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Official Gay Mardi Gras 2001 Poster Unveiled
What do 17 men, 2 women, 1 Transsexual, 2 cats, 9 dogs, 2 parrots, 2 chickens, 1 pig and Fidel Castro all have in common? They are all on the Official Gay Mardi Gras 2001 poster, "Ash Wednesday!"
Photographed, designed and produced by Larry Graham and Aaron Hanz of Graham Studio One, the poster features all of the above - nude. The line-up includes 20 local New Orleanians - a teacher, real estate agent, bartenders, hotel concierge, and baker as an example of just a few. They are brought together in a theme to celebrate the season of Mardi Gras.
The poster was unveiled at the coronation bash of Kin/IP>'s Krewe of Queenateenas. Ambush serves as Official Gay Mardi Gras Guide and is located at 828 Bourbon St. in the heart of Carnival madness.
The poster is signed, numbered and limited to 1,000 prints offered at $25. The black and white poster is 14 x 32 inches. Information on the poster is on Studio One's Web site at grahamstudioone.com or by calling 504.943.0037.
Bear Club Sets 2 Carnival Events
The New Orleans Bear & Bear Trapper Social Club will have two functions in the week before Mardi Gras, which is Tues., Feb. 27 this year.
On Feb. 22, from 7pm til the club will throw a beer bust at Venture-N, 834 N. Rampart St.
"Come join the Bears for the Beer Bust and stay to catch the Babylon Mardi Gras parade, which will pass sometime between 9 and 10pm," urges Rob Lavigne, club lieutenant.
On the Sat. before Fat Tues., Feb. 24, at 10pm, the club will present the Mr. Big Easy Bear 2001 Bear Contest at the Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Ave. Along with lots of hot bears competing for the title of Mr. Big Easy Bear 2001, there will be a Bear Wear fashion show, a raffle and a beer bust that starts at 9pm.
Contest winners will receive a cash prize, other prizes, a sash and trophies. Applications for entrants are available now at the Phoenix.
Remembering St. Louis St. Diva Miss Do
On Tues., Feb. 6, we stopped into the Double Play to see Miss Do to get her Carnival ad changes for this edition. Bartender Dave told us Miss Do had been out a couple of days and was very sick vomiting with the flu. He said she thought maybe she had a touch of food poisoning. However, the night before, a friend had brought her soup and she was feeling somewhat better. We told Dave to give us a call if he heard from Miss Do later, if there were any ad changes.
Shortly after arriving back at the office, our friend Jay Loomis phoned and said Miss Do was dead! We just could not believe it! After we left the Double Play, Dave had sent Maggie Marrero down to check on Miss Do since the Double Play had not yet heard from her that morning to see if she needed anything. Maggie found Miss Do, who had apparently passed away during the night. Miss Do-May 14, 1937-Feb. 5, 2001.
All of Miss Do's many friends were in shock at the sudden loss of the St. Louis St. Diva. Many of us, not that long ago, rung in the new year with her. Oh, she looked so radiant that night, and was looking forward to the year to come.
There was the table at Petronius' 40th carnival ball, and she was to lead the 2nd Official Gay Easter Parade through the streets of the French Quarter as Easter Grand Marshal II, along with fellow Grand Marshal Larry Bagneris, Jr. And there were all the holiday parties and festivities throughout the year to come. Miss Do's biggest event each year was her May birthday blowout, which was a command performance for all of her friends to turn out with gifts in hand.
Miss Do was the first to win by popular vote, the new Gay Appreciation Award, Transgender of the Year in 1998. She was also the recipient of several Fly Fashion Awards.
Many of us knew Miss Do over the years as the bar diva of Gregory's, Do's Place, the Wild Side and most recently the Double Play. She was quite supportive of the Gay community, helping those who were down and out, as well as organizations and charity events. One such event was the NO/AIDS Walk which she donated to every year.
One of our favorite stories about Ms. Do is that from Peter Thomas. Some years back, Peter and Miss Do celebrated their 50th birthday that same year. But, Peter says, every year since then he's gotten a year older, but Miss Do has remained 50. A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do.
Results from an autopsy reveal Miss Do died from Pancreatitis. However, some of us believe her best friend Lee Fetherston got lonely in the heavens above and came back down and snatched her. Now the Gay community has a whole symphony of guardian angels above.
The funeral service was scheduled for Wed., Feb. 14, 12 noon, St. Mark's, 1130 N. Rampart. It was to be followed by a Jazz Funeral March down N. Rampart to St. Louis, ending at the Double Play, 439 Dauphine. And the Double Play was to host a celebration of Miss Do's life with 2 hours of complimentary well drinks and draft, plus a buffet, courtesy of Petunias and Krystal.
With 3rd Carnival Ball
The festive Krewe of Mwindo dazzled a huge crowd of spectators at the St. Bernard Cultural Center with its third presentation, "All Bets Are Off!" The ball was dedicated to the memory of D'Artanga Monday, John Von Esterberg and Fernand Jackson. The three Mwindo friends had been a very important part of the success of the Krewe and will never be forgotten by the Krewe.
Returning King and Queen Mwindo II represented Harrah's Casino, while the Ball Captain portrayed the MGM Grand Casino and Ball Lieutenant, the Flamingo Casino.
Other creations included Casino Mwindo, Boomtown Casino, Casino Magic, Bally's Casino, Excalibur Casino and Mirage Casino.
The Michele Gibson Dance Company provided an excellent venue of entertainment through their Roulette, Blackjack and High Stakes Baccarat presentations.
Ms. Alabama Continental Plus, Ms. Galaxy At Large and Miss Beautiful Body of the South, Allegra White, did an outstanding performance raising loads of dollars for the charity, Brotherhood, Inc.
The grand finale was the presentation of Caesar's Palace Casino, King & Queen Mwindo III, Norman Zardes & Connie Marcelle. The couple received thunderous applause and a standing ovation throughout the auditorium.
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