New Orleans ‘Greasing of the Poles’ held ahead of Mardi Gras

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NEW ORLEANS (CBS NEWSPATH) – A Mardi Gras New Orleans annual tradition took place this morning in the city.

The annual ritual which begins Friday, is hosted by Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Greasing of the Poles is in it’s 50th year.

It takes place to keep the overzealous people from trying to scale the poles, which can be a dangerous situation.

The Carnival in New Orleans, has now become an annual “contest” with “contestants” greasing up the poles in everything from efficient to strongly suggestive manners.

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