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Luna Fete Festival of Lights New Orleans 2024
Illuminated costumes, couture, and creativity take centre stage at Arts New Orleans’ LUNA Fête.
- Stay at the appropriately named “Maison de la Luz” Hotel during the Festival of Light, rated “Exceptional” by guests with beautifully decorated rooms, highly-rated breakfasts and excellent location.
- Luna Fête is New Orleans’ annual festival of light, art and technology, the nation’s longest-running projection mapping festival, attracting more than 100,000 visitors.
- Each night during the festival, from 6 pm to 10 pm, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Pedestrian Park is transformed into the ultimate runway for illuminated fashions.
- Luna Fête takes the basic elements of nighttime, the holiday season and NOLA’s festive nature and then adds a hefty dose of amazement and wonder. To experience it is transformative.
- Upgrade your trip to New Orleans with a stay at The Roosevelt Hotel, rated “Fabulous” by guests, close to the warehouse and french districts, with spacious rooms, luxurious amenities and stunning Christmas decorations throughout.
- Internationally award-winning creative studios will animate the Convention Center’s Hall D facade with a 15-minute projection played at retular intervales.
- Projections will begin at the top of each hour at 6 pm and continue throughout the evening. The last show starts at 10 pm.
- Light-based artworks by artists celebrating costumery and culture will be spread across 7.5 acres of the new Convention Center Pedestrian Park and into Mississippi River Heritage Park.
- A nightly arts market, delicious food, drinks, and other glowing features will be available to enjoy each night.
- Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is America’s largest exhibit hall, located in Downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, an 8-minute drive from the gay bars along Bourbon Street.
- The Pedestrian Park is transformed into a Winter wonderland of light and colour, the perfect start to the Christmas Season.
- 7.5 acres along Convention Center Boulevard features interactive water elements, live event spaces, public art installations and gathering places.
Recommended Hotels in New Orleans
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the city’s top attractions and bustling gay scene:
Gay Map of New Orleans
If you want to be close to all of New Orleans famous attractions, including the top gay-nightlife options in the city, the French Quarter remains the hub of where to stay, with dozens of hotels of all types and grades.. Adjacent to the Quarter and just downriver, you’ll find a number of gay-friendly smaller properties in historic and trendy Faubourg Marigny, which is also home to several gay-popular restaurants and bars.
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The Roosevelt Hotel
5 Star, Luxury
- 5 Star – Lovely Rooftop Bar, Full-Service Spa
- A short walk to the gay bars
- 42-inch TV, luxury amenities
- Elegant 5-star hotel, 15 minutes to Jackson Square, with a rooftop bar, fully equipped spa, and luxurious rooms.
Omni Royal, 4 Star
Sophisticated & Stylish
- 4 Star – 4-Diamond Luxury, Pinnacle Award Winner
- Close to the gay district
- Fashionable corner location
- On St. Louis at Royal, offers 4-diamond luxury, award-winning meeting services, and sophisticated style.
Royal Sonesta, 4 Star
Right on Bourbon Street
- 4 Star – On Bourbon Street, Outdoor Pool
- Close to the gay district
- WiFi, flat-screen TV, refrigerator
- In the French Quarter, offers accommodation with an outdoor pool, bars, jazz club, and modern art.
French Market Inn
3 Star Central Location
- 3 Star – Located in an Historic 1800s Building
- Close to the gay district
- Coffee facilities, air-conditioned
- Historic hotel in the French Quarter, built in the 1800s, simple rooms with coffee facilities and a short walk from Jackson Square.
Video Luna Fete
Aftermovie of previous Luna Fete celebrations
Top Gay Neighbourhoods in New Orleans
New Orleans doesn’t have distinct gay neighbourhoods in the same way as some other cities like West Hollywood or Chelsea in New York City. However, the city is known for being LGBTQ+ friendly, and you’ll find gay-friendly establishments and events scattered throughout various neighbourhoods, especially along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.
French Quarter | Home to Bourbon Street
Photo: Laissez les bons temps rouler! Bourbon Street is at the heart of Gay NOLA.
- The French Quarter is the historic heart of New Orleans and is located along the Mississippi River.
- Famous for its lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere along Bourbon Street and the legendary Oz and Bourbon Parade Pub.
- The quarter is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in New Orleans and is known for its distinctive Spanish and French Creole architecture.
- Discover the best things to see and do in the French Quarter
Downriver from the French Quarter with colourful, eclectic houses & a vibrant arts scene along Frenchman St.
East of the Marigny and close to Crescent Park with stunning views of the River and the NOLA skyline.
Known as the Arts District, perfect for art enthusiasts & museum-goers with trendy restaurants & boutique hotels.
The CBD offers easy access to Bourbon Street and a variety of dining options, shops, and cultural attractions.