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Southern Decadence New Orleans
September 2, 2021 - September 6, 2021
Aug 31, 2021 UPDATE: To our knowledge the organizers have not officially cancelled the event on their website or Facebook page, however since New Orleans may not have any power or water for weeks, we would say it is at least postponed.
Aug 21, 2021 UPDATE: Some media report that the organizers of the Southern Decadence New Orleans festival have canceled this year’s major events requiring city permits, including the annual parade through the French Quarter and block party on Rampart Street. We have not been able to verify that as a fact.
Southern Decadence started fifty years ago as a simple going-away party. As a top gay Labor Day Weekend destination, it has evolved into one of our world's major annual events. It is one of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, and has become known as the "Gay Mardi Gras." People begin to arrive on the Wednesday before Labor Day, and generally don't even think about stopping or going home until the following Tuesday.
Attendance in 2019 broke all records, with over 275,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants, and an economic impact estimated to be in excess of $285 million. Southern Decadence is one of the top five annual events in the City of New Orleans, along with Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Festival, and French Quarter Festival. As Liberace once said, "Too much of a good thing is wonderful."
New Orleans' wildest neighborhood gets even crazier as the French Quarter is packed for the entire event; however, the big day is Sunday. That's when the Grand Marshals lead the annual walking parade through the streets beginning at 2 p.m.
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NOTE: Due to COVID-19 all events are subject to cancellation and/or rescheduling. We do not always get advance notice from the companies/organizations of those changes.