New Orleans French Quarter


Labor Day In New Orleans Means Southern Decadence!

August 22 2019 | News

Summer May Be Ending But the Fun is Just Beginning

Southern Decadence, August 29-September 2

Perfect view of the crowd

For the more than 40 years, Southern Decadence, one of the top five largest events in New Orleans, has taken place every Labor Day Weekend. Also known as the "Gay Mardi Gras" and "our Pride Week," Southern Decadence is the largest LGBT party of the year. Attendees typically arrive on the Wednesday before Labor Day and stay till the following Tuesday.

An unforgettable performance by one of the festival attendees

Along with parties all over the French Quarter, the schedule of events includes the The Bourbon Street Extravaganza on Saturday night, a free outdoor concert on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann streets.  The street party begins at 5:30 p.m. with the concert at 6:30 p.m.  Then on Sunday, head down to the 45th Annual Southern Decadence Parade at 2 p.m. This year's theme is "Fruit Salad: Come Toss A Good Time." The official "colors" are polka dots and pinstripes.


A few of the days festival participants sharing a group photo

Learn more about Southern Decadence here. Book your room at Hotel Provincial now while space is still available.

All images provided by The Bourbon Pub and Parade

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