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New Orleans Events: Mardi Gras, Armand St. Martin, Greasing Of the Poles

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Darling Friends,

Happy Carnival 2011!

Last week was my favorite week of the Carnival Season. Mother Nature blessed us with glorious weather so I could enjoy a myriad of events that included the French Quarter Business Women's Darlin' Heart Award Luncheon at Broussard's. This year’s honorees were: Annie Flettrich, French Quarter Business Association, Executive Director;Superintendent Ronal Serpas, New Orleans Police Chief; Officer Don Powers, French Quarter, 8th District Police Officer; and Ann Tuennermann, Tales of the Cocktail Founder. It was delicious.

I was also invited to attend to the Children's Museum where there was an announcement of a major youth initiative in South Louisiana.that Chris Paul and Rita Benson LeBlanc Lead Charge for Regional Effort to Teach Kids Entrepreneurial Skills. John Georges, CEO, Georges...Enterprises and Todd Graves, Founder and CEO, Raising Cane’s are the program’s sponsors. The announcement is part of a nationwide initiative to teach youth the skills they need to be successful in life. The goal is to have kids serve lemonade in over 5,000 or more stands throughout Louisiana. The program is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care while training the next generation of entrepreneurs through a free, fun, engaging and empowering activity.


I was looking forward, like I do every year, to the 27th annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon that benefits the New Orleans Opera Association. This year's theme was Mad Hatter Masquerade. I knew that I wanted to compete in the theme category so, fortunately for me, I just knew where to go to get the perfect costume. Thanks to Carl Mack Presents, at 223 Dauphine Street, he dressed me from head to toe, including the hat, the mask, the wig, etc. and I won for the “Best of Theme.” The luncheon included a style show by Saks Fifth Avenue, a celebrity-judged hat contest, a silent auction, raffle and a delicious luncheon.

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That evening it was time to attend the lovely, breathtaking reception on top of the Jax Brewery for the Krewe of Cork, whose parade was on Friday. To me, as former Queen 2 and 10, it is one of the most exciting times of the Mardi Gras Season.

Once again the weather was glorious as we got into our wine-themed costume. I was accompanied by my beloved "Chiquita" who never fails to amaze me with her incredible composure. We had a ball!

Every year, I have to exercise a certain degree of discipline to make it through the delicious luncheon, the ever-flowing champagne and wine and the parade. The costumes of the members of the krewe were extremely creative and beautiful and I enjoyed very much being part of it.

That evening it was time to get ready to attend the elegant Mystic Krewe of Barkus and the introduction to the King and Queen of Barkus 2011. Duchess Chiquita Bergen, sponsored by the Windsor Court Hotel,  was a vision as a returning royalty for the Sunday's Barkus parade. She was accompanied by her friend Isabella as Broadway stars and I escorted her, along with my friends Janelle Crescioni and Dean Shapiro and his newlywed daughter, Heather, who kindly carried the Duchess sign. I offer my congratulations to Heather and her husband, Rob Jones, who were married in the Jefferson Parish Courthouse in Gretna, two days before the parade on Friday, February 25!

Before, I share all the exciting events that are happening this week, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of my longtime friends: attorney Paul Galuska, Dr. David Newsome, who founded the Meal on Wheels and was, for years, involved in the French Quarter Easter parade; teacher-extraordinaire and tour guide Lloyd Sensat; and Harold Judell. They were pillars of our community and will be sorely missed.

Among the many soirees that I am planning to attend will be, on March1, “Tea on Tuesday”: The History of Mardi Gras by Arthur Hardy at the Longue Vue House & Gardens. On Friday, March 4, the annual “Greasing of the Poles” at the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 10 a.m. Open to the public on Bourbon Street and not be missed.

The rest of the of the week will be spent masquerading and attending private parties to enjoy watching the parades and the Mardi Gras festivities. So enjoy your Carnival season and hopefully I will see you along the way.

 March 1
Tea on Tuesday: The History of Mardi Gras by Arthur Hardy
Celebrate Carnival at Longue Vue House & Gardens with historian and local luminary Arthur Hardy in a raucous romp through the history of Mardi Gras! After the talk, enjoy a traditional tea with scones, pastries, homemade lemon curd, and finger sandwiches. Guests may also tour the gardens at their leisure before or after the tea.1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $25 members; $30 nonmembers Reservations are required. Visit or contact Lydia Vaughn at 504.293.4722 or [email protected] Bamboo Road

March 1
Armand St .Martin entertains at Tulane University




with his Mardi Gras-flavored show







Check out Armand's Music Video:

"Must Be the Mardi Gras"

(c) (p)Armand St. Martin

This is the last week to take the Mardi Gras-themed tour of The  Historic New Orleans Collection's Louisiana History Galleries, "Myth, Mayhem & Majesty: A History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans."



