Southern Decadence Festival

The 44th Annual Southern Decadence Festival hasarrived! The GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) pride and heritagecelebration will be held over Labor Day weekend in the historic French Quarter(September 2-7, 2015). Southern Decadence, appropriately nicknamed the "GayMardi Gras," is known worldwide for its extravagance, attracting nearly 150,000visitors each year. Bourbon and St. Ann Streets will be the center of therevelry - electrified with nonstop dance parties and concerts for all six days.This year's theme is "Swimmin' with the Gods and Goddesses."

Here's a preview of what's in store:


Thursday, September 3:

Southern Decadence Welcome Party at The Bourbon Pub & Parade, 801 Bourbon Street, 12 midnight


Friday, September 4:

Southern Decadence Float Parade, beginning at Washington Park and ending at Ursulines and Bourbon, 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, August 30:

Annual Bourbon Street Extravaganza at the corner ofBourbon and St. Ann Streets, 6 p.m.


The festivities will lead up to the Southern Decadence Parade on Sunday, September 1, lead by the 2015 Grand Marhsals. Floats and marchers will gather at the Golden Lantern, near Decatur and Barracks Streets, andsaunter through the French Quarter. If you join the crowd you'll likely arriveto a sea of lavender, lime green and silver - this year's officialSouthern Decadence colors.

SouthernDecadence is one of the best ways to culminate your summer in New Orleans. Dona costume, grab a drink and join congeries of the GLBT community in the city welove next weekend for a colorful fête unlike any other.

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