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started over fifty 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.
Recent attendance has broken all records, with over 275,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
participants, and an economic impact
estimated to be in excess of $285 million.
Southern Decadence is one of the top five annual events in the
New Orleans, along with 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 2022 is "Jazz. Burlesque. Decadent. New Orleans." and
the official colors are Gold and Red.
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.
And most of the city's main gay attractions are within a few blocks.
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.
Guest DJs for Southern Decadence 2022 are
Max Rodriguez, Kimberly S., Kidd Madonny,
Mike Bryant and Ivan Mariscal.
No wonder the weekend is often
referred to as
The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, the FREE outdoor
concert produced by Napoleon's Itch, at the corner of Bourbon
and St. Ann Streets on Saturday afternoon, will return in
2023 for its 16th anniversary. Pre-production for the 2023
concert is already in progress.
LET'S TALK ABOUT MONKEYPOX
Monkeypox is generally spread through
Condoms will not prevent it.
Avoid close, intimate, or sexual contact with anyone
has a rash or flu-like symptoms.
The CDC has recommended limiting sexual partners
two weeks after the second dose
of the Monkeypox vaccine.
SOUTHERN DECADENCE DATES
(always Labor Day Weekend)
2018: August 30 through September 3
2019: August 29 through September 2
2021: September 2 through September 6
2022: September 1 through September 5
2023: August 31 through September 4
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