BURLESQUE was a main attraction in the French Quarter from the mid-1940s through the 1960s. Bourbon Street was it’s epicenter, and it featured the largest concentration of burlesque clubs than anywhere in the U.S.  It was the home of Lilly Christine the Cat Girl, Blaze Starr, Evangeline the Oyster Girl, and countless stars of striptease.  New Orleans was also the home of jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Al Hirt, and Pete Fountain. In 1995, New Orleans was one of the first cities to participate in the modern-day burlesque revival. Stage shows featured burlesque dancers accompanied by a live jazz band, as it was done in the heyday of burlesque.  This tradition continues today. The New Orleans Burlesque Festival was founded in 2009 to put the spotlight on classic and traditional burlesque, bringing back the glamour, humor, music, and excitement of the golden age of burlesque. The main event is a competition in which the best burlesque dancers in the world compete for the Queen of Burlesque title. Showcases, workshops, panel discussions, and parties, round out the weekend to make this the most high quality, entertaining burlesque festival today.
RICK DELAUP, a New Orleans native, is the founder and producer of the annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, as well as the long-running Bustout Burlesque, the hit show that performs monthly at House of Blues New Orleans. In 2011, Travel Channel listed Bustout Burlesque as one of the “Top 10 Burlesque Shows” worldwide. Delaup has been involved in bringing burlesque back to the cultural landscape of New Orleans since the mid-1990s, and has not stopped since. In 2010, he premiered STRUT, a male burlesque revue.  And in 2014, he debuted Bad Girls of Burlesque as a monthly show at House of Blues New Orleans. Delaup also produced the Burlesque Showcase at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as part of Viva Las Vegas, the world’s largest rockabilly festival in 2012 & 2013.
ELLE DORADO, associate producer, joined NOBF in 2016, planning the festival’s parties. As a nationally and internationally ranked competitive figure skater, she has been trained in the art and discipline of many forms of dance, and incorporates them into her respective routines. As a figure skater, Elle Dorado has performed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Russia, Canada, and across the United States.  In September 2013, she debuted the first striptease ice-skating act in modern burlesque, and in November she headlined the 1st Annual Iowa Burlesque Festival. In September 2014, Elle won the Queen of Burlesque title at the 6th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival at Harrah’s New Orleans.