Skip to comments.'Gay Mardi Gras' Is New Orleans' Labor Day Fling
Posted on 09/04/2009 2:52:16 PM PDT by balch3
onathan Bray, one of the organizers of Southern Decadence, a celebration that has become known as the gay Mardi Gras, spent his time this week getting ready for the big party and watching weather reports.
"I looked out in the Gulf and didn't see a storm," Bray said. "No Katrina, no Gustav. I'm so happy."
In the almost four decades since it started, Southern Decadence has become a traditional Labor Day weekend, end-of-summer, event. But for two of the last four years, hurricanes crashed the French Quarter-centered party. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Gustav last year both generated evacuation orders for the city and brought the festivities to a screeching halt.
"It's the first thing everybody asks," Bray said. "Can they get their money back if there's a hurricane. We tell them they can, but this year they won't need to worry about it."
Still the lingering effect of the hurricanes and the evacuations have taken their toll, said Tim Lawrence, 35, a hotel manager.
"Our projected occupancy is down and I think that's because of the hurricanes," Lawrence said. "After Katrina it took months to be able to refund guests' money because of credit card disputes. And even with refunds you still had to pay airfare and find a way to leave with the evacuation."
The event started as a birthday party bar crawl with about a dozen New Orleans residents making the French Quarter circuit, Bray said. It has grown to one of the major gay events in the country, attracting about 100,000 people in the past, a welcome economic boost for French Quarter merchants during one of the slowest tourist periods.
"It's a crowd with disposable income and they enjoy themselves," said Mary Beth Romig of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. "And it's
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Filthy disease ridden queers celebrating their filthy disease ridden queerness. Yet one more reason to stay out of New Orleans.
Indeed He is not, it's all in that big book He keeps.
After spending billions, we visited it this summer, and it´s still a PIT...slums and not much hope. People need to move out and NOT expect everyone else to send them money to build in below sea level in a swamp with the scum.
They are going to get hit with amnother hurricane. It’s inevitable. And since all they’ve done, is rebuild the same crap they had before, in the same at risk areas as before...They are all going to drown just like before.
Does your hotel room have wireless?
As an aside, I hear that last week in Raleigh there was a "Katrina Survivor Reunion."
Over 4,000 attended.
That's too bad.
That's too bad.
(There, that's better.)
Southern Decadence, a celebration that has become known as the gay Mardi Gras
Since when was Mardi Gras non-gay?
They should move the event to the US Embassy in Kabul.
South Texans! Honker down for more hurricans coming down the alley.
Regular Mardi Gras is already pretty gay... I’m not sure people would notice the difference.
We went to Mardi Gras the Feb prior to Katrina. Once is enough.
You can bet your ass it does, pirate boy, high speed!
I hope you got yer pink pumps to fit yer peg-leg, cause Squantos and Larry are gonna dance yer fat fanny off!
My dance card is full. He’s gonna have to ho hiself out ......again
Eeeek I wouldn’t bring that stolen dog with ya to NOLA.
Maybe queerness is the REAL reason NO is called the chocolate city?
Interesting link confirmation between a communist holiday and homosexual “holiday”...
I visited NO for the the first time several years ago, before the big storms, and I wasn’t all that impressed. Besides the occasional sodomy fests, the “normal” straight people don’t act much better. Just a bunch of drunken frat-type idiots acting like idiots and being debauched just like the FDRQ’s.
New Orleans was once a great place and was my favorite town. But that was then and this is now.
I still love the food and the architecture though.
Why can’t gay men have a get together that doesn’t revolve around rampant acts of public sex and nudity? You don’t see the NAACP holding a watermelon eating and dancing festival.
Somebody tell me again why we have spent so much to rebuild New Orleans, if the result is that it looks exactly the same as it did before Katrina.
Southern D aside, New Orleans is great and if any of yall visit you will see the majority of us are hardworking Americans who love to have a great time and entertain people.
My family and most of my friends are on the Northshore (St. Tammany, 1 hr from New Orleans) where people (and I stress..People, not animals) are moving. They’re sick of the decadence, the decay, the liberals, and this mindset that if you are a white, Christian male then you should fall down on the alter of metrosexuality (and every other sexuality) and beg for forgiveness. The whole place is stinking to high heaven with the stench of vampires. Some of us have had enough.
I would not rule out another Cat5 within 10 years. Stranger things have happened.
“Isn’t every Mardi Gras gay or generally debauched?”
Actually, no! Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a year round business. The parades start on the Epiphany (1/6) and build up to the big day of Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday. The earlier, smaller parades are out in the burbs and work their way in toward the city over the ensuing weeks. The parades in the GardenDistrict are actually VERY family friendly. Bourbon Street, not so much.
The krewes that operate the parades for the public hold magnificent and often white-tie-formal balls after the parades. Usually with a great deal of pageantry and traditions that go back generations.
NOLA is a rather schizoid city. It has the extravagent and highly publicized debauchery on the one hand, and a very family oriented, structured, traditional (almost caste) social order uptown.
Come midnight on MardiGras, heading into Ash Wednesday, the action stops as if the city were Cinderella. Also, the whole Bourbon Street scene closes down over Christmas. Week.
Just how long was your "visit" to New Orleans? It must have been a very, very, long one and must have encompassed every part of the city and every type of its citizenry to make you feel so comfortable generalizing like that about a population that, before Katrina, numbered over 450,000.
Given the lowlife who prefer to live there, it was inevitable that it would turn out that way. :’)
Yeah, the architecture is something else, as well as the street musicians you find.
Besides, what type of city would elect a complete numskull DemocRat like Nagle and “welcome” so many debauched sodomites into its most famous, historic area to indulge in all types of public displays of obscenity. Sorry, not impressed.
Here’s guessing ABC won’t follow up and cover the lewd and promiscuous behavior associated with this event.
Sign: "Bridge is out -— Use Back Entrance"
a hurricane will seem like a party compared to what they will face in eternity if they continue on this path.