NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is pleased to announce the date for the 70th Anniversary of the “Stormin’ of the Sazerac.” This year’s event will be held Friday, Sept. 20. Tickets are now available online. The event celebrates the always bold and barrier-breaking women of New Orleans, who stormed the famous Sazerac Bar decades ago, during an annual luncheon and recreation of the “Stormin’ of the Sazerac.”

In celebration of the monumental anniversary, the hotel is raising a glass to 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, live entertainment and recognition for the 2019 Reigning Spirit of the Sazerac. This year’s Reigning Spirit will be announced later this summer.

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’,” guests are encouraged to wear late 1940s and 1950s attire including hats, veils, peep-toe shoes and gloves.

The designation of the Spirit of the Sazerac has been a staple of the event for the past four years. Past Spirits include education activist Kira Orange-Jones, Drew’s Tunes founder Georgia Boswell and local meteorologist and animal activist Margaret Orr. The Roosevelt New Orleans was proud to have WDSU Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr as the 2018 Spirit. This year she will be reprising her role as she welcomes the 2019 Reigning Spirit of the Sazerac – to be announced soon – into this one-of-a-kind sisterhood. 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.

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 at this historic event.


Stormin’ of the Sazerac luncheon tickets are $69 each, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made here or by calling 504-335-3129.