July 25, 2015
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started forty-four years ago as a simple going-away party.
As a top gay Labor Day Weekend destination, it has evolved into one of
our world's major annual
events. It is one of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans,
and has become known as the "Gay Mardi Gras." People begin to
arrive on the Wednesday before Labor Day, and generally don't even
think about stopping or going home until the following Tuesday.
With over 160,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants
and an economic impact
estimated to be in excess of $190
million, the city
has recognized the festival's importance with
Official Event Proclamations.
As Liberace once said, "Too much of a good thing is wonderful."
Orleans' wildest neighborhood gets even crazier as the French Quarter is packed for the entire event; however, the big day is
That's when the
Grand Marshals lead the annual walking parade through the streets
beginning at 2 p.m.
The 2015 Grand Marshals are Steven Mora, Frankie Fierce,
Misti Ates, and Marsha and Rip Naquin-Delain.
The theme for 2015 is "Swimmin' with the Gods and Goddesses,"
and the colors are lavender, lime green and silver lame.
The corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets is
generally considered to be the epicenter of
Orleans, and even more so during the Southern Decadence
festival weekend. At that
intersection is the largest gay nightclub,
The Bourbon Pub
video bar and
club, which is home to the hottest dancers in town.
Also located here is the Southern Decadence Official Welcome
Center, inside of Hit Parade Gift and Clothing. And most of the city's
gay attractions are within a few blocks.
Check out our French Quarter Map.
street party activities take place in the immediate area of
the French Quarter, and the dance parties are in the clubs.
Since the gay bars never
close, there is something happening around the clock. Some of
the nation's best DJs work the crowds to a frenzy.
Guest DJ Kidd Madonny will return for 2015, an encore to his
amazing performance in 2014.
He will be joined for the weekend by DJs Mike Bryant, DJ
Sean Michael, and Billy Francesca. VJs Brendan
Chris Allen provide the video entertainment at The Bourbon
The hosts for the weekend are "The Bearded Lady" Billy
and "The Bad Ass Bitch" Rhea Litre.
The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, the FREE outdoor
concert at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets,
will return in 2015 for its
eleventh anniversary show on Saturday afternoon, September
Extravaganza headliners for 2015 are Kristine W., Jeanie
Tracy, Inaya Day and Rozalla.
No wonder the weekend is often
referred to as
SOUTHERN DECADENCE DATES
(always Labor Day Weekend)
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2015: September 2 through September 7
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