NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A French Quarter hotel takes center stage Friday morning for the annual greasing of the poles.
The tradition started as a necessity to keep people from climbing up the poles of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
This year's theme for the 46th annual event is "Let Them Eat Cake."
Local actor, Bryan Batt, handled the narration of the pole greasing dressed in historical French garb.
"I never knew when they asked me to do this, I was like, 'Oh God I really hit rock bottom, Greasing of the Poles!?' and it is so much fun. People come out for this, people come from Switzerland for the 46th annual Greasing of the Poles and that's not an ethnic slur," Batt exclaimed.
The winner, Miss Trixie Minx, showed off her pole greasing skills using two hands.
"I was pretty impressed with their greasing skills, I mean Trixie blew me away, she did a double handed greasing, she greased two poles at once, now that's talent," Batt said.
Minx grabbed the attention of the crowd, opening eyes and dropping jaws as she showed off her Ménage à Pole maneuvers.
"I just have to say I'm really honored to receive this award and there was a lot of training a lot of hard work but we did it and I'm so proud it took a team effort so thank you," Minx said.
Local fashion guru Lauren Thom, otherwise known as Fleurty Girl, took the People's Choice Award with her over-zealous grease job.
"See my motto is 'go big or go home,' so I used the entire tub of Vaseline to completely make sure that my pole is going to be safe for people who come to our city. No one is getting up that pole! I've got it everywhere, it was a lot of hard work, I've got it everywhere, it's in my hair, it's everywhere, but I swear it was my first time," Thom said.
To get a glimpse of the entire pole greasing experience, click the link below. The greasing starts about 15 minutes into the video.