The Southern Decadence Festival is a huge, annual event held in the French Quarter to celebrate the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) culture. Routinely attracting 125,000 attendees or more, the event began in 1972 as a going away party and, well, you know how it is with parties: sometimes they’re so good you just don’t want them to stop.
That’s one of the many nice things about New Orleans – if one party or festival is stopping, you can pretty much count on the fact that another is about to begin.
The 6-day long, Southern Decadence Festival is often referred to as the “Gay Mardi Gras” – and for good reason. Beyond the music, food, and celebrating crowds, Southern Decadence is a chance to don and/or see elaborate and outrageous costumes as well as the colorful floats of the Southern Decadence Festival parade that makes its way through the French Quarter the Sunday before Labor Day.
With the epicenter of the Southern Decadence Festival at the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann streets in the French Quarter, you can count on nonstop music, dancing, and partying at outdoor concerts on closed-off streets as well as at bars and dance clubs in the area.
Most Southern Decadence Festival events are free to all but there are some special events that require ticketed admission or VIP membership. Advance purchase of tickets to these events is highly recommended, as they will not only guarantee you admission but also save you money and standing in line.
Speaking of advanced reservations, now is the time to get reserve your Southern Decadence lodging! There are still rooms available at some New Orleans bed and breakfast inns – but that wont be true for long! Reserve yours now and enjoy some of the best accommodations the Big Easy has to offer while simultaneously enjoying one of New Orleans most fabulous celebrations: Southern Decadence Festival 2014!
Southern Decadence Festival 2014
August 27-September 1, 2014
For scheduling information, tickets and more, please visit: www.southerndecadence.net