This article was published on September 13th, 2018
New Orleans is more than beads, parades, parties, and a lot of craziness. The Crescent City is so much more than a total weekend of debauchery. One of the best times to visit The Big Easy is during an annual affair thrown every Labor Day weekend commonly known as Southern Decadence. New Orleans plays host to this fabulous event every year, and Southern Decadence 2018 was another amazingly inclusive festival where New Orleans is proud to welcome the masses.
Despite the rain and humidity that comes with the territory when holigaying in NOLA, Southern Decadence 2018 was an incredible event. For 46 years, Southern Decadence has been a staple and gay rite of passage weekend, while serving as New Orleans’ biggest festival weekend following Mardi Gras. The action of this incredible weekend all goes down in the heart of the French Quarter, an area steeped in culture and history for over 400 years.
Southern Decadence involves great events at the bars and clubs, as well as several parties and parades throughout the weekend. Always dancing to the beat of its own drum, New Orleans knows how to throw a party and how to welcome the masses to its Mississippi River shores. People from all colors of the rainbow spectrum flock to this annual soiree as a result of New Orleans’ strong, friendly, and welcoming disposition.
From day drinking to late night parties, there is so much going on during Southern Decadence. The highlight of this year’s Southern Decadence weekend was the Grand Marshal parade winding through the French Quarter Sunday afternoon. Grand Marshalls Aubrey Synclaire and Sarina Styles slayed their rolls and looked fabulous. Oz Club and Bourbon Pub were the hottest bars to go to for tossing beads, where chants of “Show me your dick” can be heard amongst bead-thirsty spectators.
Stolichnaya, ever the ally for LGBT events and Pride festivals across the globe, sponsored the Saturday main stage at St Anne and Bourbon. Deborah Cox, Jennifer Holiday, and Jeanie Tracy were the headlining celeb performers.
With all the other events happening throughout the city at the local bars, Ace Hotel, and the pool parties, Southern Decadence should be put on your gay agenda!
For an enchanting stay in this enchanting city, The Royal Sonesta is a great place to rest your head, as it’s centrally located on Bourbon Street, yet it’s completely quiet and peaceful once inside. Located in the head of the French Quarter, you’d never know Bourbon Street and the craziness is on its doorstep!
If you need other reasons to visit New Orleans other than partying all Labor Day weekend long, there are lots of options to choose from in one of America’s best cities. swamp tours, ghost tours and walks, plantation tours, history, museums, impeccable Cajun and creole food, live music on every corner, and a slew of fun options to entertain yourself with makes the Big Easy an incredible place for your gaycation. Plan your trip to Southern Decadence with Visit New Orleans.