Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar spins into its 70th year

Sep 12, 2019 456

Lena Prima, the daughter of renowned New Orleans bandleader, trumpeter and vocalist Louis Prima, remembers when her dad used to perform "Jump Jive An' Wail" and "Just A Gigolo" at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans' French Quarter. She wasn't old enough to attend the shows in the early 1970s, but today she holds court crooning at the hotel's iconic Carousel Bar & Lounge that, literally, turned 70 this week.

"The Carousel Bar is unlike any other in New Orleans," said singer-songwriter Prima about the famed lobby bar located inside the five-generation Italian-American family-owned hotel that opened in 1886 at 214 Royal St. "You get here, you sit down, you order a drink and the bar revolves. I feel like I just blend into the background because the bar is so famous. Everyone wants to take a spin on the Carousel."

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