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PHOTOS: Stormin’ of the Sazerac’s 70th Anniversary

This historic bar was the first in the city to serve women on days other than Mardi Gras.

Women commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Stormin’ of the Sazerac bar at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, September 20, 2019.

The Sazerac bar excluded women except on Mardi Gras until September 26, 1949 when women ‘stormed the bar.’ The event was celebrated first with a luncheon and fashion show at the Blue Room before the group of women second lined to the Sazerac bar with music by the Twisty River Band.

WDSU anchor Charles Divins hosted and WDSU Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr, who was the reigning Spirit of the Sazerac, announced this year’s Spirit as Meaghan Ryan Bonavita, the president of Dress for Success New Orleans that provides women in need with clothing for jobs.