Young women in Paris are getting set to make their debut into society as the 2020 Debutantes Ball is just around the corner.
Traditionally described, a debutante or deb is a young woman of aristocratic or upper-class family background who has reached maturity and, as a new adult, comes out into society at a formal “debut” or possibly debutante ball.
Initially, the term meant the woman was old enough to be married, and part of the purpose of her coming out was to display her to eligible bachelors and their families with a view to marriage within a select circle. This tradition has been happening since the late 1700s with the first debutante ball in London and ending with the outbreak of World War I.
The Paris Debutante Facebook page announced before Christmas that their scholarship cotillion sign-up would be happening just after the new year.
Eligible participants must be seniors in high school and must attend one of the information sessions with a parent or guardian.
The information sessions will be held on Sat Jan 4 and Sat Jan 11 at noon. As well as Sunday, Jan 5, and Sunday, Jan 12 at 4 p.m. All sessions will be held at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, 758 2nd NE St. in Paris.
Inquirires can be made to Mrs. Stephanie Lee, Paris Debs President on 903-249-3774 or Mrs Mary Mims, Vice-Prsident on 903-272-6905.