Kicking off the summer season of festivities is one of the most celebrated parties based around a fabric: Ogden Museum’s Sippin’ in Seersucker. More than 700 guests donned the seasonal fabric in a sherbet-rainbow of hues, from traditional blue to pink, salmon, buttercup yellow and mint green.

Benefitting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, this fifth annual celebration was held during the early evening hours of Friday, May 15 at The Shops at Canal Place. The evening’s emcee was local author and icon Chris Rose, with Los Po-Boy-Citos entertaining guests earlier in the night with their eclectic mix of funk and Latin music. The beloved Big Easy Rollergirls spent the evening skating around guests, and tagging those they deemed well-dressed enough to compete in the seersucker contest later in the evening. Further judged by a crowd of their peers, the contest winners for the evening were Tony Lamanna and Kodaq. Tables were set with tulip arrangements and seersucker tablecloths, where patrons could relax and enjoy refreshing libations such as mint juleps, mojitos or the Swizzle Stick Bar’s signature creation: the Brake Tag – a concoction of Southern Comfort, Amaretto and orange and cranberry juices. Tasty treats for the event included creations from Blue Frog Chocolates, Rambla, La Divina Gelateria, St. James Cheese Company, Kyoto and Muriel’s Jackson Square. Raffles prizes included packages of beauty, wine, shopping and “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown.” This year’s co-chairs were Michael Harold, Pam Georges Dongieux, Will Erikson and Zan Hardin. Also in attendance were Roger Ogden and Michelle Ogden, board members Betsy Nalty and Sonny Shields, and museum director Rick Gruber with his wife Sharon.