Tee-Eva Perry, who died last week at 83, will be memorialized June 11 with a second line parade starting at the Magazine Street restaurant she founded, Tee-Eva's Old-Fashioned Pies and Pralines.
A native of Colonie, Louisiana, Perry worked as a caterer in California before returning to Louisiana and selling sweets based on her family recipes. She also helped revive the long-dormant Mardi Gras Baby Doll tradition with her friend Antoinette K-Doe, dressing up on Fat Tuesday with a satin bonnet, bloomers and a doll's dress. She and Antoinette K-Doe (who died on Mardi Gras 2009) also served as sometime-backup singers for Antoinette's husband, R&B legend Ernie K-Doe.
[content-1] Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a statement on Perry's death:
"New Orleans has lost an icon, an inspiration, and a true original with the passing of Tee Eva. Her pralines and sweets were a local treasure, and the Baby Dolls represent the true culture of New Orleans. She was a culinary and cultural legend. A daughter of the city of New Orleans. May she Rest in Peace."
Baby Dolls, musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, family and friends and others who wish to remember Tee-Eva Perry will gather at 5 p.m. to celebrate her colorful life with a parade.