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started over fifty 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.
Recent attendance has broken all records, with over 275,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
participants, and an economic impact
estimated to be in excess of $285 million.
Southern Decadence is one of the top five annual events in the
New Orleans, along with Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence
and French Quarter Festival. 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
Sunday. That's when the Grand Marshals lead the
annual walking parade through the streets
beginning at 2 p.m.
The theme for 2023 is "Wicked, Wild & Wet" and
the official colors are Black, Royal Blue, and Kelly Green.
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 main gay attractions are within a few blocks.
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.
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No wonder the weekend is often
referred to as
SOUTHERN DECADENCE DATES
(always Labor Day Weekend)
2022: September 1 through September 5
2023: August 31 through September 4
2024: August 29 through September 2
2025: August 28 through September 1
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