New Orleans LGBT Festivals


New Orleans knows how to throw a party. That’s why LGBT travelers always seem to find a home away from home here. From lively festivals and parades to spirited nightlife and art & music scenes, you are sure to have a good time. New Orleans is fast becoming one of the most popular gay travel destinations in all of North America.

Gay Mardi Gras

There are eight Gay krewes in New Orleans - Amon Ra, Armeinius, Mwindo, Lords of Leather, People of Substance, Petronius, Queenateenas and Satyricon.  One Gay tradition that flourishes and attracts participants and an audience from across the globe is the Bourbon Street Awards held in outside the Bourbon Orleans Hotel on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann beginning at noon.  At 2pm every Mardi Gras, revelers head on over to Ambush Headquarters, 828 Bourbon Street, for the annual Krewe of Queenateenas [KOQ] Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss. Now in its 24th year, the bead toss is led by the KOQ's reigning King Cake Queen [KCQ], complete with changing balcony theme.

Gay Easter

The French Quarter is home to the Gay Easter Parade each Easter and Star Studded Drag Extravaganza auction

Southern Decadence – Labor Day Weekend

Southern Decadence is the largest gay festival of the South. Most street party activities take place in the immediate area of the French Quarter, and the dance parties are in the clubs. Since the gay bars never close, there is something happening around the clock. Some of the nation's best DJs work the crowds into a frenzy and a parade rolls through the French Quarter on the Sunday before Labor Day.  The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is in the middle of all the action that takes place on St. Ann and Bourbon Streets.

Gay Halloween

Weekend of festivities in the French Quarter as well as a schedule of events and the Lazarus Ball to benefit Project Lazarus.