From: Saturday, August 10, 2024
To: Saturday, August 10, 2024
Red Dress Run 2024 New Orleans
The Red Dress Run in New Orleans doubles as a fundraiser and a chance to party! All proceeds from the event go directly to charity.
- Visiting New Orleans, stay close to all the gay bars and clubs in the French Quarter. Stay in the “Suburb” rated Hotel Monteleone, in the perfect location, just close enough to Bourbon Street gay bars to be convenient, but not noisey. The hotel features a gym, outdoor pool and stylish rooms.
- Every year on the second Saturday in August, the New Orleans Hash House Harriers (a local “drinking club with a running problem”) host Red Dress Run, a charity “run” in the Crescent City.
- The run usually begins in New Orleans Crescent Park in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, just outside of the French Quarter. The exact location is only announced to those who registered.
- The runners, with drinks in hand, continue their route through the French Quarter and spend the rest of the day celebrating. Expect a sea of red throughout the neighborhood!
- Participants in the Red Dress Run can sign up to support the charity. Registration usually includes donations to local charities, special live music and beers for the run.
- Crescent Park opens at 9:00 a.m. with a DJ playing until the run starts at 11:00 a.m. when runners swarm the French Quarter. Following the run, lunch is served at noon back at Crescent Park for those registered and will include fish tacos, red beans and rice, jambalaya, hot dogs, sausage, poboys, pizza, and more. Beer, wine, and snowballs flow throughout the day.
- Crescent Park is located right on the riverfront in Bywater. The park stretches for 1.4 miles along the Mississippi, providing unparalleled views and access to the water.
- The park is a 7 minute drive or 34 minute walk (possibly longer in Heels and a dress) from the gay bars along Bourbon Street.
- Stay close to the park at the “Superb” rated Look out inn, complete with pool, located in the Bywater neighborhood.
Where to stay in New Orleans
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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
This 5-star hotel in New Orleans is a 15-minute walk to Jackson Square. The elegant hotel features The Rooftop Bar, a full-service spa and rooms with a 42-inch flat-screen TV. Guest rooms at The Roosevelt offer stylish décor and luxury amenities. Bathrobes and a 14-inch TV are offered in the bathroom and each room has a minibar.
Omni Royal, 4 Star
Sophisticated & Stylish
Located on the most fashionable corner, St. Louis at Royal, the hotel has received the 4-diamond luxury award for the past 27 years and has earned the Pinnacle Award for meeting services. Whether you’re visiting New Orleans for work or play the Omni Royal Orleans is truly the place to see and be seen.
Royal Sonesta, 4 Star
Right on Bourbon Street
Located in the historic French Quarter on Bourbon Street, Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans offers accommodation with an outdoor pool, multiple bars, and a jazz club. The hotel is decorated with modern art and offers several on-site dining options. Complimentary WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator are included in all rooms
French Market Inn
3 Star Central Location
Situated in the French Quarter, this New Orleans hotel was built in the 1800s and provides simple rooms with coffee facilities. Guests are a 5-minute walk from Jackson Square. Each air-conditioned room at the French Market Inn provides a desk and cable TV. The rooms include carpeted floors and exposed brick walls.
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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.