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PHOTOS: Southern Decadence brings bawdy Labor Day fun to New Orleans

Southern Decadence 2023 attendees

The Big Easy got hard (pun intended) over the Labor Day holiday weekend with the spectacular – and sexually charged – display of pride and camaraderie that was Southern Decadence 2023. With this year’s theme Wicked, Wild, & Wet, the event was all that and more…

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Started more than 50 years ago, Southern Decadence has since blossomed into one of New Orleans‘ most significant events, drawing upwards of 250,000 mostly gay men with a smattering of lesbians and other queer participants each year.

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Southern Decadence 2023 Co-Grand Marshal Jimmy Gale

“There is no event like Southern Decadence anywhere else in the world. What began as an intimate bar crawl with friends, has grown to be one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in the world,” explained Jimmy Gale, a New Orleans LGBTQ+ activist who served as one of this year’s three Southern Decadence parade grand marshals.

Southern Decadence 2023 attendees

“Southern Decadence is a celebration of the resilience of New Orleans, our diverse and colorful communities, and the freedom to be who we are without apology. New Orleans finds inspiration in adversity and any excuse to celebrate is all we need.”

Southern Decadence 2023 attendees

Beyond the parade there were dozens of parties with top DJs and hot go-go dancers, drag shows and brunches, and bar hopping throughout the multi-day celebration.

Southern Decadence 2023 attendees

The Mystic Krewe of the Lords of Leather also held its annual Mr. Louisiana Leather contest, which has become a Southern Decadence must-do. This year’s contest drew nine contestants from Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast region, who showed off their best bar wear, jockstraps, and kink gear.

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Current Mr. Louisiana Leather 2023 Paribe Meyer and Lords of Leather President Brock Andersen

Following some “stiff” (oh, how the puns keep coming) competition, Gale added Mr. Louisiana Leather 2024 to his Southern Decadence Grand Marshal title.

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Much of the Southern Decadence revelry simply took place on the streets of the French Quarter with near 24-hour block parties outside of Golden Lantern, The Phoenix, and Bourbon Pub & Parade.

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The dates for Southern Decadence 2024 are Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2.

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