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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

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Photo by Will Coviello

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 www.southerndecadence.com for schedule.

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