Mardi Gras

Let the marathon begin! The Greasing of the Poles kicks off Mardi Gras weekend 2020

The grease kicks drunk revelers from climbing up the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel

The tradition of greasing down poles in the French Quarter to keep parade-goers from shimmying up hotel balconies turns 50 this year.

Known as the official kick off to Mardi Gras weekend, this event features Bryan Batt as host and includes appearances by Kenny Lopez from News with a Twist, last year’s winner Desiree Ontiveros; Miss New Orleans Pride 2020, Lana O’Day; Reagan Charleston Thomas of Southern Charm, musican Amanda Shaw, and renowned Big Easy burlesque dancer and performer, Trixie Minx.