Southern Decadence Festival

Southern Decadence is an annual LGBTQ+ festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the city and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.

The festival takes place over Labor Day weekend and includes various events such as parades, parties, live music performances, drag shows, and more. It is known for its vibrant and colorful atmosphere, embracing the diversity and inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Southern Decadence originated in the 1970s as a small gathering among friends and has since grown into a renowned festival that celebrates queer culture, community, and sexual freedom. It is often compared to Mardi Gras in terms of its energy and festive spirit.

One of the highlights of Southern Decadence is the Grand Marshal Parade, where participants march through the streets of the French Quarter in extravagant costumes and floats. The festival often includes a wide range of activities, from dance parties and street performances to educational workshops and charity fundraisers.

While Southern Decadence is primarily attended by the LGBTQ+ community, it is also open to allies and individuals from all walks of life who want to experience the vibrant celebration of love, diversity, and acceptance.