Official Southern Decadence XLIV (44)

LABOR DAY WEEKEND Wednesday, September 2-Monday, September 7, 2015
 

2015 Southern Decadence Poster

SDGMs XLI (41): Steven Mora, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, Misti Ates, and Frankie Fierce
OFFICIAL THEME: Swimmin' with the Gods and Goddesses

OFFICIAL COLORS:
Lavender, Lime Green & Silver Lame

OFFICIAL SONG: “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, DJ JRB's Southern Decadence Pumped Remix

OFFICIAL CHARITIES:
LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, Louisiana Equality Foundation, PFLAG New Orleans (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Scholarship Fund

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SOUTHERN DECADENCE:
New Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XLI Steven Mora, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, Misti Ates, and Frankie Fierce set the course for the 44th Southern Decadence by celebrating the past, present and future with the selection of three charities. Your Southern Decadence team chose the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana to preserve the past, Louisiana Equality Foundation to preserve the present, and PFLAG New Orleans (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Scholarship Fund to preserve the future. All monies raised minus expenses benefits the 2015 charities.  

THE WHOLE GAY WEEKEND:

Southern Decadence: The WHOLE Gay Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Decadence Charities Receive $39,347.49

Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XLI Steven Mora, Rip Naquin, Marsha Delain, Misti Ates and Frank Wingerter presented a whopping $39,347.49 to 2015 charities LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, Louisiana Equality Foundation, and PFLAG New Orleans. The event was hosted at the Home of Southern Decadence: The Golden Lantern presenting each charity with $13,115.83 on Saturday, Dec. 26. This was the largest charity contribution in the history of Southern Decadence.

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The non-profit New Orleans Southern Decadence Inc. was formed in 2013 at the request of SDGMs XXXIX Tami Tarmac and Venus Santiago to ensure all funds raised going forward would be handled in a professional and credible manner. In the last three years, under the direction of Board of Directors James Garner, and Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain, a total of $68,880.45 has been raised for the grand marshals’ chosen charity or charities each year.

The 2015 grand marshals would like to thank everyone who made this quest a reality shining a light on the largest LGBT+ event in the South. And especially to all of the sponsors including:

Presenting - Ambush Mag, SouthernDecadence.com Official Website, The Golden Lantern, The Chicory, SKYY Vodka, Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard, OffBeat Magazine, Oz New Orleans;

Platinum - Bud Light, Bourbon Pride, Four Seasons & Patio Stage Bar, Gay Appreciation Awards, Tropical Isle: Home of the Hand Grenade, Jeffrey Palmquist & Coca Mesa, Bourbon Pub & Parade, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain;

Gold - Todd Blauvelt, Sir Speedy New Orleans, Pelican Bay, GrandPre's, Amzie Adams, Steve Tregre, La Familia, Little Vic's, Hotel Storyville, 3rd Base Bar & Grill, Double Play, Curtis Knapp Photography;

Silver - Larry Graham/Graham Studio One, Law Offices of Warren A. Forstall, Jr., Eugene Theriot & Dwain Hertz/Gene's Po-Boys, NOLA Fleur de Lis, Krewe of Petronius, Phoenix, Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop, Cafe Lafitte in Exile, Tulane Ave Bar, QT Pie;

Bronze - Larry Anderson & Michael Boulas, Safonda Peters & Stuart Nettles, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, A-MED Ambulance, Glinda's Jewelry by Design, Cutter's, Quartermaster Deli, Marshall Harris, Kajun's Pub, Helene Berot, Buffa's Bar & Restaurant, Mariners Inn, Cafe Fleur De Lis;

Pearl - Wicked Orleans, Crescent City Tour Booking Agency, Cary P. Oswald, SDGM 27 Errol C. Rizzuto, Mac McAll/Cutter's Bar, Jon & Derek Penton-Robicheaux, June Pennick, Glenn Paul Melancon, Gary Glitter, Fabulous Flowers, Michael Bingham, Donald Ellis, Treme' Coffeehouse, Jamie Hayes Gallery, GrrlSpot, Vinsantos, Michael Sullivan, Persana Shoulders, Stephen Alderdice, Wedon Brown, Larry Bagneris, Jr., www.ChristopherRyan.com, Jerry Scavo & Kenny Walker, Gene & Karen Riggleman.

The 44th Annual Southern Decadence celebration of LGBT+ Life, Music and Culture broke all records bringing in over 180,000 participants Labor Day weekend in 2015. With an economic impact of a whopping $216 million, this is one for the history books. The end of summer circuit weekend is the 5th largest in the city following Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest.

Totals from this 44th Annual Southern Decadence celebration have been added to the records kept by www.SouthernDecadence.com, the official website. Since 1996, the celebration has had a 1 billion, 705 million dollar economic impact on the New Orleans economy, with estimated crowds now totaling over 1 million, 757 thousand.

