LGBT Festivals

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, March 30-April 3, 2016

This annual LGBT literary festival has merged with the Tennesee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in 2015 to celebrate the literary arts concurrently. Saints and Sinners brings a variety of LGBT speakers and writers to the city, including Saeed Jones in 2015. Saints and Sinners is a don't-miss for master classes, panel discussions, workshops, readings and performances of LGBT literary works.

Gay Easter Parade, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday kicks off with the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, and then later in the afternoon the city's LGBT community hosts the Gay Easter Parade.  Participants in horse-drawn carriages or atop floats leisurely parade through the French Quarter, passing gay-owned bars, restaurants and shops. Paraders don their Easter finest, from gowns to bonnets, and have plenty of throws for crowds. 

New Orleans Pride Festival, June 17-19, 2016

Now in its fifth year, New Orleans Pride is Southern Decadence's younger sister, celebrating gay history while promoting public awareness and education. Pride weekend begins with a Kick Off Party, and continues with a parade on Saturday and keynote speaker Ryan Sallans on Sunday. New Orleans Pride is known for its community outreach, including anti-bullying and suicide prevention initiatives.

Southern Decadence, August 31-September 5, 2016

The largest gay event in New Orleans takes over the French Quarter every Labor Day weekend, bringing with it parades, contests and more. The corners of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets are the hub of activity, with the Bourbon Pub as festival headquarters. While there are DJ's performing at bars throughout the Quarter, most of the revelry happens in the street, culminating in the Southern Decadence Walking Parade on Sunday.

Halloween New Orleans, October 27-30, 2016

Halloween New Orleans brings a series of fundraising events to the Big Easy during Halloween weekend, including the Lazarus Ball, a dance night and the titular costume contest and parade. All of the proceeds from Halloween New Orleans benefit the Lazarus Project, a home in New Orleans for men and women with AIDS. Over the past 29 years, Halloween New Orleans has raised over $4.6 million for the project.