The Roaring Twenties come roaring back at Big Easy Speakeasy, the Louisiana Museum Foundation’s raucous recreation of the age of gangsters and molls, flaming youth and flappers that will raise the roof at the Old U.S. Mint on Saturday, November 2.
Described as an “arresting experience,” the gala will offer rare views of the jail cells used to house bootleggers when the Mint served as a prohibition-era federal prison along with period artifacts from the Louisiana State Museum collections -- a smuggler’s boat, flapper frock, and an original FBI wanted poster for the notorious outlaws, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Guests may also post bond to spring a slew of celebrity “jailbirds” like City Council President Jackie Clarkson and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne who will voluntarily don prison stripes for a great cause.
Feathers and sequins, black tie or the cat’s pajamas are de rigeur for other partygoers as they shake and shimmy with the NOLA Chorus Girls to music by the Creole Jazz Serenaders with Don Vappie, and solo pianist Sam Kuslan. WWL-TV’s Eric Paulsen serves as master of ceremonies.