Southern Decadence 2013
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Southern Decadence started forty-two 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. One of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, it 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. With over 120,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants, and an economic impact estimated to be in excess of $125 million, the city has recognized the festival's importance with Official Proclamations to welcome the event.
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. Some of
the nation's best DJs work the crowds into a frenzy.
The DJ lineup for 2012 included Brett Henrichsen, Robbie
Leslie, Max Rodriguez, Mike Bryant, Brendan
Thompson, Chris Allen and Sean Michael. And there was a live performance by
Dance Diva legend France Joli
Sunday Tea Dance
upstairs at The Bourbon Pub / Parade.
in its tenth year, The Bourbon Street
Extravaganza is the free outdoor concert on Saturday
afternoon at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets.
In 2012 it featured New Orleans favorite Mary Griffin and the legendary
disco-diva Jeanie Tracy. There
was also a special appearance by Ben Cohen, the former
English Rugby Star, and founder of the Ben Cohen StandUP
Foundation, created to combat homophobia
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