About This Festival
From the Organizer
Southern Decadence started in 1972 as a simple going-away party. As a top gay Labor Day Weekend destination, it has evolved into one of our world's major annual events. It is one of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, and has become known as the "Gay Mardi Gras." People begin to arrive on the Wednesday before Labor Day, and generally don't even think about stopping or going home until the following Tuesday.