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  Southern Decadence 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 Festival,
and French Quarter Festival.  As Liberace once said,
 "Too much of a good thing is wonderful."

Pic of Circuit Party BoysNew 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 2017 was Electrified, and the official colors
were "All Colors in Neon," as announced at the Grand Marshals'
Press Party on June 16 at The Bourbon Pub / Parade.


The corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets is generally considered to be the epicenter of Gay New 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 The Parade dance club, which is home to the hottest dancers in town.  And most of the city's main gay attractions are within a few blocks.  Check out our French Quarter Map.
 

On the dancefloorMost 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 DJs for 2017 were Kidd Madonny (an encore to his amazing performances the past several years), the legendary DJ Robbie Leslie (spinning a very special Sunday Tea Dance), and DJ Whitney Day. They joined New Orleans resident DJs Sean Michael, DollaBill and J Rock.  VJs Brendan Thompson and Chris Allen served the video entertainment at The Bourbon Pub. 

No wonder the weekend is often referred to as Southern DecaDANCE! 


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.  In 2017, Superstar Deborah Cox returned for her third time to headline the Bourbon Street Extravaganza.  She was joined by Zoe Badwi (the Australian Dance Diva / Pop sensation), and Jeanie Tracy (the Queen of Southern Decadence, returning for her 13th consecutive year)
Complete Bourbon Street Extravaganza information is HERE.

 

 
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Sunday Afternoon

SOUTHERN DECADENCE 2018
PARADE ROUTE

 Beginning at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 2nd
 

 

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PAST AND FUTURE
SOUTHERN DECADENCE DATES
(always Labor Day Weekend)

2015:  September 2 through September 7
2016:  August 31 through September 5
2017:  August 30 through September 4
2018:  August 30 through September 3
2019: August 28 through September 2
2020: September 2 through September 7

 

 
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