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GreasingthePolesQL.jpgThe Greasing of the Poles is an annual event held the Friday before Mardi Gras by the Royal Sonesta Hotel, in which local celebrities literally grease the poles supporting the hotel's balcony. A group called the Greasing the Poles Fun Club exists to celebrate this event in costume, and their theme this year is "What's Cooking?" Suggested costumes include "chef, sexy waitress, overdone spaghetti, room service, vegetables and singing waiter." [GoNOLA, Facebook]

Royal Sonesta

300 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA