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Dads, daughters to spend 'Evening in Paris'

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Because the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance is part of Detroit Lakes' annual Polar Fest celebration, mascot Polar Pete can usually be found hanging out with the little girls and their dads during the Grand March. This year's dance is set for Friday, Feb. 8. (Submitted photo)2 / 6
The Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance, set this year for Friday, Feb. 8, is an opportunity for little girls to enjoy a little one-on-one attention from the special men in their lives, be it their dad, granddad, uncle or a special family friend. (Submitted photo)3 / 6
It's an exciting moment when the girls lead their dads, granddads, uncles and special friends out for some fun on the dance floor during the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance, which is set to take place this year on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Historic Holmes Theatre. (Submitted photo)4 / 6
Dancing in the Holmes Ballroom is always a part of the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance festivities, which take place this year on Friday, Feb. 8. (Submitted photo)5 / 6
Polar Fest mascot Polar Pete is a familiar sight at the annual Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance, which takes place this year on Friday, Feb. 8, starting with the Grand March at 6 p.m. (Submitted photo)6 / 6

"Our theme this year is 'An Evening in Paris,'" said the theater's director, Amy Stoller Stearns — and that theme will be front and center for the event's kickoff, the Grand March, which gets underway promptly at 6 p.m.

"The stage will be set up to resemble a Parisian park, with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop," she added.

There will once again be two lines for the march, at each end of the stage, which helps expedite the process, as each dad-and-daughter pair is announced and walks across the stage to pose for photographs.

The Grand March is the only part of the evening that is open to the public — moms, sisters and other family members are invited to come and take photos of their loved ones. The rest of the night is reserved just for these "little sweethearts" and the special men in their lives, whether that person is their dad, granddad, older brother, uncle, cousin or friend of the family.

After the Grand March is over, the young women and their escorts will be invited to adjourn to the Holmes Ballroom for a night of Parisian-themed festivities, including food — catered by La Barista — and two different craft activities, along with dancing to the music of a professional deejay.

If they wish to have a permanent memento of the event, a professional photographer will be set up in a 'photo booth,' where dads and daughters can pose for an official photo (there is a small extra charge involved). There will also be beverages and snacks available, though these will primarily consist of "finger foods and desserts," Stearns said.

Though tickets for the dance can be purchased at any time prior to the Grand March on Feb. 8, there is a special discount offered to "early birds," she noted.

"This weekend, tickets are still priced at $10 for daughters and $15 for dads, and you can also purchase an optional 'princess package' for $35," Stearns said, adding that while the box office won't be open, tickets and princess packages can always be purchased online at www.dlccc.org/holmes.html.

The "princess package" includes one youth admission ticket, a tiara, a stuffed animal — this year's selection is a "pink Parisian poodle," she said with a laugh — and other French-themed goodies.

"On Monday, Feb. 4, the ticket price will go up to $15 for daughters and $20 for dads," Stearns said. "The 'princess package' will also go up, from $35 to $40."

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call the Holmes Theatre at 218-844-7469, visit the website at, or stop by the Holmes Box Office at 826 Summit Ave.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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