New Orleans Burlesque Festival
For centuries, the French Quarter has been a hotspot for burlesque entertainment.
From the 1940s to 1960s, Bourbon Street featured the largest concentration of burlesque clubs in the United States, and people would travel from all over the world to experience the glamour, music and excitement from famous dancers, like Lily Christine the Cat Girl and Evangeline the Oyster Girl.
Today, New Orleans plays a huge role in the modern-day burlesque revival, bringing back the golden age of classic striptease entertainment.
With this goal in mind, the New Orleans Burlesque Festival is held every year in the French Quarter, showcasing some of the best burlesque dancers in the world!
Since its premier in 2009, the Burlesque Festival has grown bigger and better each year. What started as a single competition now features parties, showcases, discussion panels, workshops and more!
The main showcases and parties take place at two famous New Orleans venues, House of Blues and Harrah’s Casino.
Special events include:
- The Queen of Burlesque Competition
- The Queen’s Ball
- Standing room shows
- Themed showcases with specialty groups like Mondo Burlesque and the Bad Girls of Burlesque
The main event that draws crowds into the festival is a competition to find “The Queen of Burlesque”.
The competition brings in the best classic striptease dancers to perform their solos to live traditional jazz music. A panel of celebrity judges chooses the winner to select the festival’s international Queen of Burlesque.
And the celebration doesn’t stop there! Following the competition, the newly crowned Queen will host the Queen’s Ball, including her full court of dancers that will take over the stage for a full night’s entertainment.
The festivities last throughout the entire weekend, finishing off with one last party on Sunday night.
For photos, schedules, and more information about the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, visit the event’s website at www.neworleansburlesquefest.com.