The long weekend included non-stop debauchery in the French Quarter, two parades, pool parties, circuit parties, lots and lots of shirtless guys, and, of course, a few grumpy protestors who tried and failed to put a damper on the gaiety and jubilation. Scroll down for a small sampling of the shenanigans, and see the full gallery over at GayCities…. Jimm Wiedeman Beignet is southern decadence, for me.
By Andrew Collins. One of the world's great party destinations, it's not exactly shocking that New Orleans - with its liberal attitudes about everything from sexuality to cocktails - is a top destination for gay and lesbian clubbing and bar-hopping. But as New Orleans has become more mixed and eclectic in recent years, a number of mostly hetero bars Uptown and elsewhere in the city have developed a somewhat gay following. You'll also find some great cafes and restaurants around the city that act as social hubs for the LGBT community and the city's many gay visitors.
And if they have been there, the city is fixed in their minds as the way they experienced it: the parties at Mardi Gras, the hookups at Southern Decadence, the bucolic families at Papa Noel, the students flooding Uptown. There were also four stints living there, first in college at Tulane, then later at Xavier , then after I was married. I returned out of love for the city and the people and left each time because a job opportunity called.
E-mail Rod. This is Southern Decadence weekend in New Orleans. Decadence is a gay French Quarter festival. Is it a good thing or a bad thing for the gays?