Southern Decadence 2016 Parades

These routes are still tentative as of the time of this post. Check the website if, for some reason, you are in need of up-to-the-minute information.

There are two official Southern Decadence parades for 2016.

The FRIDAY NIGHT parade is a float parade through the streets
of the French Quarter presented by Toby LeFort and the Knights of Decadence.
The parade formation time is 6:15 P.M.
The parade starting time is 7:30 P.M.
 
HERE IS THE OFFICIAL PARADE ROUTE
OF THE FRIDAY NIGHT PARADE:

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The SUNDAY AFTERNOON parade is the traditional Southern Decadence
Grand Marshal Parade.  It is a walking parade with no motorized vehicles
except for one truck at the front of the parade that will carry the sound system
for the Southern Decadence Grand Marshals’ entourage.
The parade formation time is 1:00 P.M.
The parade starting time is 2:00 P.M.

HERE IS THE OFFICIAL PARADE ROUTE
OF THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON PARADE:

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Welcome Decadence!

I love the fun of this weekend in my ‘hood; the Southern Decadence crowd walks everywhere, are friendly and fun and spend their money freely at shops and gigs throughout Labor Day..

Do make one foray out of the Quarter and check out my lovely pal’s exhibit at St. Coffee on St. Claude: “The Filthiest Fabric Alive” his fabric homage to John Waters’ art. He doesn’t have a site for the exhibit, but I promise his work is worth it.

Here is the heirloom Dorothy Parker pillow he made for me:

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here is a nice set of places that are gay friendly or gay happy; this map brought to you by Bourbon Pride:

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Southern Decadence Parade Routes

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2014 is the 43rd Annual Southern Decadence celebration.However, 2014 brings us the 40th annual Sunday afternoon parade, as there was no official parade in 1972, 2005 (Hurricane Katrina) and 2008 (Hurricane Gustav).

Southern Decadence Parade Routes.

I love our Southern Decadence

New Orleans always comes up its it’s own version of a holiday. Labor Day, which most Americans celebrate with a cookout or a trip to a beach, is no different. Southern Decadence is a wild, joyful and colorful celebration by the gay community held in the French Quarter for the weekend, culminating with a parade next Sunday. (well, of course, activities continue past that parade, but for bystanders, it’s time to go home.)
Decadence is more than 40 years old, and my understanding is that it started with a group of friends that held a party in the lower Quarter and it morphed to the bars, as most parties held in the Quarter do.
Now, it’s a huge economic boost to the city and as much support and thanks as other event organizers get for returning to the city post Katrina, the gay community that has always spent millions visiting our city deserve thanks too! After all, many of these visitors were stuck in town in the aftermath of Katrina, and so many of the gay Quarter businesses stayed open and serving during and others reopened quickly after.

With a 70 plus year old mother living across the street from one of the wilder gay bars, I can tell you that it’s possible to live quietly and yet with some needed joi de vivre because of this community being here.
So, get to the Quarter on September 2 and watch a great time being had and have a little yourself….

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