The 45th anniversary of Southern Decadence is Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2016. Stay tuned here at the Official Website of Southern Decadence for all the latest, or follow Southern Decadence at  www.Facebook.com/SouthernDecadenceNOLA.

44th Southern Decadence Breaks all Records;
Over 180,000 Raking in over $216 Million

The 44th Annual Southern Decadence celebration of LGBT+ Life, Music and Culture broke all records bringing in over 180,000 participants Labor Day weekend 2015 in New Orleans. With an economic impact of a whopping $216 million, this will be one for the history books. The economic impact may be much more since the spending average per person is based on a very conservative $1,200. The end of summer circuit weekend is the 5th largest in the city following Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest.

Totals from this 44th Annual Southern Decadence celebration have been added to the records kept by the official website, www.SouthernDecadence.com. Since 1996 the celebration has had a 1 billion, 705 million dollar economic impact on the New Orleans economy, with estimated crowds now totaling over 1 million, 757 thousand.

This year saw another first with five grand marshals leading the festivities including Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XLI Steven Mora, Rip Naquin, Marsha Delain, Misti Ates and Frankie "Fierce" Wingerter. This was also the largest parade in the history of Southern Decadence with over 1,000 participates. And funds raised minus expenses brought in the most money ever for Southern Decadence Charities at over $30,000 for the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana preserving the past, Louisiana Equality Foundation preserving the present, and PFLAG-New Orleans Scholarship Fund preserving the future. A complete financial report will be released as soon as all monies and expenses have been received and tabulated by New Orleans Southern Decadence Inc.

Don't miss out on the exciting 45th Annual Southern Decadence celebration Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2016. Keep abreast of the latest information available in Ambush Magazine (Official Southern Decadence Guide).

Stay tuned here at the Official Website of Southern Decadence for all the latest, or follow Southern Decadence at  www.Facebook.com/SouthernDecadenceNOLA.

Southern Decadence Breaks More Records

Southern Decadence breaks more records, this time on Facebook!!! Over the past two weeks www.Facebook.com/SouthernDecadenceNOLA had a "Total Reach" of 438,257 with "People Engaged" at 41,491.

The Facts: Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, "Weekly Total Reach" 271,360, "People Engaged" 26,589;
Sept. 7 - Sept. 13, "Weekly Total Reach" 166,897, "People Engaged" 14,902

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41st Southern Decadence Grand Marshals Lead Largest Parade in History of the Holiday Weekend

Southern Decadence Grand Marshals XLI Steven Mora, Rip Naquin, Marsha Delain, Misti Ates and Frankie "Fierce" Wingerter made history in 2015 leading the largest parade of Southern Decadence. With over 1,000 participants in the parade, and an estimated 40-50,000 along the parade route, it was a spectacle to behold. Much like Elizabeth Taylor's portrayal of Cleopatra arriving in Rome, the grand marshals and their entourages stretched almost two city blocks leading the colorful assortment of gods, goddesses, kings, queens, mermem, mermaids, groups, bands and individuals celebrating Southern Decadence XLIV.

It kicked off with the 41st Southern Decadence Parade banner carried by members of the Appletini Review.

>The youngest Grand Marshal Frankie "Fierce" Wingerter, as King of the Mermen, kicked off the parade with his entourage, many scantily clad. They included Tony Leggio, Topher JB, Carla Rabasca, Keith Hernandez, Jody Cotes, Jason Emrick, Monique Michaels, Matt Feline, Derick Lindsey, James Roberson, Mr. Gay Canada 2012 Brian Webb, Nick Helmer, Michael Bingham, Jasmine Essex, Joshua Arnouville, Tiffany Alexander, Bradley Latham and Karli LaCorre. The costume included back piece by Bruce Orgeron; leather harness, loin cloth, and cuffs by Scott Garrett of CUIR; and lieutenants costumes by Jody Cotes and Monique Michaels, with sequin shorts courtesy of QT Pie.

According to Frankie, "My experience leading the parade was the time of my life. It was a dream of mine as a local boy to lead the SD parade. Mind blowing and life changing! Thank you to all my lieutenants and entourage. Thank you to all the former SDGMs for everything to make me a better GM. Thank you Reba Douglas for making me SDGM, and thank you New Orleans for all the support!!!"

>Grand Marshal Misti Ates as the Roman God Mars followed with an entourage of Roman Gods and Goddesses. They included lieutenants Catherine Gaither, Electra City, Philip Palumbo, Raymond DuBose-La Fontaine, Persana Shoulders, and entourage Rachel Bufkin, Sharon Barreca, Sherri Melton, Marshall Harris, June Pennick, Ethan Ates, Christopher La Fontaine and Tittie Toulouse. The costumes were designed by John Joseph Delgadillo.

