December 31, 2018
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started forty-eight 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 2018 broke all records, with over 250,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
participants, and an economic impact
estimated to be in excess of $275 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."
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 was "House of Bourbon - Unleash Your Beast",
and the official colors were Royal Blue and Canary Yellow,
as announced at the Grand Marshals'
at The Bourbon Pub / Parade.
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.
the nation's best DJs work the crowds to a frenzy.
Guest DJs for 2018 included Kidd Madonny (an encore to his
amazing performances the past several years) for The After
Dark Party on Saturday night. New York resident
and New Orleans native
DJ Max Rodriguez was also on hand, joining VJs Brendan
Thompson and Chris Allen
to 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,
returned in 2018 for its fourteenth anniversary show on
Saturday afternoon. Superstar Deborah Cox
return in 2018
for her fourth time to
headline the Bourbon Street Extravaganza.
She was joined by the legendary Tony and Grammy
Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, and Jeanie Tracy
(the Queen of Southern Decadence, returning for her 14th
The Bourbon Street Extravaganza will return in 2019 for its
Complete Bourbon Street
Extravaganza information is
SOUTHERN DECADENCE DATES
(always Labor Day Weekend)
2016: August 31 through September 5
2017: August 30 through September 4
2018: August 30 through September 3
2019: August 29 through September 2
2020: September 3 through September 7
2021: September 2 through September 6
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