The Virtual Show Will Go On with Annual Greasing of the Poles Reimagined

Friday, February 12th at 10 a.m. Virtual Event

Royal Sonesta New Orleans will host its annual “Greasing of the Poles” at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 as a virtual event, with audiences invited to join the revelry via a watch party on the hotel’s Facebook page.  This year’s theme, “Mardi Gras MASKerade,” incorporates the importance of safety into an event made famous by irreverent, audacious performances. A cultural cross selection of contestants representing the distinct character of New Orleans will compete for the coveted title of 2021 Greasing Champion, showing off their talents for virtual audiences from around the world. 

Contestants will go head-to-head and pole-to-pole for the namesake task, each vying for the first-place title of 2021 Greasing Champion based on the judging panel’s scores. Watch party viewers who tune in to the virtual event via the hotel’s Facebook page @royalsonestaNO can cast their votes for the “People’s Choice” award by submitting the name of their favorite Greaser in the comment section at any time during the live stream.  In honor of this year’s Mardi Gras MASKerade safety theme, additional titles will be awarded by the judges to the Greasers who show off their best “Safe But Not Safe For Work” and “Sanitized But Not Clean” performance skills.

Greasing of the Poles is considered by many to be the French Quarter’s official kickoff to Mardi Gras weekend. Royal Sonesta New Orleans 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. Over half a century later, the practice has evolved into a star-studded and music-filled event, even spawning its own international fan club that will be joining this year’s virtual celebration from their home country of Switzerland.

Mardi Gras MASKerade keeps traditions alive with the 51st Annual Greasing of the Poles, reimagined as a virtual, safe celebration hosted by Royal Sonesta New Orleans!


WHO: Royal Sonesta New Orleans
WHAT: 51st Annual Greasing of the Poles
WHEN: Friday, February 12th at 10 a.m.

Via Facebook watch party (@royalsonestaNO)


Mardi Gras MASKerade ensures the show will go on, safely!


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Follow #Greasing2021 and #MGMASKerade2021 hashtags on social media


Photos from past Greasing of the Poles: