Indulge in “Southern Decadence”
One of New Orleans’ most anticipated festivals, Southern Decadence, takes place every Labor Day weekend. This year, the party goes on from August 31-September 5 throughout the downtown area. It began as a small farewell party in the early 70s and is now one of the largest LGBTQ cultural events in the country with over 160,000 attendees each year. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime New Orleans experience where high fashion and incredible costumes take center stage.
Bars throughout the French Quarter host their own Southern Decadence themed events with contests, drag shows, live performances and top rated DJs flocking to the city from around the world. Costumes are encouraged for all, and special walking tours to some of the most famous gay bars in the city are a special treat.
Let the Games Begin!
On August 31, block parties, café karaoke, and a sea of parades kicks off the festival. 2016 is expected to be the biggest and best yet with a slew of Grand Marshalls including Felicia Phillips, Jeffrey Palmquist and Tony Leggio. The 41st Annual Official Southern Decadence Parade begins on Sunday at the Royal Street’s Golden Lantern.
Every hour throughout the festival, you’ll find something unique happening. Take the Gay Heritage and Drinks Tour, or dance the night away at Oz. Don’t miss out on one of the city’s largest parties—and for New Orleans, that’s saying something!