Official Southern Decadence XLIII (43) Highlights

LABOR DAY WEEKEND Wednesday, August 27-Monday, September 1, 2014

43rd Annual Southern Decadence

SDGM XL (40): Chad Boutte, Reba Douglas & Aubrey Synclaire
Under The Big Top: Welcome to the Gayest Show on Earth
Canary Yellow, Turquoise Blue & Pearl White
"Work: Bitch" by Britney Spears
PFLAG-New Orleans
OFFICIAL Sponsors:
Presenting - Ambush Mag
,, The Golden Lantern, House of Blues; Platinum - The Four Seasons & Patio Stage Bar, Harrah's New Orleans, GAA (Gay Appreciation Awards), Tropical Isle: Hand Grenade; Gold - Bud Light, Skyy Vodka, Quartermaster, Lucky Pierre's, 3rd Base Bar & Grill/Bay St. Louis; Silver - GrandPre's, The Corner Pocket, Allways Lounge & Theatre, Main Street Lounge/Houma, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts; Bronze - Phoenix/Knights d'Orleans, 700 Club, Bourbon Pub & Parade

43rd Southern Decadence Breaks Records with 160,000 Revelers & an Estimated Economic Impact of $192 Million
(by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain "the 'official' dish"

43rd Annual Southern Decadence Parade

Southern Decadence 2014 will go down in history as the largest celebration of gay life, music and culture in New Orleans breaking all records with 160,000 revelers earning the local economy an estimated $192 million. The economic impact may be much, much more since the spending average per person is based on a very conservative $1,200. Hosted every Labor Day weekend, Southern Decadence is the 5th largest event in the city following Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest.

Totals from this 43rd Official Southern Decadence celebration have been added to the records kept by the official website, Since 1996 the celebration has had a 1 billion, 489 million dollar economic impact on the New Orleans economy with estimated crowds now totaling over 1 million, 577 thousand.

Not only was this the biggest year for attendance and economic impact, but the 40th Official Southern Decadence Parade led by Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XL Chad Boutte, Reba Douglas and Aubrey Synclaire on Sunday was the largest ever with some 1,000 parade participants. With an estimated 40,000 lining the route through the historic French Quarter, this parade was indeed the largest event at Southern Decadence 2014. The parade had several large marching groups and bands celebrating the theme, "Under The Big Top: Welcome to the Gayest Show on Earth," many exhibiting the official colors of canary yellow, turquoise blue and pearl white.

The weekend boasted some 100 events from Wednesday through Labor Day Monday celebrating the end of summer bash bringing in mega stars, international DJs, porn stars, dancers, and much, much more.

Funds raised minus expenses benefit this year's charity PFLAG-New Orleans (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) scholarship fund. As soon as final expenses and monies are received, a complete financial report by New Orleans Southern Decadence Inc. will be released to the public.

Additionally, this 43rd celebration boasted twenty-two official sponsors, the largest number ever. Presenting Sponsors included Official Southern Decadence Guide Ambush Mag, Official Website, Official Home of Southern Decadence: The Golden Lantern (the largest sponsor raising $7,000), Oz New Orleans, and House of Blues.

Platinum Sponsors included The Four Seasons & Patio Stage Bar, Harrah's New Orleans, Gay Appreciation Awards, and Official Drink of Southern Decadence Tropical Isle's Hand Grenade.

Gold Sponsors included Official Beer Bud Light, Official Vodka Skyy Vodka, Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli, Lucky Pierre's, and 3rd Base Bar & Grill/Bay St. Louis.

Silver Sponsors included GrandPre's, The Corner Pocket, AllWays Lounge, Main Street Lounge/Houma, and Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts.

Bronze Sponsors included Phoenix/Knights d'Orleans, 700 Club, and Bourbon Pub & Parade.

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