Procession of the "Mystic [sic] Krewe of Comus" (detail); 1867; wood engraving with watercolor by James Earl Taylor, delineator; The Historic New Orleans Collection (1974.74.5)

Procession of the "Mystic [sic] Krewe of Comus"(detail); 1867; wood engraving with watercolor by James Earl Taylor, delineator; The Historic New Orleans Collection (1974.74.5)



"Myth, Mayhem & Majesty: A History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans"
A themed tour of The Collection's Louisiana History Galleries
Available February 1–March 4- Tours begin at 2 p.m. every Tuesday–Sunday
533 Royal St.
Admission: $5, free for THNOC members
Discover the origins of New Orleans’s Carnival traditions with "Myth, Mayhem & Majesty: A History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans."The popular Mardi Gras–themed tour of The Collection’s Louisiana History Galleries is back and has been extended. Once available for only two weeks, this year's tour will be offered throughout the month of February and the first few days of March leading up to the big holiday weekend.
This guided tour examines the evolution of Carnival traditions from the colonial period through today and reveals an insider’s perspective of the fanfare. Featured items from The Collection’s permanent holdings include the earliest written account of Mardi Gras in New Orleans from 1730, a Rex invitation from 1896, and a queen’s scepter from 1920. 

Wednesday, March 2
Get In The kNOwLA
Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Featuring:  Local artist exhibit, Live Entertainment Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres
Lobby Bar,JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street,

March 4
Greasing of the Poles
The Royal Sonesta Hotel will hold its traditional "Greasing of the Poles" at 10 a.m. sharp with a !Second Line Parade. King & Queen of Zulu, plus Zulu Warriors will participate with the Official Toast, Members of the N.O. Sainsations, Celebrity Greasers, Competition with Awards.The practice of greasing the poles was first initiated by the Royal Sonesta Hotel forty years ago to deter over-zealous revelers from shimmying up to coveted balcony space above Bourbon Street.





WEDNESDAY, March 2nd

Mystic Krewe of Druids
Uptown 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, March 3rd

Knights of Babylon
Uptown 5:45 p.m.
Knights of Chaos
Uptown 6:30 p.m.
Krewe of Muses
Uptown 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, March 4th

Divine Protectors of Endangered
Pleasures or DIVA?
French Quarter 1:30 p.m.

Knights of Hermes
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
Le Krewe d'Etat
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
Krewe of Morpheus
Uptown 7:00 p.m.
Krewe of Centurions
Metairie 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Selene
Slidell 6:30 p.m.
The Original Krewe of Orpheus
Mandeville 7:00 p.m.
Krewe of LyraMandeville follows Orpheus

Krewe of Aphrodite
Houma 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 5th

Krewe of Iris
Uptown 11:00 a.m.
Krewe of Tucks
Uptown 12:00 p.m.
Krewe of Endymion
Mid-City 4:15 p.m.
Krewe of Isis
Metairie 6:30 p.m.
Krewe of NOMTOC
Westbank 10:45 a.m.
Krewe of Bush
Bush 9:00 a.m.
Krewe of Salt Bayou
Slidell 2:00 p.m.
Krewe of Mardi Gras
Houma 6:30 p.m.


SUNDAY, March 6th

Krewe of Okeanos
Uptown 11:00 a.m.
Krewe of Mid-City
Uptown 11:45 a.m.
Krewe of Thoth
Uptown 12:00 p.m.
Krewe of Bacchus
Uptown 5:15 p.m.
Corps de Napoleon
Metairie 5:30 p.m.
Grand Isle Independent
Grand Isle 5:30 p.m.
Houma 12:30 p.m.
Krewe of TUT
Houma following Terreanians
Krewe of Montegut
Montegut 2:00 p.m.

MONDAY, March 7th

Krewe of Proteus
Uptown 5:15 p.m.
Krewe of Orpheus
Uptown 6:00 p.m.
Krewe of Zeus
Metairie 6:30 p.m.
Krewe of Cleopatra
Houma 6:30 p.m.

March 8th 2011

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club
Uptown 8:00 a.m.
Krewe of Rex
Uptown 10:00 a.m.
Krewe of Elks Orleans
Uptown 11:30 a.m.
Krewe of Crescent City
Uptown after Elks
Krewe of Argus
Metairie 10:00 a.m.
Krewe of Jefferson
Metairie after Argus
Krewe of Elks JeffersonMetairie after Jefferson
Covington10:00 a.m.
Krewe of Covington
Covington, after Lions
Krewe of Grela
Gretna 11:00 a.m.
Krewe of Houmas
Houma 11:00 a.m.
Krewe of Kajuns
Houma follows Houmas
Krewe of Bonne Terre
Montegut 4:00 p.m.
Krewe of Skunks
Lacombe 1:00 p.m.
Krewe of Chahta-Ima
Lacombe 1:00 p.m.

