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Friday, August 22, 2014

Southern Decadence 2014: Events, parties and full schedule

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge CHERYL GERBER

Southern Decadence began as a small party and parade among friends in 1972. Next weekend, the annual event will celebrate its 43rd anniversary, complete with multiple street parties, parades, drag shows and fundraisers — all to the tune of this year's official song: "Work Bitch" (by everyone's favorite Louisiana girl, Britney Spears, who has a strangely British accent in this song). 

This year's theme is "Under the Big Top: Welcome to the Gayest Show on Earth," and participants will show it off with the year's official colors: canary yellow, turquoise blue and pearl white. 

Reba Douglas, who performs regularly at the Bourbon Street watering hole Lucky Pierre's, is this year's Grand Marshal. Co-Grand Marshals are Chad Boutte and Aubrey Synclaire. 

Each year, Southern Decadence chooses a non-profit to which it donates proceeds from its various events, and this year it's Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) New Orleans

To kick things off there's a VIP Gala benefitting PFLAG at the House of Blues August 28. There'll be an open vodka bar, hors d'oeuvres, performances and a DJ, not to mention all the glittered shenanigans Southern Decadence is known for (in appropriate, official colors, of course), and about a million different annual events throughout the weekend to keep you dancing, drinking and letting it all hang out.

A full schedule for the weekend is below the jump. And a list of outrageous stories from Decadence past is here, to get you excited. 

Friday, August 29

7 p.m.- The Knights of Decadence Float Parade begins at Elysian Fields next to Washington Park.
9 p.m. - 2 a.m. - The Southern Decadence Block Party at The Phoenix (941 Elysian Fields Ave.)
11 p.m. - Annual Official Southern Decadence Grand Marshals’ Drag Show with grand marshals of Southern Decadence's past at Golden Lantern (1239 Royal St.)

Saturday, August 30

5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. - The 10th annual Bourbon Street Extravaganza: a free outdoor concert at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets with performances by Sandy Anderson, Inaya Day, Waylon Payne and Jeanie Tracy.

Sunday, August 31

11 a.m. - A Southern Decadence street party at Golden Lantern.
2 p.m. - The 40th Annual Official Southern Decadence walking parade starts at the Golden Lantern.
4 p.m. - The 21st Annual Official Southern Decadence Bead Toss, sponsored by Ambush magazine goes down at 828 Bourbon St.
9 p.m. -  RuPaul's Drag Race performers Willam Belli and Detox, plus the Southern Decadence Grand Marshals, perform at House of Blues.

Monday, September 1

2 p.m. - The 17th Annual Southern Decadence Survivors Outer Loop Bar Crawl, which begins with snacks at The Corner Pocket, then goes on to Double Play, Le Roundup and Voodoo Bar and ends with a BBQ at GrandPre's.

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