February 9, 2016
SOUTHERN DECADENCE 2016
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
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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 2015 was "Swimmin' with the Gods and Goddesses,"
and the colors were lavender, lime green and silver lame.
The theme and colors for 2016 will be announced in May of 2016.
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. 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
Sean Michael, and Billy Francesca. VJs Brendan
Chris Allen and Max Rodriguez provided the video
at The Bourbon Pub. The DJ schedule for 2016 will be
The 2015 hosts for the weekend were "The Bearded Lady" Billy
and "The Bad Ass Bitch" Rhea Litre.
The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, the FREE outdoor concert at
the corner of
Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, returned in 2015 for its
eleventh anniversary show, with headliners Kristine W.,
Inaya Day and Rozalla. Performers for 2016 will be
No wonder the weekend is often
referred to as
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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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