The 43rd 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 27-September 1). 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 "Under the Big Top - Welcome to the Gayest Show on Earth."
Here's a preview of what's in store:
Thursday, August 28:
Southern Decadence Welcome Party at The Bourbon Pub & Parade, 801 Bourbon Street, 12 midnight
Friday: August 29:
Southern Decadence Float Parade at The Phoenix, beginning at Washington Park and ending at Ursulines and Bourbon, 11 a.m.
Saturday, August 30:
Annual Bourbon Street Extravaganza at the corner ofBourbon and St. Ann Streets, 5 p.m.
The festivities will lead up to the 40th AnnualSouthern Decadence Parade on Sunday, September 1, lead by Grand Marshals XL Aubrey Synclaire, Chad Boutte and Reba Douglas. 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 yellow, turquoise blue and pearl white - this year's officialSouthern Decadence colors.
SouthernDecadence will also follow a long standing tradition of donating proceeds to alocal charity. This year's official charity is Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays New Orleans, aresource center for the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their family and friends.
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.
Formore information, visit www.southerndecadence.com