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Southern Decadence

August 30, 2024 - September 2, 2024

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About Southern Decadence 

This Labor Day weekend extravaganza is a cornerstone of queer culture in New Orleans. The multi-day event is often regarded as a combination of New Orleans Pride and Gay Mardi Gras, though with a bawdier, adult-focused twist. Southern Decadence attracts attendees from all over the world and encompasses street parties, concerts, club events, a parade, and much more. You can find all the information you need in our Ultimate Southern Decadence Guide, but here are the basics you need to know.

When is Southern Decadence? 

Southern Decadence 2023 will be held Thursday, August 30-Monday, September 2, 2024. 

When is the Southern Decadence parade?

The Southern Decadence parade is on Sunday and typically starts at The Golden Lantern at 2 p.m.

Where is Southern Decadence? 

Southern Decadence is primarily held in the French Quarter, however, LGBTQ+ bars, restaurants, and other venues across the city will be participating in Decadence weekend.  

Southern Decadence Tickets

Because there’s such a wide range of events, you’re bound to encounter a mix of free and ticketed activities. The Bourbon Street Extravaganza and the parade are always free, while purchasing tickets can get you access to exclusive parties. Be sure to consult the official South Decadence website for a full list of happenings and details on scheduling and costs. You can also search ‘Southern Decadence’ on Facebook or Eventbrite for other events.

Southern Decadence 2024 Events

 There’s no single event that defines Southern Decadence. Local businesses often organize their own events with exclusive deals, and the fun always spills into the streets, ensuring you don’t need a specific destination to fully immerse yourself in the experience. However, there are some annual events that newcomers and experienced revelers alike will want to look out for.

These typically include the Beer Bust at the Phoenix (Friday and Saturday evening), the Bourbon Street Extravaganza at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets (Saturday afternoon), and in classic New Orleans fashion, a Southern Decadence Parade (Sunday) that winds past some of the city’s notable queer hotspots.



Where can I find more information about Southern Decadence? 

If you're looking for more information about when to book travel, where to stay, and how to make the most of your Southern Decadence experience, see our Ultimate Guide to Southern Decadence here.