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Royal Sonesta Named as Presenting Sponsor of the Saintsations for 2009 Season


Vice President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Alfred L. Groos, announces today that the prestigious French Quarter hotel will serve as the "Presenting Sponsor" of the New Orleans Saintsations for the 2009/2010 NFL season.

The Saintsations entertain fans during every Saints game and are an indispensable and beloved component of a complete game-day experience. The official cheerleading team is collectively involved with a number of non-profit organizations, which benefit and enrich our New Orleans community.

"As an organization, the Saintsations truly embody the passion we all share for our New Orleans' lifestyle and unique culture. The Royal Sonesta Hotel is proud to serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Saintsations and we look forward to supporting their efforts as we cheer our New Orleans Saints toward a victorious season," says Mr. Groos.

"The Saints are proud to bring together two New Orleans institutions, the Royal Sonesta Hotel and the Saintsations," explains Jean Paul Dardenne, Director of Corporate Partnerships for the New Orleans Saints. "Both are tremendous representatives of our city, and we are pleased to announce the Royal Sonesta as the Presenting Sponsor for this year's Saintsations squad."

Lesslee Fitzmorris,President of* *St. All-Star LLC., the Saintsations' managing company states, "We are honored to team with the prestigious Royal Sonesta Hotel which symbolizes the beauty, grace and historical significance of the City of New Orleans. We look forward to working with the Royal Sonesta on many events at the hotel wherein we can combine the spirit of the Saints with the spirit of the City."

This Wednesday September 2, the Royal Sonesta Hotel will host their first event as "Presenting Sponsor" for the Saintsations. Invited guests will be the first to preview the Saintsations 2010 Swimsuit Calendar, which will be unveiled at the party that evening.

The public is invited to take part in a traditional New Orleans' Second-Line Parade, which rolls through the French Quarter at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening September 2.Members of the Saintsations, "Gumbo",the official New Orleans Saints team mascot,*and WDSU Television's Sports AnchorFletcher Mackel will participate in the parade led by theStoryville Stompers Brass Band.*

Saints' fans are encouraged to cheer the Saintsations on along the official parade route which begins at Conti and Bourbon, rolls up Conti to St. Louis, turns on St. Louis to Dauphine, down Dauphine to Iberville, turning on Bourbon to the Royal Sonesta Hotel's main entrance.

The luxurious 500-room Royal Sonesta Hotel located in the heart of the historic French Quarter is just steps away from the finest antique shops, art galleries, and visitor attractions in New Orleans. The hotel's atmosphere reflects a strong European influence with a distinctly Southern charm. Guest accommodations offer stunning views of the beautifully landscaped pool, secluded patios or vibrant French Quarter life. For hotel reservations visit, call the hotel directly at 504-586-0300, or in the United States and Canada, call 1-800-SONESTA.

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