It’s hard to believe there once was a time not that long ago, when women weren’t allowed in the Roosevelt New Orleans’ Sazerac Bar other than on Mardi Gras Day. (Or in other public places, or to vote or own property, but that’s a post for another time.) In 1949 however, all of that changed when a group of spirited and determined women converged upon the infamous drinking establishment to demand equality —and libations. They succeeded and the event is commemorated each year with the Stormin’ of the Sazerac at the Roosevelt. On Oct. 9, enjoy a traditional ladies lunch at 1:30 p.m. in the Blue Room. Live entertainment, a fashion show and a best-dressed competition also are on the menu. Tickets are $49 for the luncheon, fashion show and contest, but you can buy cocktails in the Fountain Lounge and storm with the ladies without buying one. 

Last year, more than 100 women — and a few sailors — waved white hankies while second lining behind a brass band from the Fountain Lounge to the Sazarac Bar. Energy levels were high and the spirits in the bar were strong.

Break out those peep-toe shoes, hats and gloves, arrive dressed in your most sassy 1940s style and get to stormin’. Your grandmother would approve.