About Southern Decadence
This Labor Day weekend extravaganza is a cornerstone of queer culture in New Orleans and is our largest annual LGBTQ celebration. The six-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 31-Monday, September 4, 2023.
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 paid VIP Passes 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 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.
Those 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.
Whatever your ideal crowd or interests, there’s always something to make you feel right at home.
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.