Brennan’s and Fat Monday Luncheon
Backstory and Context
This restaurant of local and regional cuisine was the first home to the oldest celebration of New Orleans’s queer population, the Fat Monday Luncheon. It was 1949, and founder Bob Demmons had been hosting friends for the city’s Mardi Gras festivities when he orchestrated the original celebration, crowning a Queen during their lunch and organizing a small procession through the French Quarter, complete with a horse-drawn carriage and the throwing of gladiolas by the newly pronounced royal.
Now held at Arnaud’s on 813 Bienville Street, the 200-person event–exclusive to the first bidders for restaurant seating–happens annually and involves the initiation of two separate Queens, various comedic awards, and a communal second-line made up of musicians, the luncheon’s participants, and the other diners in the area.
“About Fat Monday Luncheon.” Fat Monday Luncheon. Accessed 15 December 2019. http://www.fatmondayluncheon.com/.