This Friday is the 46th Annual Greasing of the Poles Ceremony, a favorite carnival tradition! The Royal Sonesta hotel has historically oiled up their balcony poles to deter overly zealous revelers from shimmying up to the coveted balcony space. What started as a practical solution to a serious problem, has (naturally, in the spirit of New Orleans) become a reason to party! This event starts at 10AM Friday morning at the Royal Sonesta hotel. Bryan Blatt will host, local ladies will apply the grease, and a panel of celebrity guests will judge.  It's one of those only in New Orleans events you just have to see!