The Annual Contest Will Be Held On Wednesday, November 16th At French Quarter Bar May Baily’s Place, Located At The Dauphine Orleans Hotel.
A bawdy bevy of hopeful harlots will vie for the title of Best Dressed Madame at the annual May Baily Look-Alike Contest to be held on Wednesday, November 16th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at May Baily’s Place, located at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel, 413 Dauphine Street in the French Quarter.
May Baily’s Place is a nostalgic Victorian themed tavern accented by a wooden bar, burgundy fleur de lis wallpaper, gaslights, brick walls and mirrored ceiling. A red light continuously burns in the hotel courtyard in testament to the memory of May. Any lady who occasionally fantasizes about being a 19th century hussy is welcome to dress in period costume and participate free of charge by registering at http://www.dauphineorleans.com/nightlife. Happy hour prices will be in effect with complimentary appetizers available early in the evening.
May Baily, an Irish girl orphaned by a yellow fever epidemic, became a Madame through the generosity of her late father’s friend, opening a “sporting house” in the bar’s current location, on the edge of what later became the famous Storyville Red-Light District. A comparatively modest bordello, May Baily’s was granted a city operating license on May 30, 1857. She ran May’s Place for almost 50 years.
Comedienne and raconteur Becky Allen will preside over the festivities, including the costume contest and raffle prizes, accompanied by ragtime piano tunes. Specialty cocktails such as the Madame-Ade, a drink made with Big O ginger liquor, will be available. Big O is the title sponsor of the event, and is offering free samples during the evening.
The most convincing strumpet, chosen by celebrity judges, will be awarded an overnight stay with her companion of choice in the Bordello Suite above May Baily’s Place. Other prizes will be given to honor Best Madame Name and Best Madame Accessory. Proceeds from the raffle and a portion of proceeds from beverage sales will benefit Covenant House shelter for youth in crisis, a nearby neighbor of May’s Place.
The annual May Baily Look-Alike Contest is an additional enticement among the featured events in the New Orleans Faux/Real Festival of the Arts, taking place November 4th – 22nd (http://fauxrealnola.com). The New Orleans Hotel Collection, including the Dauphine Orleans Hotel, is the official hotel sponsor of Faux/Real.
The New Orleans Hotel Collection is a group of six splendidly original hotels in the New Orleans Metropolitan Region owned by local investors. Comprised of the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Le Marais, The Whitney Hotel, Crowne Plaza of New Orleans Airport and the Hotel Mazarin, these boutique and small upscale meeting hotels are in prime locations throughout the city. For more information, visit http://www.neworleanshotelcollection.com.