Southern Decadence Festival

The 42nd 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(August 28-September 2). Southern Decadence, appropriately nicknamed the "GayMardi Gras," is known worldwide for its extravagance, attracting nearly 100,000visitors 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 "Live Laugh and Love."

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

Wednesday, August 28:

Gay New Orleans Walking Tour, departing from 638 St. Ann Street, 5:30p.m.


Thursday, August 29:

Kick It Off Pool Party at The Country Club, 634Louisa Street, 10 a.m.


Friday: August 30:

Southern Decadence Block Party and Vendors Fair at The Phoenix, 941Elysian Fields, 9 p.m.


Saturday, August 31:

10th Annual Bourbon Street Extravaganza at the corner ofBourbon and St. Ann Streets, 5 p.m.


The festivities will lead up to the 39th AnnualSouthern Decadence Parade on Sunday, September 1, lead by Grand Marshalls XXXIX Tami Tarmac &Venus Santiago. Floats and marchers will gather at the Golden Lantern andsaunter through the French Quarter. If you join the crowd you'll likely arriveto a sea of fuchsia pink, tangerine orange and gold - this year's officialSouthern Decadence colors - and hear this year's official theme song "Feel theMoment" from every stereo in the area.

SouthernDecadence will also follow a long standing tradition of donating proceeds to alocal charity. This year's official charity is Belle Reve New Orleans, aresidence and resource center for adults and families living with AIDS orHIV-related infections.

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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