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'Gay Mardi Gras' Is New Orleans' Labor Day Fling
ABC News ^ | September 3, 2009 | Mary Foster

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: agenda; decadence; homosexual; homosexualagenda; southern; southerndecadence
God is not mocked.
1 posted on 09/04/2009 2:52:17 PM PDT by balch3
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To: balch3

Filthy disease ridden queers celebrating their filthy disease ridden queerness. Yet one more reason to stay out of New Orleans.


2 posted on 09/04/2009 2:54:24 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: balch3
God is not mocked.

Indeed He is not, it's all in that big book He keeps.

3 posted on 09/04/2009 2:55:38 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: Graybeard58

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.


4 posted on 09/04/2009 2:57:59 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: balch3

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.


5 posted on 09/04/2009 2:58:11 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: balch3
Isn't every Mardi Gras gay — or generally debauched?
6 posted on 09/04/2009 2:58:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Eaker
'Gay Mardi Gras' Is New Orleans' Labor Day Fling

Does your hotel room have wireless?

7 posted on 09/04/2009 2:58:58 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: balch3
"No Katrina, no Gustav. I'm so happy."

As an aside, I hear that last week in Raleigh there was a "Katrina Survivor Reunion."

Over 4,000 attended.

No joke.

8 posted on 09/04/2009 2:59:11 PM PDT by HIDEK6 (T.")
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To: All
I looked out in the Gulf and didn't see a storm," Bray said. "

That's too bad.

9 posted on 09/04/2009 2:59:13 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: balch3
Would it be P.C. if the city put up a banner saying:

"WELCOME HOMOSEXUALS"!

10 posted on 09/04/2009 2:59:35 PM PDT by jaz.357 ("If the present tries to sit in judgment on the past, it will lose the future." W.Churchill)
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To: jackibutterfly
I looked out in the Gulf and didn't see a storm," Bray said. "

That's too bad.

(There, that's better.)

11 posted on 09/04/2009 3:01:21 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Southern Decadence, a celebration that has become known as the gay Mardi Gras

12 posted on 09/04/2009 3:18:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: balch3

Since when was Mardi Gras non-gay?


13 posted on 09/04/2009 3:18:27 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: balch3

They should move the event to the US Embassy in Kabul.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2331004/posts


14 posted on 09/04/2009 3:20:27 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: balch3

South Texans! Honker down for more hurricans coming down the alley.


15 posted on 09/04/2009 3:26:18 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: balch3

Regular Mardi Gras is already pretty gay... I’m not sure people would notice the difference.


16 posted on 09/04/2009 3:27:33 PM PDT by BlueNgold (Have we crossed the line from Govt. in righteous fear of the People - to a People in fear of Govt??)
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To: rovenstinez

We went to Mardi Gras the Feb prior to Katrina. Once is enough.


17 posted on 09/04/2009 3:36:45 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: humblegunner; Squantos; Larry Lucido
Does your hotel room have wireless?

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!

18 posted on 09/04/2009 4:41:32 PM PDT by Eaker (If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.)
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To: Eaker; humblegunner

My dance card is full. He’s gonna have to ho hiself out ......again


19 posted on 09/04/2009 5:03:29 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker

Eeeek I wouldn’t bring that stolen dog with ya to NOLA.


20 posted on 09/04/2009 5:06:25 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: balch3; All
"'Gay Mardi Gras' Is New Orleans' Labor Day Fling


21 posted on 09/04/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

22 posted on 09/04/2009 6:28:06 PM PDT by ScottinVA (I remember Jack Kennedy... Jack Kennedy was a President of mine.. and Teddy, you're no Jack Kennedy!)
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To: Graybeard58

Maybe queerness is the REAL reason NO is called the chocolate city?


23 posted on 09/04/2009 7:03:30 PM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: ScottinVA

24 posted on 09/04/2009 7:04:30 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: balch3

Interesting link confirmation between a communist holiday and homosexual “holiday”...


25 posted on 09/04/2009 8:11:09 PM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: rovenstinez

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.


26 posted on 09/04/2009 8:19:51 PM PDT by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: fwdude

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.


27 posted on 09/04/2009 8:26:59 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: balch3

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.


28 posted on 09/04/2009 8:36:03 PM PDT by Bogey78O (Don't call them jihadis. Call them irhabis. Tick them off, don't entertain their delusion.)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


29 posted on 09/04/2009 9:04:04 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: balch3

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.


30 posted on 09/04/2009 9:41:13 PM PDT by Def Conservative (Obama is a joke.)
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To: rovenstinez

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.


31 posted on 09/04/2009 11:29:30 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: BenLurkin

“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.


32 posted on 09/04/2009 11:42:57 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: fwdude
....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.

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.

33 posted on 09/05/2009 2:34:17 AM PDT by Mila
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To: Berosus

Given the lowlife who prefer to live there, it was inevitable that it would turn out that way. :’)


34 posted on 09/05/2009 4:38:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: BnBlFlag

Yeah, the architecture is something else, as well as the street musicians you find.


35 posted on 09/05/2009 7:02:48 AM PDT by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: Mila
I guess I was generalizing - talking about the French Quarter, after 9:00 P.M. But then, isn't this what everyone thinks about when they hear "New Orleans?"
36 posted on 09/05/2009 7:04:53 AM PDT by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: Mila

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.


37 posted on 09/05/2009 7:07:57 AM PDT by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: balch3

Here’s guessing ABC won’t follow up and cover the lewd and promiscuous behavior associated with this event.


38 posted on 09/05/2009 9:26:47 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: balch3
Post-Katrina Gay Mardi Gras in New Orleans:

Sign: "Bridge is out -— Use Back Entrance"

39 posted on 09/05/2009 9:31:01 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: balch3

a hurricane will seem like a party compared to what they will face in eternity if they continue on this path.


40 posted on 09/05/2009 11:30:10 AM PDT by Awestruck (Now if we can only get the rest of the "republican" leaders to stand up to the liberals.)
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To: balch3
"...I'm so happy gay."
41 posted on 09/05/2009 12:53:53 PM PDT by Allegra ( Socks)
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