Marcy Marcell
Photos by Kim Welsh

Grand Send-Off: Queen of North Rampart

Marcy Marcell
Saturday, May 14th


Saturday, May 14th fulfilled Marcy Marcell's final wishes which included a Mass at St. Anna's Episcopal Church brilliantly officiated by Fr. Bill Terry, Jazz Second Line Parade through the streets of the French Quarter ending in the Marigny, Celebration of Life Party & Buffet at Kajun's Pub, and Tribute Show at JohnPaul's. The family asked Ambush to administer Marcy's final wishes and hold any fundraisers needed to accomplish this goal. As of May 14th, all expenses were met which allowed Marcy's final wish to come to fruition. Marcy wanted all of the girls to keep their stage performance tips at her final tribute show if all expenses had been met.

Marcy Marcell

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After expenses, 20% will be donated to Akula Foundation (the hospice which cared for Marcy) with 40% donated to Buzzy's Boys & Girls, and the final 40% donated to Food For Friends. Ambush will release a complete financial statement on Tuesday, May 24th including the amounts of donations to the charities.

Larry Graham of GrahamStudioOne.COM is donating all proceeds from 30 of his Marcy Marcell Queen of Rampart Street French Quarter Legends poster in the amount of $30 per poster. There are some posters left. Please contact Rip Naquin at 504.522.8049 to order your poster signed by Graham. The poster is also available at Ambush offices, 828 Bourbon St., ring buzzer A.

Marcy Marcell

The Family of Marcy Marcell joins Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain in extending their heartfelt thanks to all who made Marcy's final wishes a reality.

The first fundraiser hosted at Kajun's Pub on April 17th raised $1,280 including a $50 donation from Marty & Koo. The second fundraiser hosted at Tubby's Golden Lantern raised $912 April 22nd with $200 as a donation from Colette Ambrose, owner of Le Roundup. The third fundraiser hosted at Kajun's Pub raised $2,329.25 including a $50 donation from Marty & Koo. The fourth fundraiser at Club LAX raised $400. The fifth fundraiser hosted at Oz raised $1,140 with door $500 ($165 donated by Oz), tips $234, 50/50 raffle $136 (with $68 donated back by winner Sam), poster sales $120, Corner Pocket donation $100, and Bruce Frederick donation $50. The sixth fundraiser hosted at Cutter's raised $704. The auction of the only special 20x30 Larry Graham Marcy Marcell Queen of Rampart Street French Quarter Legends poster framed by Angle Frames brought in $1,000 from John Vignone & Paul Chiriaco of JohnPaul's at the May 14th Marcy Marcell Tribute Show ending the Grand Send-Off for Marcy at JohnPaul's.

Marcy Marcell

Donation Checks: $25-Rose S., Lawrenceville, NJ; $200-Richard K.T., New Orleans; $50-Bebe S., Woodside, NY; $50 DB Carnes & Caroline Hymann, New Orleans; $100 Thomas Schoonenberg, New Orleans; $180 Ken Carleton including one poster, Forest, MS; $100 Tom "Rona" Conners & Bob Boler, Plantation, FL; $100 Arthur Severio, New Orleans; $100 Kenny Petit, New Orleans

For those who would like to make a contribution to Marcy's charities, please make your check payable to Ambush/MM and send it before May 20th to:
828-A Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70116-3137

Marco "Marcy Marcell" Sperandeo
November 27, 1947-April 11, 2011

Marcy Marcell

On April 11, 2011, Marco, Marcy Marcell, Sperandeo passed away at  the age of 63 after a brief illness with emphysema. The beloved son of the late Paul and Hilda Sperandeo, Marcy was preceded in death by sisters Paulette McCloskey, Hilda Rose Younger and brothers Michael and Henry Sperandeo. Marcy is survived by his beloved brothers and sisters Sidney Sperandeo and wife Gail Sperandeo, Sylvia Childress, Mary Broders, Jo Donna Dupuy, Andrew Sperandeo and wife Tammy Sperandeo. He is also survived and lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Marcy had a gentle heart, generous spirit, and outgoing personality. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and will be sadly missed.

Marcy was the founder of the Gay Appreciation Awards, now in it's 24th year; founder of the Golden Age Revue and Marcy & The Marcells Revue; Easter Grand Marshal X in 2009, the recipient of the 20th Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007; and would have celebrated some 45 years in show business as an entertainer this November.

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