Southern Decadence – 5 days of costumes, parties and parades celebrating the LGBTQ community – attracts over 210,000 people annually and creates a $250 million economic impact making it one of the top 5 annual events in New Orleans. It’s also one of my favorite walking parades of the year, an explosion of vibrant colors and fanciful costumes. This year’s theme was Fruit Salad: Come Toss a Good Time which led to a Carmen Miranda inspired spectacle. My Pussyfooter sisters ask why I don’t dance along with them on the route, but I’d hate to miss taking photos of the sexy, silly spectacle.
Jeff Goldblum led the way for walking krewes and dance troupes including the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi, Baby Dolls, Organ Grinders, Merry Antoinettes, Big Easy Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, New Orleans Louisiana Pups and Handlers, Mystic Krewe of the Lords of Leather, Pair-A-Dice Tumblers, Krewe of Spank, Flaming Flagetts, Disco Amigos, Krewe des Fleurs, Roux La La, Mystic Krewe of P.U.E.W.C., Satin Dolls -N- Heels, Streetcar Strutters, the Morton’s Salt girls with tulle spilling from their salt boxes, Voodoo Scoots Scooter Club, Big Easy Rollergirls, Krewe de Lune’s Star-Steppin’ CosmoNaughties, El Lucha Krewe, Mermoux, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, Muff-A-Lottas, Krewe of Goddesses, Ritmeaux Krewe, Crescent City Fae, and NOLA Night Lights with their fabulous hula hooping.