In 2017 and 2018, GayCities readers gave New Orleans the distinction of being named the second most welcoming city in the world. Why? Our locals. They are not only culture bearers, but also advocates for acceptance. In addition, New Orleans has a rich LGBT history complete with gay Mardi Gras krewes, too. It’s these things and a myriad of other reasons why people from all over the world flock here. And, because of our inclusion initiatives, which have helped us win this accolade, more and more people are discovering New Orleans.
For the first time since its inception, the WorldPride celebration is coming to the U.S. – New York City, to be exact. And to celebrate, New Orleans is participating as a gold sponsor and will be showing off all its glory with a Mardi Gras-style float in the Pride March. Our steamboat float has been decked out in Pride gear from the fantastic team at Mardi Gras World, and is ready to be seen by millions. So, catch us in the parade or during all the action at PrideFest (on 4th Avenue between Astor Place and Union Square) for sno-balls, a chance to win a trip to New Orleans, and take amazing Instagram-worthy pics.
As a way to show LGBT and allied visitors just how welcoming we really are, our local community and hospitality leaders, created a sticker program for businesses to display loud and proud.
Any business can display the sticker, by taking a pledge to being an inclusive and welcoming member of our city. These stickers will show our visitors safe spaces and businesses that are dedicated to supporting an inclusive environment.
For more information or to receive a free sticker packet, please email email@example.com.