Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Greasing of the Poles 2012 featuring the Pussyfooters


Join Us for the 43rd Annual Greasing of the Poles
Friday, February 8, 2013
10:00 a.m.
in front of the Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon Street


The Royal Sonesta Hotel organized this long standing tradition of greasing the support poles as a means to deter over-zealous revelers from shimmying up to the coveted balcony space above.

"This popular Mardi Gras event has evolved into one of the most unique carnival displays of the season and is a popular must-see for locals and visitors " explains Alfred Groos, President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Royal Sonesta Hotel's main entrance with a brass band to get things rolling in the Carnival spirit. The King and Queen of Zulu are in attendance as well as local dignitaries and special guests. The actual Greasing is a competitive event where four celebrity greasers apply Vaseline to the wrought iron poles and creatively vie for top votes from our panel of judges.

A truly "only in New Orleans" experience.