What began as a simple going-away party in 1972 has evolved into one of New Orleans’ premier annual events: Southern Decadence. Held annually over Labor Day weekend, this celebration of LGBT culture now attracts over 160,000 participants from all over the world.
Southern Decadence is one of those quintessential New Orleans occasions in which participants get to strut their stuff in elaborate costumes and high fashion – or barely anything at all!
Everyone gets in on the action and all the bars will have their own drag shows, contests, DJs, music and events. Southern Decadence welcomes you to grab a costume, wander around the French Quarter, take a Gay Walking Tour and visit one of the city's world-famous gay bars.