From: Thursday, August 29, 2024
To: Monday, September 2, 2024
Southern Decadence 2024 New Orleans style!
Southern Decadence started forty-seven 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.
- Southern Decadence packs the city, so book early. Check out the best places to stay and grab a hotel deal in the French Quarter, the heart of all the weekend’s festivities. Stay at the stunning Virgin Hotels New Orleans, rated “Superb” by guests and host of official pool parties, beautifully decorated rooms and great location.
- Southern Decadence is one of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, and has become known as the “Gay Mardi Gras.”
- Visitors 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 during previous years have been record breaking with over 300,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants visiting New Orleans for the party.
- Southern Decadence is the fifth largest annual event in the City of New Orleans, exceeded only by Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Festival, and French Quarter Festival. As Liberace once said, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.”
The Gay Neighbourhood
- 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.
- The corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets is generally considered to be the epicenter of Gay New Orleans, and even more so during the Southern Decadence festival weekend.
- At that intersection is the largest gay nightclub, The Bourbon Pub video bar and The Parade dance club, which is home to the hottest dancers in town. And most of the city’s main gay attractions are within a few blocks.
- Stay at the Brakeman Hotel, a charming 3 star hotel with a perfect location, spacious rooms. The hotel has been classically restored and is one of our top recommendations in New Orleans.
The Street Parties
- Most street party activities take place in the immediate area of the French Quarter, and the dance parties are in the clubs. Since the gay bars never close, there is something happening around the clock.
- Some of the nation’s best DJs work the crowds to a frenzy. No wonder the weekend is often referred to as Southern DecaDANCE!
- The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, the FREE outdoor concert at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, is one party not to miss.
Confirmed Southern Decadence Circuit Parties 2023
- Thursday Aug 29th to Tuesday Sept 2nd, 2024 – The Phoenix Block Party will run each night over the weekend, the place to be! Don’t miss their “Hungfest” Musical Showcase on Friday night.
- Thursday Aug 29th to Monday Sept 2nd, 2024 – The daddy of all parties takes place at The Bourbon Pub & Parade, the official home of Southern Decadence.
- Awaiting dates – Hit It – the sex positive party in secret locations returns for two nights of hardcore fun.
- Awaiting dates – Don’t miss Bearracuda’s big takeover of The Touluse Theater on Canal Street for an epic Saturday night bearfest!
- Awaiting dates – Party with the Pornstars at Southern Decadence Fornication – a play party, not a performance.
- Awaiting dates – Joe Fiore brings a special edition of Furball to New Orleans on Saturday Night at Santos on Decatur Street, followed by a Dirty Disco Tea Dance from 4 pm on Sunday at The Touluse Theater.
The Pool Parties
- Awaiting dates – Bearmania host the Southern Decadence annual pool party in a private residence with an epic cast of sexy guys in a private venue.
Southern Decadence Bourbon Street Extravaganza
- Awaiting dates – The Bourbon Street Extravaganza, the FREE outdoor concert produced by Napoleon’s Itch on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets on Saturday afternoon, will return in 2023 for its 16th anniversary.
- Awaiting line up and details of the event.
The Southern Decadence Parade
Sunday September 1st, 2024 – The SUNDAY AFTERNOON parade is the traditional Southern Decadence Grand Marshal Parade.
- The parade formation time is 1:00 P.M.
- The parade starting time is 2:00 P.M.
The Parade Route 2024
- Awaiting route for 2024 – Here is the previous route as a guide – Starting and end points tend to stay the same.
- The parade starts at the corner of Barracks and Royal, then turns on to St Louis, heads along Rampart turns at St Phillip, back to Dauphine, St. Anne and ending at Bourbon Pub/The Oz.
- The parade ends at 4:00 P.M.
- 2025: August 28th through September 1st
Southern Decadence, Where to stay?
The best place to stay is in the French quarter, which is where you will find most of the gay bars and clubs,
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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 Of Southern Decadence
Highlights on video of the Southern Decadence event in New Orleans.
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.