Marching Clubs

Irish Channel Corner Club?
Uptown 6:30 a.m.
Jefferson CityBuzzards?
Uptown 6:45 a.m.
Lyons Carnival Club?
Uptown 7:00 a.m.
Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club?
Uptown 7:45 a.m.
Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club?
Uptown 7:45 a.m.
Societé de Saint Anne?
Marigney / Bywater
French Quarter 10:00 a.m.
French Quarter 10:15 a.m.


March 7
Zulu Lundi Gras Festival
The 2011 Zulu Lundi Gras Festival lives up to its good-times reputation for the 19th consecutive year, when the 500 members of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club host a full day of fun and excitement along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. 10:00 am - 5:30 pm.;
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
March 8
Mardi Gras Day 2011
Fat Tuesday. Revelers come enjoy a long day of parades and celebrations beginning with ZULU followed by REX.

Until  April 3, 2011

Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams

In commemoration of the centennial of Tennessee Williams’s birth, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation have collaborated to present Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams.
The exhibition and companion publication bring together highlights from The Collection’s permanent holdings and dozens of drawings by the legendary artist.

Hirschfeld, a self-described “characterist,” was the foremost chronicler of Williams’s productions on and off Broadway for six decades. With his signature linear calligraphic style, Hirschfeld’s drawings compose a fascinating archive of the playwright’s career while capturing the personalities of the actors who portrayed his characters on stage and screenDrawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams will be on view in the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, January 11–April 3, 2011. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday and will be extended to Sunday, April 3; no admission is charged.Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.Gallery hours will be extended through Sunday, April 3
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street


to March 13

All That Glitters: Carnival Jewelry from the Golden Age

All That Glitters, a fabulous treasure-trove of Carnival jewelry from the Golden Age, the dazzling period from the late 19th century to 1930, runs through March 13.  This glittering exhibit, which includes Rex crowns, scepters, and ducal badges, Comus cups, and numerous krewe and court favors, is guest curated by Henri Schindler, Carnival historian and designer.  View with paid admission to Longue Vue

 Contact Longue Vue at 504.488.5488 or [email protected] for more information.


Until March 6
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
The Garden District  Gallery proudly presents  – "Eat, Drink & Be Merry"  - extended by popular demand, through March 6, 2011.   This group invitational features the work of local artists in celebration of the season!
Participating artists include Patti Adams, Peter Briant, Jean Cassels, Nini Bodenheimer, JoAnn Greenberg, Martha Guthrie, Robert Guthrie, Diego Larguia, Carol Peebles, Michael Prokos, Don Rhodes, Jacques Soulas, Garth Swanson and Kris Wenschuh. Garden District Gallery,1332 Washington, Avenue,504-891-3032 or visit


Philip Melacon  



Phil Melancon








Jeremy Davenport
Every Thursday (5:30pm), Friday (9pm) + Saturday (9pm)
at Davenport Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

Anais St. John at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court
Every Friday and Saturday at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court" 9 p.m. to Midnight!

Every Sunday
Jazz and blues every Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with local singer Maryflynn Thomas. Enjoy a musical brunch of jazz and blues at St. Charles Tavern, 1433 St. Charles Avenue. 523-9823. No cover charge. Corner of Melpomene, next to Office Depot.

BOMBAY CLUB -830 Conti St.586-0972

LIVE MUSIC  -No Cover Charge

JazzTrio Marlon Jordon @ 8-11 p.m. Every Wednesday & Thursday in February

PianistMonty Banks @ 6-9 p.m.  Every Friday, Saturday & Every  Sunday  7-10pm in February

Pianist Amanda Walker every Monday & Tuesday 7 – 10pm in February


Save a date 

 March 16
Round Table Luncheon
A Salute to NO Festivals will be the theme of the popular monthly Round table Luncheon hosted by yours truly at noon at the Bienville Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Among the featured speakers will be Marcia Schramm , Director of the French Quarter Festival,Amy Kirk, board member of the Tennessee Festival,Don Marshall, Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Sandy Shilstone, CEO of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corp. and Frank Stansbury, Director of New Orleans Roadfood Festival.
 Live entertainment. Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairings. The luncheon is $42 and includes parking validation. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, [email protected].



Have a great week

Margarita Bergen,M.Ed.. Realtor

Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine

Cultural Diva-

Social/Cultural Columnist -

811 Marigny Street, Unit C

New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201  


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