Southern Decadence is a 5-day weekend of costumes, parties and parades celebrating the LGBT community. The events attract over 150,000 people and create a nearly $200 million economic impact. The Sunday parade is always the highlight for me. Drag queens, dance troupes, pride groups and other revelers worked with the “Decadence Takes The World” theme in costumes accented with red, white, blue and purple.
Every year, the weather is an issue – switching between hot-as-heck glaringly sunny days and deluges of rain. This time we got both but I was home before the sky poured so I was a little glad to be watching rather than dancing with my Pussyfooter sisters.
Dance and costuming troupes and bands included Purple Pirates of Decadence, Pussyfooters, Krewe of the Rolling Elvi, AUX, Roux La La, Bearded Oysters, Mystic Krewe of P.U.E.W.C., Disco Amigos, Sirens, Muff-A-Lottas, Black Storyville Baby Dolls, El Lucha Krewe, Mystic Krewe of the Lords of Leather, Star-Steppin’ CosmoNaughties, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, Krewe of Goddesses, Organ Grinders, High Quality Dancers, NOLA Showgirls, The Big Easy Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pair-a-Dice Tumblers, New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus, Sexy Cajun Navy, Mermoux and the Flaming Flagetts. Second line favorites DancingMan504 and Jennifer Jones danced along as well as members of NOAGE (New Orleans Advocates GLBT Elders) and the LGBT + Archives Project of Louisiana “Get our history out of the closet.”