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Wedding Ceremony:

Plan a unique and romantic wedding celebration at New Orleans' most unique and luxurious riverside event venue. The Riverboat Louis Armstrong boats four decks of private room rentals to accomodate weddings of any size. Complemented with elegant furnishings, exquisitly appointed bars and seating areas, and even a standard-sized stage complete with a top-of-the-line sound system, the Riverboat Louis Armstrong will create the ceremony and reception of your dreams.

Hold your Wedding Ceremony under the beautiful New Orleans sky on Pop's Promenade Deck or inside one of our luxurious ballrooms; the Lucille Armstrong Wedding Room, Ambassador Satch Ballroom, or Kid Ory Banquet Hall. 

Our cocktail and dining menus offer the finest in Louisiana cuisine. We will gladly assist you with coordinating other services such as, entertainment, florist, transportation, secondlines, and Horse Drawn Carriages.

Our professional Wedding Coordinator will assist the couple in the Wedding Ceremony and/or Reception preparations and assist the wedding party during the ceremony rehearsal and during the wedding ceremony which includes walk-through rehearsal on the day prior to the ceremony. All of our Riverboat Captains are licensed to perform the ceremonies or you can arrange for the officiant of your choice.

We also host private events, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and elopements! Call us about renting one of our private dining rooms.

CONTACT: Wedding and Events Sales Manager
Kristen Newman
504.293.2314

knewman@bigeasy.com

 

The Lucille Armstrong Wedding Room:

The VIP lounge dedicated to weddings and private parties was named after the much beloved wife, whom Louis was married for 30 years. Louis and Lucille met in 1938. Famously, while courting Lucille, he asked her to prepare his favorite dish of Red Beans and Rice as a litmus test. Being from New Orleans Satchmo meant this very seriously, but Lucille was a northerner so she requested a few days to search for a recipe. She then invited him to her family's home and made a big pot.

In 1970, he wrote about early life with Lucille, as collected in Louis Armstrong In His Own Words: Selected Writings (ed. Thomas Brothers):

"The Red Beans + Rice that Lucille Cooked for me was just what the Doctor ordered. Very much delicious and I Ate Just like a dog. I said forgive me after I had finished eating. I Just had to make some kind of excuse. She accepted it very cheerful. Because I am sure that Lucille has never witnessed any one Human Being eating So much. Especially at one Sitting. I had her to save the rest of the Beans that was left over. Then I'd come another time and finish them. We commenced getting closer "n" closer as time went by."

They were married in 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri and Lucille gave up her dancing career to devote her life to being Mrs. Louis Armstrong. She was a smart, strong-minded woman who provided the stable home life that Louis needed. She frequently traveled with him on road trips, guided his career, and oversaw his finances. 

After Armstrong’s death Lucille became a community activist, devoted her time and efforts to charitable and civic endeavors that benefited her community in addition to devoting time to support national and international entertainment endeavors. She hosted many meetings and gatherings at her Corona home. Her passion and interest were in further improving and developing her community; helping children and her fellowman; and keeping the legacy of Louis Armstrong alive and current in the minds of all. 

Lucille died October 13, 1983. Lucille’s will left everything to The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. and the house to the City of New York. The house is now the landmarked Louis Armstrong House Museum™.

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