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2012 Southern Decadence Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans

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New Orleans Southern Decadence in the French Quarter is one of the city’s biggest and most popular annual events. Photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans via Wikimedia Commons.

Book your New Orleans Bed & Breakfast now in time for the 41st Annual Southern Decadence! Held during Labor Day weekend in New Orleans, Southern Decadence is one of the city’s biggest annual events. A celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture since 1972, this flamboyantly fun French Quarter party attracts over 125,000 visitors from all over the U.S. and the world. Festivities begin on Wednesday, August 29 and continue through Monday, September 3rd.

There will be various street parties and outdoor concerts as well as dance parties and stage shows in the clubs. The central hub is at Bourbon and St. Ann streets. Get into the spirit of New Orleans’ “Gay Mardi Gras!” The 2012 Southern Decadence theme is “Peace, Love and Hope = Monkey Dance” and the official colors are white, purple and silver. Every year, proceeds are donated to a local charity. The 2012 Southern Decadence official charity is Belle Reve which provides “permanent and transitional housing along with full support services to adults and families living with AIDS or HIV related infections.”

2012 Southern Decadence Parade: Sunday, September 2
One of the main Southern Decadence events that everyone looks forward to is the Sunday parade. Starting at 2:00 p.m., the 2012 Southern Decadence Grand Marshals, Pat McArdle and TJ Conrad, will lead the colorful, noisy and delightful marchers and floats of the Annual Parade. Beginning at Barracks & Decatur, the festive participants will wind through the French Quarter and finish at Dumaine and Bourbon.

There’s no better place to stay than a New Orleans B&B to experience the warmest hospitality during Southern Decadence in New Orleans. It’s highly recommended that you make your reservations as soon as possible due to the popularity of this event. Click here to see a full list of our New Orleans inns.

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