July 15, 2018
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started forty-seven 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.
Attendance in 2017 broke all records, with over 210,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
participants, and an economic impact
estimated to be in excess of $250 million.
Southern Decadence is the fifth largest annual event in the City of
New Orleans, exceeded only by Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence
and French Quarter Festival. As Liberace once said,
"Too much of a good thing is wonderful."
New Orleans' wildest neighborhood gets even crazier as the French
Quarter is packed for the entire event; however, the big day is
Sunday. That's when the
Grand Marshals lead the annual walking parade through the streets
beginning at 2 p.m.
The theme for 2018 is "House of Bourbon - Unleash Your Beast",
and the official colors are Royal Blue and Canary Yellow,
as announced at the Grand Marshals'
at The Bourbon Pub / Parade on June 21.
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.
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.
the nation's best DJs work the crowds to a frenzy.
Guest DJs for 2018 include Kidd Madonny (an encore to his
amazing performances the past several years) for The After
Dark Party on Saturday, September 1. New York resident
and New Orleans native
DJ Max Rodriguez will also be with us. And VJs Brendan
Thompson and Chris Allen
will provide the video entertainment
at The Bourbon Pub.
No wonder the weekend is often
referred to as
The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, the FREE outdoor
concert at the corner of Bourbon
and St. Ann Streets,
will return in 2018 for its fourteenth anniversary show on
Saturday afternoon, September 1st. Superstar Deborah Cox
will return in 2018
for her fourth time to
headline the Bourbon Street Extravaganza.
She will be joined by the legendary Tony and Grammy
Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, and Jeanie Tracy
(the Queen of Southern Decadence, returning for her 14th
Complete Bourbon Street
Extravaganza information is
Southern Decadence Grand Marshall XXVII from 1999
-- The Dark Lady of Decadence --
RICK THOMAS -- BIG RICK
Southern Decadence Grand Marshall XXIX from 2001
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2018: August 30 through September 3
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