Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Big Easy Bash Was A Hit!

The 2011 International Convention was held in New Orleans, something that we’d dreamed of doing for years! The Red Hat Society had originally planned to hold the 2006 International Convention in New Orleans, but when Hurricane Katrina hit, we sadly moved the event. To finally be in the city was a huge thrill!

Hatters began flocking to the city on August 18, filling the Big Easy with red and purple (and pink and lavender!) There were so many wonderful tours to choose from, it was hard to pick which ones to attend! Our first event with everyone present was the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, August 19. It was so exciting to see that sea of red, purple, pink, and lavender! While all of our conventions are special, this one felt particularly meaningful! One of the highlights of the event was the crowning of Queen Linda of the Red Hat Jambalaya Mamas (Louisiana, United States) as the Hatter of the Year and Queen of Mardi Gras!

August 20 dawned with a special event: our trademark Pajama Breakfast! It’s like the world’s biggest sleepover; there’s nothing like seeing 2000 Hatters enjoying breakfast in their pajamas!

This year’s Hat District was better than ever! Not only did attendees get to shop from some of the best vendors around, but they also participated in fashion parades, displayed their home-made Mardi Gras masks for a contest, enjoyed wine tastings, and experienced the best in on-site entertainment!

As evening neared, Hatters gathered for the glitziest party of the event: the Big Easy Bash Banquet! We enjoyed a delicious three course dinner, followed by fabulous entertainment, New Orleans style! RHS Founder, Exalted Queen Mother Sue Ellen Cooper, along with Esteemed Vice Mother Linda Murphy and Lady Bug Debra Granich, CEO, brought us up to date on the State of the Sisterhood. Of course, the evening concluded with hours of dancing with friends old and new! What a party to remember!

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