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SOUTHERN DECADENCE 2016 DATES:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5




           



 

 

2016 Southern Decadence Theme, Colors and Song

 

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  Southern Decadence 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 Festival,
and French Quarter Festival.  As Liberace once said,
 "Too much of a good thing is wonderful."

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 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
amethyst purple.

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 to a frenzy.
Guest DJ Kidd Madonny returned for 2015, an encore to his
amazing performance in 2014.
He was joined for the weekend by DJs Mike Bryant, DJ Ivan,
Sean Michael, and Billy Francesca.  VJs Brendan Thompson,
Chris Allen and Max Rodriguez provided the video entertainment
at The Bourbon Pub.  The DJ schedule for 2016 will be announced soon.

The 2015 hosts for the weekend were "The Bearded Lady" Billy Francesca
and "The Bad Ass Bitch" Rhea Litre.
The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, the FREE outdoor concert at the corner of
Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, will return in 2016 for its
twelfth annual show. Performers for 2016 will be announced soon.

No wonder the weekend is often referred to as Southern DecaDANCE! 


 

 
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PAST AND FUTURE
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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