Friday, February 17

Greasing of the Poles & Ladies Krewe of Hermes Luncheon

It's official. Mardi Gras merriment may now begin. That's the word from New Orleans, where hotels in the French Quarter have been working on an interesting way to keep rowdy revelers from climbing the support poles that lead to the area's famed iron-lace balconies.
This tradition began 42 years ago when the Royal Sonesta celebrated its first Mardi Gras here in the French Quarter. Through the years, word of this tradition and continues to this day. It marks the start of a five-day long Mardi Gras weekend.
Actress Camryn Manheim, who was in New Orleans to shoot a movie, took the top honors in the event. She competed against four members of the Pussyfooters Dance Krewe.
Thomas Morstead, #6 of the New Orleans Saints, was one of the local judges. Morstead played a critical role in the Saints Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts in 2009. The lovely Joann (in PussyFooter attire), who always shows up to all the wonderfully unique NOLA Mardi Gras events!Oh, Mardi Gras in the Quarter! New Bedford Sea Scallops
During lunch, we got a PussyFooter flash mob dance performance! Hermes is known for an unusual and longtime tradition, the Walking Parade, held earlier that Friday in the French Quarter. After lunch with friends and fellow float riders, the members, dressed in suits and krewe ties and laden with beads to throw, spill from various restaurants and gather on Royal and St. Louis Streets. High school marching bands thunder to life and lead the procession through the Quarter on its way to dress for the night parade.
Happy Carnival Everyone!

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