PHOTO: The greasing of the poles. (Photo courtesy of Royal Sonesta New Orleans)
There’s no shortage of celebrations in New Orleans. Home to hundreds of festivals, it’s a year-round fête highlighted by the world-renowned spectacle of Mardi Gras. Each year, the Crescent City prepares for its arrival and opens its arms to offer the pride and joy of festival season. In 2017, the Fat Tuesday party was as memorable and magnificent as ever.
New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the Vieux Carré, or French Quarter, is a mecca of culture and character. Here, you’ll be grasped by 78 small square blocks of indescribable charm and surrounded by the best Mardi Gras debauchery the city has to offer.
In the heart of the French Quarter, Royal Sonesta New Orleans emanates a spirit of fun and luxury, and it immerses each guest in the true New Orleans experience. As Carnival season rolls through, the hotel initiates its Mardi Gras weekend revelers, particularly with its annual Greasing of the Poles, held the Friday before Fat Tuesday.
What began as a practical means to deter overzealous revelers from shimmying up to the coveted balcony space is now, almost 50 years later, a star-studded and music-filled event that draws crowds from all over the world. This year’s event, themed “Greasing Goes Gold,” boasted some of the largest crowds on record and took over social media streams. The 48th Greasing of the Poles is set for Feb. 9, 2018, before Mardi Gras Day returns on Feb. 13.
All guests at Royal Sonesta New Orleans have a VIP seat to Mardi Gras and exclusive access to Bourbon Street’s best seat in the house. But it’s easy to take a step back from the action on Rue Bourbon, as guests can experience New Orleans magic all under one roof.
Restaurant R’evolution offers an unparalleled fine dining experience overseen by world-renowned executive chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto. Not to mention its unique cuisine that fuses the diverse historic and cultural influences of Louisiana, R’evolution also offers a world-class selection of 10,000 bottles of wine from throughout the globe.
Guests can also take a seat at Desire Oyster Bar and taste succulent oysters straight from the Gulf. Looking for live music? Enjoy a true New Orleans jazz club at The Jazz Playhouse, setting the mood nightly with its live musical performances.
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On top of all of that, you can experience newly renovated guest rooms, one of many reimagined aspects of Royal Sonesta New Orleans following our significant renovation. Check out our website for the opportunity to book a Bourbon Balcony hospitality room for your upcoming stay!
While Mardi Gras is a highlight of New Orleans fun, the fun continues on for the next 364 days. Book your stay at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans to live in luxury, immerse yourself in the heart of the French Quarter and let the good times roll, or as you’ll hear the locals say, “Laissez les bons temp rouler!”