MSY Hotel Invites Women To Vie For “Most Convincing Strumpet”
Do you ever fantasize about being a 19th-century
At Open Jaw we leave that role to a certain Ms.
Gabbalot, who is blatantly a hussy and, if she were to allow carbon dating,
just may date back to the 19th century.
But if the idea of competing for the title of ‘Best
Dressed Madame’ appeals, you’re invited to join a bawdy bevy of hopeful harlots
who will vie for the title at the annual May Baily Look-Alike Contest to be
held 18NOV in the bar of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel in the Big Easy’s French
Comedienne and raconteur Becky Allen will preside over
festivities, including a costume contest, raffle prizes, specialty cocktails
including the Madame Martini, all 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 honour
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.
May Baily, an Irish girl orphaned by a yellow fever
epidemic, became a madame when her late father’s friend helped fund the opening
of 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 30th, 1857, allowing “lewd and abandoned
women” to practice their profession in her establishment. 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 registering on
Eventbrite. And don’t worry,
Ivanna has haughtily informed us that she isn’t entering due to a previous
“In my conspicuous absence, a lesser entrant may stand
a chance,” Gabbalot sniffed.