An ‘Only in New Orleans’ Experience

Friday, February 9th at 10 a.m. at the hotel’s front entrance on 300 Bourbon Street

Royal Sonesta New Orleans will host its annual “Greasing of the Poles” at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. The public is invited to gather at the main entrance of the recently renovated hotel at 300 Bourbon Street to view the Mardi Gras spectacle.

Now in its 48th year, “Greasing of the Poles” has earned its place in Crescent City history as a landmark experience, and is considered by many as the French Quarter’s official kickoff to Mardi Gras weekend. Royal Sonesta New Orleans, which recently completed a significant renovation of not only its guest rooms and suites, but also its Grand Ballroom space, originated the ritual of greasing the building’s support poles as a practical means to deter overzealous revelers from shimmying up to the coveted balcony space. Nearly five decades later, the practice has evolved into a star-studded and music-filled event, even spawning its own international fan club that faithfully hails from Switzerland each year to participate.

Greasing the landmark hotel’s poles will be a cultural cross selection of contestants representing the distinctive character of New Orleans. Greasing contestants will go head to head for the namesake task, each vying for the first-place title based on the judging panel’s scores. Contestants will also have the chance to win the coveted “People’s Choice” award, based on crowd participation, response and applause.

Greasing of the Poles is free and open to the public. For prime viewing, spectators should plan to arrive early.

WHO: Royal Sonesta New Orleans
WHAT: 48th Annual Greasing of the Poles
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: 300 Bourbon Street
WHY: This is an ‘only in New Orleans’ experience not to be missed.




Photos from past Greasing of the Poles: