Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Krewe of the Rolling Elvi...

No - I'm not kidding - that is a real group. A group of grown men who dress up as Elvis and ride weed eater engine powered scooters through the streets of New Orleans. Every year, I stay at Hotel LeCirque (which if you are a New Orleanian - you know it's the old YMCA on Lee Circle - more on that later...). This is the third year, so the staff knows I'm "the wife" of "the Elvis". I guess that's good, especially since this year Magda, the hotel manager, was kind enough to include me in a party she was hosting at the hotel. Here's where it gets interesting...

The party was for corporate clients of the hotel. I met maybe 12 people, 10 of which were gay men. How do I know this? No, I'm not stereotyping! Within five minutes of meeting this group, I knew who was with who, who HAD been with who, who hated who, and who was avoiding who. Note to self: If I am ever reborn as a gay man - move to New Orleans and get a job in tourism. I couldn't have been "adopted" by a better group. I laughed all night - especially when I was asked twice if "the girls" were real. Sidenote: In a brief moment of insanity, I had stopped at Forever 21 and bought a leopard print camisole for the festivities. It is Mardi Gras, and I am married to Elvis! Well, when I actually put it on at the hotel, "the girls" were a little more OUT there than I had expected. But I called my sister Ashley, and she convinced me that after a few drinks - aka "Liquid Confidence", I would be fine. Who knew - that's all it took - I was good to go!

Ashley was dying to see the leopard print top, so she told me to have one of my new "friends" take a picture and e-mail it to her. Now even though I knew the most intimate details of their love lives, I didn't feel that we were close enough for picture taking... I tried to take a picture, but I look like I'm in a fun house mirror... It's my gift to you - laugh out loud!!!

I feel compelled to post two pics of the converted YMCA. Luckily I have been to New York a few times, so I am completely comfortable with walking in and hitting my knees on the bed. And I am POSITIVE the bathroom doors are original!

And finally, the long awaited picture of "my Elvis" (he's on the left).
If you are in NOLA, I hope you are having a great Mardi Gras. If you aren't in NOLA, I hope this gives you just a glimpse at the insanity!


Angel said...

Oh yeah, the girls sure were kickin' it!!! Sure sounds like you had one helluva royal good time... hung out with a bunch of queens and then off to bed with "The King".

heatherbell said...

Angel - I couldn't have summed it up better!