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  Southern Decadence started forty-three 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.  With over 125,000 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.


Pic of Circuit Party Boys
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 Marshal leads the annual parade through the streets beginning at 2 p.m.
The 2013 theme was "Live, Laugh and Love" and the official colors for 2013 were fuchsia pink, tangerine orange, and gold. And
Belle Reve was the official charity for Southern Decadence 2013.
The 2013 Grand Marshals were Tami Tarmac and Venus Santiago.
The 2014 Grand Marshals and official proclamations will be announced in mid-2014.

The corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets is generally considered to be the epicenter of Gay New 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 The Parade dance 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 main gay attractions are within a few blocks.
Check out our French Quarter Map.
 

 On the dancefloorMost 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 2013 DJ lineup included Max Rodriguez, Drew G, Mike Bryant, Derek Monteiro, Brendan Thompson, Chris Allen and Sean Michael.  The 2013 hosts were
Billy Francesca ("The Bearded Lady"), Rhea Litre and Jasmine S/X.
No wonder the weekend is often referred to as Southern DecaDANCE! 
 

And new for 2013, Southern Decadence broadcasted live from the
Bourbon Pub / Parade balcony
on Sunday afternoon,
as Lance Bass hosted his
"Dirty Pop" show on SiriusXM
satellite radio, channel 109.

 

 

 
Click here for the tentative

SOUTHERN DECADENCE PARADE ROUTE
on Sunday, August 31, 2014
 

 

 

PAST AND FUTURE
SOUTHERN DECADENCE DATES
(always Labor Day Weekend)

2012:  August 29 through September 3
2013:  August 28 through September 2
2014:  August 27 through September 1
2015:  September 2 through September 7
2016:  August 31 through September 5

 

 
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