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Southern Decadence returns to New Orleans Aug. 30-Sept. 3

The LGBT community celebrates with a parade, parties and more in the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny



The 46th annual Southern Decadence celebration, which comes just weeks after Decadence organizer, LGBT activist and Ambush Magazine publisher Rip Naquin died Aug. 8, includes a parade, parties, the Mr. Leather Louisiana contest and other events at bars and venues in the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny. The Bourbon Street Extravaganza is a block party centered at Bourbon and St. Ann streets from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The annual costume and drag parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Golden Lantern (1239 Royal St.) and circles the French Quarter. It's led by grand marshals Persana Shoulders, Princesse Stephaney and Coca J Mesa.

  Ambush holds its annual Bead Toss at 4 p.m. Saturday at 828 Bourbon St. This year, Southern Decadence raises funds for New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) and Dodwell House. Last year, events raised more then $27,000 for NOAGE and Animal Rescue New Orleans. Visit for schedule.

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