Annual Greasing of the Poles

Annual Greasing of the Poles

Credit: Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News

Paul Murphy (@PMurpjhyWWL) tweeted, "Camryn Manheim wins greasing of the pole contest in the French Quarter."

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by Melanie Hebert / mhebert@wwltv.com / @MelanieHebert

wwltv.com

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 18 at 7:43 AM

Watch the wild competition!

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Emmy-winning actress Camryn Manheim was the highlight of the 42nd annual "Greasing of the Poles" this year.

Manheim joined three members of the female carnival group the Pussyfooters to compete in the contest that officially kicks off carnival for the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

She was voted the winner by the judges and in the "People's Choice" category.

Upon her victory Manheim proclaimed to the crowd "I've greased a lot of poles but never like the one on Bourbon Street!"

Celebrity judges included New Orleans Saints Punter Thomas Morstead, City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer and Chef John Folse.

Locals and tourists packed Bourbon Street to see the competition including Switzerland native Urs Vom Feltem who has been coming to watch the event for 13 years.

"In 13 years I've made so many friends down here it's like a class reunion," Vom Feltem said.

The king and queen of Zulu and the New Orleans Saintsations were also there to get the crowd cheering.

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