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53rd Annual Greasing of the Poles

February 17, 2023

10:00 a.m.
Pet Friendly Wifi Available

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans will host its annual signature event the Greasing of the Poles at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 17 with the 2023 theme “Grease Like a Royal. 

Renowned actor, author and tastemaker Bryan Batt will serve as master of ceremonies as Greasing contestants compete for the coveted title of 2023 Greasing Champion. This year’s lineup includes New Orleans native and The Weather Channel meteorologist known for issuing “Gumbo Warnings” Scot Pilie; social media personalities and international travel guides The Traveler Broads, aka Kerry Maloney and Jessica Fender; award-winning performer known as the Honey Badger of Burlesque Jeez Loueez; and WGNO-TV Good Morning New Orleans meteorologist Brooke Laizer.

Serving as judges for this year’s festivities will be WGNO-TV on-air personality and 2019 Greasing of the Poles champion Kenny Lopez; WVUE-TV Fox 8 Morning Addition anchor Kelsey Davis; Coburn Supply Company Executive Vice President Michael Maloney; and Moët Hennessy USA Senior Market ManagerShirin Braden.

This year’s festivities will also include Carnival royalty from the Mardi Gras Indians, Krewe of Zulu, Krewe of Bacchus, and the Krewe of NOMTOC plus other special elements, including performances of Mardi Gras classics by Leroy Jones and the Original Hurricane Brass Band and appearances by the famed Merry Antoinettes as well as 2022 Greasing of the Poles Champion Greg Kata, aka @Gregisms.

To celebrate the return of this beloved event, the hotel’s world-renowned balconies will be adorned with a custom installation by Badass Balloon Co. and returning to toast to this year’s festivities is the iconic global champagne house of Moët & Chandon.

WHEN:  The 53rd annual Greasing of the Poles will be held on Friday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:  The Royal Sonesta New Orleans located at 300 Bourbon Street and via Facebook live-stream @RoyalSonestaNO.

WHY:  This is an ‘only in New Orleans’ experience not to be missed. 

The Greasing of the Poles is considered by many to be the French Quarter’s official kickoff to Mardi Gras weekend. The Royal Sonesta New Orleans originated the ritual of greasing the building’s support poles as a practical means to deter overzealous revelers from shimmying up to the coveted balcony space. Over half a century later, the practice has evolved into a star-studded and music-filled event, even spawning its own Switzerland-based international fan club.

About The Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter and steps away from some of the city’s finest shopping and visitor attractions, The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a hub of authentic jazz, vibrant nightlife and refined southern design. The hotel is home to several dining and entertainment venues, including Restaurant R’evolution, Bar R’evolution, The Jazz Playhouse, Desire Oyster Bar, Le Booze and PJ’s Coffee Café. In addition to world-class amenities, The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers 20,000 square feet of meeting and special event space. With 483 luxuriously appointed rooms, including 36 suites, the award-winning hotel is one of 1,200 properties within Sonesta. For more information, visit or call 504-586-0300.

About Sonesta 

Sonesta is one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the U.S., currently ranked 8th by Smith Travel Research (STR) with approximately 1,200 properties totaling 100,000 guest rooms across 16 brands in eight countries. There are more than 200 hotels managed by Sonesta under its Royal Sonesta; Sonesta Hotels & ResortsSonesta SelectSonesta ES Suites and Sonesta Simply Suites brands in the U.S. and Canada; and Sonesta Cruise Collection operating in Egypt. Sonesta also has nearly 1,000 franchised properties across the U.S., Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and St Maarten branded as The James, Sonesta Hotels & ResortsSonesta SelectSonesta ES Suites and Sonesta Simply Suites; Sonesta Posadas del Inca; Hotel RLRed Lion HotelsRed Lion Inn & SuitesSignature Inn; GuestHouse Extended StayAmericas Best Value Inn and Canadas Best Value Inn. For more information about Sonesta and its locations,, or call 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782). For more information about Red Lion Hotels,

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The Royal Sonesta New Orleans

The resort-style, AAA Four Diamond rated. The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers the best of the Big Easy with traditional courtyard and balconies, pool, Restaurant R’evolution, The Jazz Playhouse, Desire Oyster Bar, Le...