Official Southern Decadence XXXVII (37)
Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2008



Southern Decadence Grand Marshals 35

Tittie Toulouse & Paloma


Silver, Black & White

Bad Girls in September
Mix: Brian McCombs/Concept: Chris Allen

Photo © 2008 Larry Graham, GrahamStudioOne.COM)

The only Official Sponsors of Southern Decadence:

Glazer Company Liquors
Larry Graham: GrahamStudioOne.COM


Southern Decadence Grand Marshals [SDGMs] XXXIV: Electra City, Guadalupe and Marcus Martinez  announced their successors, Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XXXV, Tittie Toulouse and Paloma at the Official Southern Decadence Coronation Sunday, May 25th, at Cafe Lafitte in Exile, 901 Bourbon Street. The new grand marshals set the tone for the 37th annual Official Southern Decadence celebration. Their chosen theme is DECADENCE DOES DISCO; colors: silver, black and white; and Official Song: Bad Girls in September (Mix: Brian McCombs/Concept: Chris Allen. The Official Sponsors include: Ambush Mag, Bud Light, Cactus Juice Burst, Crown Royal, Cruzan Coconut Rum, Ketel One Vodka, Larry Graham: GrahamStudioOne.COM, Makerís Mark Whiskey, Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli, Queen Fashions, and SouthernDecadence.COM. They chose Poncho and Ken Grandpre as Parade Lieutenants. Revelers can now rush out and create their interpretations of the theme and colors.

Gustav Cuts Southern Decadence Short

The approach of Hurricane Gustav brought the giant 37th Southern Decadence weekend to a close early cancelling all events on Sunday, August 31 and Labor Day, September 1. The 35th Southern Decadence Parade and the 15th Southern Decadence Bead Toss were cancelled on Sunday, as well as the 11th Southern Decadence Survivors Outer Loop Bar Crawl on Monday. Additionally, the 4th Bourbon Street Extravaganza was cancelled on Saturday, August 30. Early estimates from area businesses predicted this to be a record weekend based on huge increases in business on both Thursday and Friday, August 28 and 29. Southern Decadence events on those days brought in the crowds for French Quarter events and the Leather Block Party in the Marigny.

A voluntary evacuation was called by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Due to this call the majority of hotels put all guests out at noon on Saturday, August 30, leaving them on the streets. In spite of the evacuation, Saturday night was also a very profitable one in the gay community.

The mayor called for a mandatory evacuation on Sunday and all remaining tourists and locals were urged to leave the city. Flights had to be rescheduled since the airport closed at 6pm on Sunday. Many tourists had to rent cars to leave the city. And several tourists ended up staying with locals who chose to ride out the storm.

Luckily the affects of Gustav were minimal in New Orleans. However, our friends in Baton Rouge, Lafourche Parish and Terrebone Parishes were not as lucky. Severe damage occurred in these areas as well as other areas across South and Central Louisiana. Please consider making donations to the various relief organizations, especially the Red Cross, to help Louisiana citizens in need.

The 38th Southern Decadence Celebration of Gay Life, Music and Culture is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1 through Labor Day, September 7, 2009. For the latest, visit SouthernDecadence.COM.

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