Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mardi Gras Facts - Tradition - Greasing of the Poles

Yes, you read right - pole greasing. You see, at one time Mardi Gras revelers on Bourbon Street were getting so caught up, they were actually climbing the poles all the way up to the balcony. Cheeky, huh!

Well, the Royal Sonesta Hotel started a tradition that's now practiced all along Bourbon Street. Each year, at the start of Mardi Gras, there is a pole-greasing ceremony, where containers of petroleum jelly are brought out on trays. The jelly is then scooped out by costumers and rubbed up and down the pole to ensure separation of the wild people on the ground from the wild people in the balcony. The pole rubbing is very dramatic - glean from that whatever you will, or view it here:

Have you ever experienced Carnival partying from a balcony? How about in the Quarter? What is your favorite Mardi Gras experience?

For those of you who have never experienced Mardi Gras but may be curious, what would you like to know about the holiday? I will answer your questions accurately and to the best of my abilty.

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