// photos by Nicole Piper
Noche de Gala is the celebration of the 496th birthday of Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, the founder of the City of St. Augustine, on February 28 in the Lightner Museum ballroom. The black-tie masked ball, Noche de Gala, featured a cocktail reception and a four-course dinner. A full troupe of 16th-century revelers performing in the pool floor area, an open bar and dancing to a live band completed the festivities. Proceeds from the gala will be used for the restoration of the Lightner Museum.