Southern Decadence 2016
Frequently Asked




Here are the Southern Decadence questions that we get asked most often.
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When is Southern Decadence Weekend in 2016?
  Southern Decadence is always Labor Day Weekend.  In 2016, the Southern Decadence dates are Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5.
And if you like to really plan ahead, the dates for 2017 are August 30 through September 4.
What is the minimum age for admission to Southern Decadence events?
  It's 18 to enter, 21 to consume alcohol for all events at The Bourbon Pub / Parade. Much of Southern Decadence (including Friday's float parade and Sunday's walking parade) takes place in the streets of the French Quarter, and is open to the general public.
Can you recommend a hotel?
There are numerous hotels in the French Quarter and surrounding areas that we can confidently recommend.  Please check our Southern Decadence Hotel page.  And in 2016 there will be a large convention in New Orleans over Labor Day weekend, so it is best to make hotel reservations early.  And many of the most desirable properties for Southern Decadence book fast.  So make your reservation now and get the room you want!
Why should I book my hotel room through the website?
  We are affiliated with some of the largest online hotel booking services in the world, and offer special Internet rates at many of New Orleans’ finest hotels. It is unlikely that you will find better hotel deals anywhere else online.  Like we mentioned above, rooms are booking fast and many of the best deals and hotels are already gone.  So make your reservation now: Southern Decadence Hotels
Why should I purchase a Weekend Pass online in advance instead of waiting
until later?
  There are good reasons to purchase a Weekend Pass online. Only a limited number of Weekend Passes are sold, and VIP Weekend Passes always sell out before the weekend even starts.  If you purchase in advance, you will save a few bucks compared to the cost of nightly admissions.  And credit cards may be used for online purchases ... On-premises purchases are cash-only.  Weekend Passes for 2016 will be available for purchase online in early 2016. Please consider joining our email list above and be among the first to be in the know about Southern Decadence 2016. 
Are cameras permitted at Southern Decadence events?
  Of course, cameras are permitted on the streets of the French Quarter.  Each venue establishes their own policies regarding the on-premises use of cameras, video recorders and cell phones.
Do many lesbians attend Southern Decadence?
  While predominantly a gay male event, a surprising number of lesbians have discovered the unique fun of Southern Decadence, and return year after year.  Southern Decadence is for the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, and is very well attended by all.  And a surprisingly large number of open-minded straight fans enjoy the festivities, and always come back for more!
Is it possible to purchase a copy of the music played during Southern Decadence?
  Yes, many of the DJs featured during Southern Decadence at the Bourbon Pub / Parade will have CDs available for purchase at Hit Parade, located at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets.
How can I keep up with the latest news on Southern Decadence 2016?
  Join our special Southern Decadence e-mail list.  Your e-mail address will be kept confidential and will not be shared with others.  You may unsubscribe at any time.  To join, simply click the "JOIN NOW" box below, or click HERE.
What are the parade routes for the Friday and Sunday street parades?
  There will be two official Southern Decadence street parades in 2016.  A float parade on Friday night and a walking parade on Sunday afternoon, both through the streets of the French Quarter.  Click here for parade information and maps of the official routes for each parades:  Southern Decadence Parade Routes.
Is there an online discussion group for people interested in Southern Decadence?
  Yes.  The Southern Decadence official YAHOO! group is HERE.  It is a moderated, spam-free group with about 7,300 members. 
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Is Southern Decadence on TWITTER?
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