops, ending the Run with a full hand of cards. Winners are chosen according to best hand with prizes awarded. This year, we also had a Raffle & Silent Auction to raise extra money for the Carnival Children's Charities.
ANNUAL FALL SOCIAL EVENT
With themes like Coyote Ugly, TV Land, Reality Comes to Hollywood, and Legends of the Silver Screen, the Ptolemy Fall Party never fails to bring the best and most creative costume ideas from our members and guests. The Coyote Ugly edition in 2005 was rated by Maxim Magazine as one of the best parties in the Southeast, and each year it just keeps getting bigger and better with locations including the Tennessee Brewery, High Point Pinch, the Cadre Building and Raiford's Hollywood Disco. Wild costumes, flowing beverages and danceworthy tunes make this the premier party in Memphis each fall.
MONTHLY SOCIAL AND NETWORKING EVENTS
Hosted at different locations all around Memphis, Ptolemy's monthly Happy Hours give members and guests a chance to relax and catch up. We typically rotate between Downtown, Midtown and East Memphis locations - you may just find a new favorite watering hole! Attendance is always casual and open to non-members as well.
ANNUAL WINTER SOCIAL EVENT
Just what it sounds like: Ptolemy's annual Christmas party serves to gather our members together for some holiday spirit. (And spirits, of course!) This is also the last opportunity for members to vote for duchess candidates for the upcoming Carnival season.
LIBERTY BOWL PARADE
END OF THE YEAR EVENT
The first of our two parades, come out and celebrate the end of the year as the fans of two college teams competing in the Liberty Bowl line Beale Street for our team colored beads and candy. Always a load of fun.
NEW MEMBER RECOGNITION EVENT
Our annual event where new members receive their medallions and are formally introduced to the rest of the Krewe. This festive evening has been has been held at various fun venues across town including Annesdale Mansion, Metro 67, Dixon Hughes Pavillion, Askew Nixon Architects to name a few.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
The annual Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day parade happens on the Saturday nearest to the actual holiday. Our grand krewe annually has a large float full of members and royalty heaving beads and candy to the crowd of onlookers lined up and down Beale Street. The beads and beer are green, and it’s a fun time for kids and big kids, alike
BLACK TIE EVENT
Our annual coronation of the new King, Queen and Duchesses of Ptolemy. This is a black tie event where members, friends, family and other Carnival Krewes come out to celebrate the unveiling of the new Ptolemy court that is typically held at the Memphis University Club
June Event to kick off Carnival week
Our annual tradition to kick off Carnival week is our member party followed by heading over to the Hunt & Polo Club for the Princess Ball. A fun night for all.
June Carnival week
Always one of the more anticipated parties of Carnival week, Ptolemy puts on a show with a fabulous costume party planned by former royalty. Recent themes have been Under the Big Top, Pre-historic, Western Saloon, Toga, Second Chance Prom...
Ptolemy Annual Meeting
Our annual meeting to announce the new Board and plan for the upcoming year.