According to Misti, "Leading the parade was so surreal... it was amazing to have so many of my friends and some family members who marched with me... It was so wonderful to see a lot of familiar faces in the crowd that was cheering us on as we were walking by... As I was walking, I thought about how I wanted to freeze this moment in time so it would not end... I thought about all the grand marshals who walked before me years ago and how that I hoped I would leave an imprint in people’s heart and minds as so many of them have... A special moment I will never forget is when my Co-GM Frankie Fierce and I went to do the toast at GrandPre’s... There were several of the previous GMs there and they came up and congratulated us and shared in our toast... And of course, the moment we turned on Bourbon and St. Ann, was amazing!!! All I can say is thanks to everyone who did their part, both big and small, to make this parade a huge success on so many levels... Thanks for the memories..."

>Grand Marshal Steven Mora was next as Posiedon, God of the Sea, with an entourage carrying his train which was 33.5 feet long, and included a portion of the historic Sea To Sea Rainbow Flag which was at the Supreme Court on June 26th for the historic court ruling same sex marriage legal in all 50 states. His costume was designed by Elizabeth Zibilich, and included the Sea To Sea Rainbow Flag (section 93 of a 1.25 mile flag created by the originator of the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker), in care of Mark Ebenhoch. His entourage included Chad Boutte, Derek and Jon Penton-Robicheaux, Amanda Thompson, Eugenie Orgeron, Florida State Representative David Richardson, lead plaintiffs in marriage equality case Florida Aaron Huntsman and married partner William Lee Jones, lead plaintiff in marriage equality case Alabama Paul Hard, New Orleans attorney Taetrece Harrison, Joseph and Shannon Cubria Farris, Clarence Jackson and Louisiana Equality Foundation volunteers.

According to Steven, "Leading the Southern Decadence Parade meant we had accomplished a lot as a team of 5 Grand Marshals and it was our day to celebrate with the community, showing our successes in our prideful faces and amazing costumes. We walked as one, although we had our groups with us, one behind the other. It was the fireworks to our celebration and hard work!"

>The final Grand Marshals Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain, as Marc Antony and Cleopatra, rode in on a New Orleans themed mini float. They were accompanied by three Sally-FLYs Jeffrey Palmquist, Solitaire and Monica-Synclaire-Kennedy, and their entourage of Coca J. Mesa and Athena Jewelle. Their ornate costumes were designed by Sally-FLYs Opal Masters and Darwin Reed who spent 150 hours on the masterpieces.

According to Rip and Marsha, "Although we were in the wings for 22 years as Susan Lucci's, we could have never imagined the thrill to finally lead the 41st Southern Decadence Parade! From our sensational costumes, to the thousands of well wishers along the route, this day ranked as one of the best in our 42 years together as a couple. It was more than we ever expected it to be. This is one on our bucket list that would not have been possible if it were not for our dear friend Southern Decadence Grand Marshal XL Aubrey Synclaire who chose us as her successor. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And to the entire LGBT+ community, your help and support this whole season was unbelievable. Thank each and every one of you, and our 85 sponsors."

> Their were numerous groups who made the parade simply the best. Some included: Black Storyville Babydolls, AUX Colors in Motion, Satin Babydolls, Star-Steppin' Cosmo-naughties, Muff-A-Lottas, Jailhouse Rockers, Krewe of the Rolling Elvi, PussyFooters, Disco Amigos, Lords of Leather, Pair-A-Dice Tumblers, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, The Organ Grinders, Roux La La and more.

Southern Decadence 2015 Financial Report:

2,000.00 Account Reserve

18,711.06 Sponsorships

Events:

1,001.00 SDGM Announcement Party @ Oz

1,778.00 SD Gospel Brunch @ Pelican Bay

1,548.00 SD Shrimp Boil/Cookout @ Four Seasons

5,948.66 Decadence Says "I Do" @ Chicory

500.00 Petronius BBQ/Bingo @ Tulane Ave Bar

220.00 Girl Party/Sexxe @ Pelican Bay

275.00 2nd Potato Salad Contest @ GrandPre's

771.00 SD Brunch @ GrandPre's

1,281.00 Steve's 60th Birthday Bash @ The Friendly Bar

411.00 Southern Decadence Big Easy Sisters Bingo @ Phoenix

568.00 Swimmin' with the Goddesses @ 4 Seasons
 
2,354.00 Ambush's 28th GAA Gala @ Oz

405.00 Sippin' with the Sisters: Deviled Egg Contest @ Cutter's

2,650.00 SD Courtyard Soiree @ Jeff Palmquist & Coca Mesa's home

1,368.00 Johnny Passion's 2nd Smatch Game @ Pelican Bay

1,586.00 SD Hot Boy Auction @ Corner Pocket

1,573.00 SD Spectacular @ Bourbon Pub & Parade

524.00 Italian Feast of the Gods @ Golden Lantern

129.02 Singing on the Bayou @ Marshal Harris Mansion

5,620.00 Oz Turnabout & