Grammy Award-winner Irma Thomas was crowned the Grand Diva of this year’s FestiGals events.
About 2,000 women took part in the fifth annual FestiGals that included the Bodacious Bras for a Cause luncheon and the annual Stiletto Stroll second-line parade.
More than 26 events over the four-day weekend gave women the opportunity to be inspired, network and celebrate their strength.
This year’s event surpassed its goal, and $45,000 was raised for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration, an organization that supports women undergoing treatment for cancer.
Thomas was hailed as a “beacon of survival” in her personal and professional career, by FestiGal organizers. Known locally as the “Queen of Soul,” Thomas shared her story with participants as a “Journey of a Musical Lifetime.”
She joins an impressive list of Grand Divas as locals Kelly Schultz, Margarita Bergen and Lisa Sins have also held the title. For more information visit festigals.org.