The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel Hosts Annual ‘Stormin’ of the Sazerac’ as the Historic Building Celebrates 125 Years of ‘Herstory’ at the Hotel
Ladies luncheon, fashion show and specialty cocktails top off the annual celebration while honoring the life and career of the 2018 “Reigning Spirit of the Sazerac” New Orleans meteorologist Margaret Orr
NEW ORLEANS - As The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary, it once again raises a glass to the always bold and barrier-breaking women of New Orleans during its annual luncheon and recreation of the “Stormin’ of the Sazerac.” The event will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.
The yearly event honors the courageous group of ladies who first stormed the hotel’s Sazerac Bar in 1949 demanding equality, and a stiff drink, at a time when women were only allowed to be served at the bar on Mardi Gras day. The hotel invites all women to join in the one-of-a-kind celebration encompassing libations, cuisine and entertainment in the lap of Roosevelt luxury. Festivities will take place in the famous Blue Room, the elegant Fountain Lounge and, most notably, the world-renowned Sazerac Bar.
The afternoon commences in the Blue Room at 1 p.m. with a three-course lunch, fashion show provided by Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes, live entertainment and recognition for the 2018 Reigning Spirit of the Sazerac. WDSU anchor Charles Divins and Drink & Learn founder Elizabeth Pearce will once again serve as emcees for the event. Following the luncheon, attendees will unite at 3 p.m. in the Roosevelt’s lobby to once again “storm” the Sazerac Bar in a second line. To properly honor the original “Stormin’,” which took place in 1949, guests are encouraged to wear late 1940s and 1950s attire including hats, veils, peep-toe shoes and gloves.
The designation of Spirit of the Sazerac has been a staple of the “Stormin’” event for the past three years. Past Spirits include education activist Kira Orange-Jones and Drew’s Tunes founder Georgia Boswell. Since its inception, the award is meant to honor one deserving New Orleans woman who challenges the status quo and works to influence positive change in her community. The Reigning Spirit of the Sazerac is an exemplary woman whose bravery and determination reflect what we celebrate about those great New Orleans ladies who stormed the Sazerac Bar decades ago.
Legendary meteorologist Margaret Orr has been chosen to serve as the 2018 Reigning Spirit of the Sazerac. Orr first joined the WDSU weather team back in 1979, at a time when many of her counterparts were men. Now in her 40th year, Orr proudly serves as New Orleans’ most recognizable and trusted authority when it comes to Crescent City weather. Additionally, Orr spends her free time donating her talents and lending a hand to raise awareness about several causes near and dear to her heart. Specifically, she’s hosted a telethon which raised over $100,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank and she’s served as emcee for several galas benefitting Easter Seals Louisiana’s services for those with special needs. Orr also was integral in growth and success of the Krewe of Barkus parade which brings two of her passions, people and pets, together each Mardi Gras. A passionate gardener, Orr has been awarded the Green Spirit Award by Parkway Partners for her efforts to foster the planting of trees and orchards throughout the city on behalf of NOLA Tree Project, which works to provide the citizens of New Orleans with access to fruit bearing trees in an effort to end hunger. Orr is an avid social media user and boasts over 23,000 followers on Twitter with whom she engages with daily.
This year’s event is particularly special as the hotel celebrates its 125th anniversary. The hotel was first opened in 1893 as The Grunewald Hotel. It was renamed The Roosevelt by the 1920s.
It’s no secret the Roosevelt is a legendary New Orleans landmark, rich with history. All New Orleans ladies are invited to come celebrate years of ‘herstory’ and drinks as the hotel honors the original women who stormed the Sazerac Bar decades ago.
Stormin’ of the Sazerac luncheon tickets are $59 each, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made here or by calling 504-335-3129.
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