This article was published on August 16th, 2015
The city of New Orleans loves a good tradition and the people who live there know how to throw a damn good party. While the city is best known for Mardi Gras, it’s an annual event called Southern Decadence that has the thousands of gay men flocking to the sin city of the south for a weekend of debauchery.
Southern Decadence started in 1972, when a small group of friends got together for a Labour Day weekend getaway. These 50 or so guys, like any good gays, decided to throw a theme into their event, that everyone needed to dress like a southern decadent. The weekend was so much fun that the friends agreed to come back the following year to do it again and again.
It’s important to remember, Southern Decadence is not a gay pride event, festival, or circuit party. It’s a massive group of guys that come to congregate in a city known for self-indulgence, fast-flowing liquor, and good times.
Throughout the weekend there are dance parties, parades, and the traditional bead tossing off the balconies.
For event information on events and tickets visit the official Southern Decadence website. If you’re looking for a place to stay and fun things to do in New Orleans, like swamp tours, ghost and history walking tours, and fantastic places to eat, go to the official Tourism New Orleans website.