Dauphine Orleans Hotel Of The New Orleans Hotel Collection To Host May Baily Look-Alike Costume Contest
A bawdy bevy of hopeful harlots will vie for the title of Best Dressed Madame at the annual May Baily Look-Alike Contest to held Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the bar of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel, 413 Dauphine St., in the French Quarter. Comedienne and raconteur Becky Allen will preside over festivities, including costume contest, raffle prizes, specialty cocktails, such as the Madame martini, accompanied by Ragtime piano tunes.
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 contest will benefit Covenant House, a shelter for youth in crisis, located on the former site of Storyville, closed in 1917.
For the first time, the May Baily Look-Alike Contest will be an additional enticement among the featured events in the Faux/Real Festival of the Arts, Nov. 4-22 (http://fauxrealnola.com. The New Orleans Hotel Collection, including the Dauphine Orleans, is the official hotel sponsor of Faux/Real.
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” at 423 Rue Dauphine, on the edge of what later became Storyville, the city’s red-light district. A renowned bordello, May Baily’s was granted a city operating license on May 30, 1857, allowing “lewd and abandoned women” to practice their profession in her establishment, satisfying the carnal desires of soldiers, merchants, sailors and other gentlemen. She ran May’s Place for almost 50 years.
May Baily’s Place is a nostalgic 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 Ms. Baily’s memory. Little imagination is required to recall the location’s earlier history as house of delightful ill-repute.
Any lady who occasionally fantasizes about being a 19th century hussy is welcome to dress in period costume and participate free of charge by (click here) registering on Eventbrite. Happy hour prices will be in effect with complimentary appetizers available early in the evening.