The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans pulls out all the stops to celebrate the Crescent City’s Tricentennial year. The hotel unveiled a to-scale gingerbread replica of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar featuring notable New Orleanians.
The grand centerpiece is part of the Ritz-Carlton’s elaborate holiday lobby decor. The massive, sweet streetcar is covered from end to end in gingerbread, frosting and other confections. Famous New Orleanians from the city’s past and present are portrayed as passengers in each of the windows.
Here are the local stars of the culinary arts, music, literature and sports depicted on the streetcar:
- New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner and philanthropist Gayle Benson
- Record-breaking New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees
- Today Show co-anchor Hoda Kotb
- Rex, King of Carnival
- “Streetcar Named Desire” author Tennessee Williams
- Writer of “Interview with the Vampire” Anne Rice
- Legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong
- The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’ resident entertainer Jeremy Davenport
- “Queen of Creole Cuisine” Leah Chase
- Ignatius J. Riley, central character of John Kennedy Toole’s comedic masterpiece “A Confederacy of Dunces”
- New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis
- Comedienne and television star Ellen DeGeneres
- Gospel singer and activist Mahalia Jackson
- Harry Connick, Jr., Grammy and Emmy award winning musician and actor
Papa Noel himself is shown as the conductor of the streetcar, wishing everyone a festive ‘Merry Christmas, y’all!’ New Orleans locals will be particularly delighted to spy Mister Bingle, beloved holiday mascot of Maison Blanche department store (the former occupant of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’ building) cheerfully occupying the rear of the car.
The shell of the streetcar was constructed by the New Orleans Opera Association Scenic Studio, and has previously appeared on stage in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Its covering, consisting largely of gingerbread, has been months in the baking. Ingredients include 444 pounds of flour, 400 eggs, 142 pounds of sugar, and 80 pounds of butter. The streetcar will be on display in the third floor lobby of the hotel through January 3, 2019.
For more information about The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans holiday happenings visit www.ritzcarlton.com/neworleans.