Jan 31, 2011 5:59 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

Edwards birthday bash will be roast in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two-and-a-half weeks after his house arrest
is over, former Gov. Edwin Edwards will be feted at an 84th
birthday bash in New Orleans.
Edwards' brother Marion wanted the party on his brother's
birthday, Aug. 7, but accepted July 30 so it could be in the
ballroom where Edwin Edwards held his election-night parties,
Andrea Thornton, spokeswoman for the Monteleone Hotel, said Sunday.
Edwin Edwards began six months of house arrest on Jan. 13,
completing a 10-year federal term for racketeering riverboat
licenses. That will end in mid-July.
Thornton said the ballroom can hold 450 guests and likely will
be packed.
When word of the party began to spread, so many people wanted to
participate that it changed from a party to a roast, Thornton said.
"We thought it was totally planned, but things keep changing a
little bit," she said.
The list of roasters keeps growing and there's no decision yet
on whether to have entertainment beyond the roast, but there will
be an admission charge to cover the cost of ballroom, drinks, fancy
meal and any additional entertainment, Thornton said.
Asked if admission would be in the $50 or $150 range, she said,
"Oh, more than $150."
"It's going to be a really upscale dinner, with cocktails
first, and different wines with each course," she said.

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