Known as the “Gay Mardi Gras”, the Southern Decadence Festival is one of the wildest festivals that calls NOLA home. Attendance in 2016 broke all records, with over 180,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants, and an economic impact estimated to be in excess of $215 million.
A six-day event, it kicks off the Wednesday before Labor Day Weekend and usually comes to an end the following Tuesday.
Southern Decadence started in 1972 as a going-away party among friends and has now evolved into one of New Orleans premier annual events. Although the fest is predominantly a gay male event, other members of the LGBT community, as well as some straight and open-minded fans attend the celebration regularly.
Get to visit the city’s gay bars, go on a Gay Walking tour, and enjoy an outdoor concert – known as The Bourbon Street Extravaganza. The main event, a parade on the Sunday, is led by the Grand Marshal and is something not to be missed.
With all the partying and dancing taking place, this event is often referred to as the Southern DecaDANCE festival. Sound like something you fancy? Visit their official website and get your Weekend Passes at www.southerndecadence.net.
With the motto “Stay Strange”, we welcome the unique nature – and guests – of Southern Decadence. We’d love to roll out the red carpet for you. Take a look at our rates that week here.