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Labor Day In New Orleans Means Southern Decadence!

August 1 2018 | News

Summer May Be Ending But the Fun is Just Beginning

Southern Decadence, August 30-September 3

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 Grand Marshall’s show at the Golden Lantern, the 44th Annual Southern Decadence Parade (think costumes, marching bands and drag queens), and The Bourbon Street Extravaganza (a free outdoor concert on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann streets). This year’s Extravaganza will feature entertainment by Deborah Cox, Rowetta, Zoe Badwi and Jeanie Tracy (the Queen of Southern Decadence). There’s also the Miss High Hair contest at Good Friends. (The winner takes home the Bronze Barbie). And finally, there's the Survivors Bar Crawl at the Corner Pocket for those who manage to survive the wild weekend.

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. Expect fun costumes, marching bands, and carriages full of drag queens.

All images provided by The Bourbon Pub and Parade


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