IT WILL be no boys' night out but the annual debutante balls that have maintained a strong tradition in Gympie are these days just as much about the young men who participate in them as the young women.
When the Catholic Presentation Ball takes place next month at the Gympie Civic Centre, there will be 21 teenage males just as nervous, dressed up, polished and drilled for the important social occasion as the 21 teenage girls they will be partnering.
There will be no "debutantes" as such, but 42 presentees, young men and women stepping out into society - symbolically at least - for the first time.
These are modern men and women and they give each other equal standing.
The four presentees who hammed it up for our front page photo yesterday (dressed courtesy of Goldburgs Menswear) couldn't agree more.
Originally, making her debut meant a young woman was eligible to marry, and part of the purpose of the ball was to display her to eligible bachelors and their families with a view to marriage within the upper class.
This is obviously no longer the case, though a great deal of ceremony and tradition still infuses the event.
The Catholic Presentation Ball will be held on June 22, and the Cooloola Deb Ball will be held (also in the Civic Centre) on August 31.