Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans Will Celebrate 54th Annual Greasing of the Poles Next Friday

The annual signature event, “The Greasing of the Poles,” hosted by the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, is set to take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 9, with the 2024 theme being “The R’evolution of Greasing” in honor of the long-standing and recently relaunched Restaurant R’evolution.

Established in 1968, the 54th annual event originated as a practical measure by the Royal Sonesta New Orleans to deter enthusiastic revelers from climbing the support poles to the balconies.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans 54rd Annual Greasing of the Poles
Scot Pilie is seen at 53rd Annual Greasing of the Poles at The Royal Sonesta during Mardi Gras on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, in New Orleans. Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Renowned actor, author, and business owner Bryan Batt, a local New Orleanian, will act as the master of ceremonies, overseeing Greasing contestants as they vie for the coveted title of the 2024 Greasing Champion.

This year’s lineup features Louisiana native and reality TV star Trishelle Cannatella (featured on the current season of “Traitors”), TikTok F&B trendsetter Triece Tabb, aka @BukuTriece, the beloved 610 Stomper Dan “Maude” Sullivan, and social media personality known for her food and beverage content, Emily Smith, aka @fleurdelicious.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans 54rd Annual Greasing of the Poles
Kristina Gabik, left, and Trishelle Cannatella are seen at 53rd Annual Greasing of the Poles at The Royal Sonesta during Mardi Gras. Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

The judge’s panel for this year includes Chef John Folse, owner and executive chef of Restaurant R’evolution, the Honorable Steve Bordner, Saints super fan Whistle Monsta (Leroy Mitchell), and Liz Batsche, Director of Trade Advocacy at Moët Hennessy USA.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans 54rd Annual Greasing of the Poles
King and Queen of Zulu are seen at 53rd Annual Greasing of the Poles at The Royal Sonesta during Mardi Gras on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, in New Orleans. Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

The event will also feature the Krewe of Zulu, Krewe of NOMTOC, and Queen Cherise of the Mardi Gras Indians, along with performances by Leroy Jones and the Original Hurricane Brass Band, the all-female marching group The New Orleans Pussyfooters, and the all-male dance group 610 Stompers. Special appearances will be made by The Merry Antoinettes, the 2023 Greasing of the Poles Champion Brooke Laizer, and the 2022 champion Greg Kata.

To enhance the celebration, the hotel’s balconies will be adorned with a custom installation by Badass Balloon Co. Additionally, the globally beloved champagne house Moët & Chandon will return to contribute to the festive atmosphere.

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Amy Harris is a writer and photographer who has been traveling for 20 years and flown over 2 million miles to visit over 80 countries on 6 continents. She is a freelance photographer for Invision by Associated Press, AP Images and Rex/Shutterstock. Her work can be seen in various publications and websites including: Rolling Stone, AP Images, National Geographic Books, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Forbes.com, Lonely Planet Travel Guides, JetStar magazine, and Delta Sky Magazine.

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