Even a b---h named Katrina couldn't disrupt Southern Decadence. 12 people had a parade in 2005. Ya gotta love this town!! Now it's back on as big as ever. The theme for 2011 is "Viva New Orleans" and the official colors are fushia, pink, black, silver and the official song is Fireworks by Katy Perry.
The Big Easy has been known throughout its history for its tolerant attitudes. Hence, it is no surprise that a group of friends, some gay and some straight, felt comfortable back in 1972 when they decided to throw a going-away party in New Orleans-style--with a costume party, and later, a parade with the friends dressed as their favorite "Southern Decadent." The party has evolved into a primarily gay event, and grew into its current incarnation, today's Southern Decadence Festival.
The Southern Decadence Festival, held annually in New Orleans, has been called the "Gay Mardi Gras." Although there is no shortage of gay celebrants in the French Quarter during the real Mardi Gras season, Southern Decadence is an opportunity for gays and lesbians to celebrate their unique lives and lifestyles.
Labor Day Weekend:
Southern Decadence is held on the weekend before Labor Day. It usually runs from a Wednesday through the following Monday and most people stay for the entire time, nearly a week. Click here for the exact dates this year.
Most events are in the French Quarter, and many are centered at the Bourbon Pub, at the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Ann Street. There are numerous smaller parties, contests, and pageants all over the quarter. Of course, there are all of the fabulous restaurants and clubs. Here's a list of the events for this year. Here's a list of the best Gay/Lesbian bars in New Orleans. But you don't have to be gay to enjoy the fun. Just join your friends in New Orleans for what will probably be the most unusual weekend you've ever had.
All the Details:
To make sure you don't miss any of the fun, get all the details and updates on the official Southern Decadence Website.