January 13, 2017
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started forty-six 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 2016 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 was "Decadence Takes The World,"
and the colors were 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.
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 were Kidd Madonny (an encore to his
2015 and 2014 performances) and DJ Ivan.
They were joined for the weekend by DJs Mike Bryant, Sean
Michael, and Billy Francesca.
Thompson and Chris Allen served the video entertainment at
The Bourbon Pub.
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 2017 for its lucky thirteenth anniversary show on
Saturday afternoon, September
2nd. Extravaganza headliners for 2016 were
incredible New York-based string quartet),
the legendary Jeanie Tracy (the Queen of Southern
and dance-divas Inaya Day and Thea Austin.
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Friday Night and Sunday Afternoon
SOUTHERN DECADENCE 2017
Friday, September 1st and Sunday, September 3rd
SOUTHERN DECADENCE DATES
(always Labor Day Weekend)
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
2020: September 2 through September 7
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