August 24, 2016
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started forty-five years ago as a simple going-away party.
As a top gay Labor Day Weekend destination, it has evolved into one of
our world's major annual
events. It is one of the largest annual celebrations and
festivals in New Orleans, and has become known as the "Gay Mardi
Gras." People begin to arrive on the Wednesday before Labor
Day, and generally don't even think about stopping or going home
until the following Tuesday.
Attendance in 2015 broke all records, with over 180,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
participants, and an economic impact
estimated to be in excess of $215 million.
Southern Decadence is the fifth largest annual event in the City of
New Orleans, exceeded only by Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence
and French Quarter Festival. As Liberace once said,
"Too much of a good thing is wonderful."
New Orleans' wildest neighborhood gets even crazier as the French
Quarter is packed for the entire event; however, the big day is
Sunday. That's when the
Grand Marshals lead the annual walking parade through the streets
beginning at 2 p.m.
The theme for 2016 is "Decadence Takes The World,"
and the colors are ruby red, pearl white, blue sapphire and
The corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets is
generally considered to be the epicenter of
Orleans, and even more so during the Southern Decadence
festival weekend. At that
intersection is the largest gay nightclub,
The Bourbon Pub
video bar and
club, which is home to the hottest dancers in town.
Also located here is the Southern Decadence Official Welcome
Center, inside of Hit Parade Gift and Clothing. And most of the city's
gay attractions are within a few blocks.
Check out our French Quarter Map.
The hosts for the weekend
are "The Bearded Lady" Billy
Francesca and Ivy Drip.
street party activities take place in the immediate area of
the French Quarter, and the dance parties are in the clubs.
Since the gay bars never
close, there is something happening around the clock.
the nation's best DJs work the crowds to a frenzy.
Guest DJs for 2016 are Kidd Madonny (an encore to his
2015 and 2014 performances) and DJ Ivan.
They are joined for the weekend by DJs Mike Bryant, Sean
Michael, and Billy Francesca.
Thompson and Chris Allen serve the video entertainment at
The Bourbon Pub.
And DJ Tony Mazza will be warming up the
crowd before Saturday's
Bourbon Street Extravaganza.
No wonder the weekend is often
referred to as
The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, the FREE outdoor
concert at the corner of Bourbon
and St. Ann Streets,
will return in 2016 for its twelfth anniversary show on
Saturday afternoon, September
3rd. Extravaganza headliners for 2016 are
Zoe Badwi (direct from Australia), Well-Strung (the
incredible New York-based string
quartet), the legendary Jeanie Tracy (the Queen of Southern
and dance-diva Rowetta (direct from England).
Click here for the tentative
Friday Night and Sunday Afternoon
SOUTHERN DECADENCE 2016
Friday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 4th
SOUTHERN DECADENCE DATES
(always Labor Day Weekend)
2014: August 27 through September 1
2015: September 2 through September 7
2016: August 31 through September 5
2017: August 30 through September 4
2018: August 29 through September 3
2019: August 28 through September 2
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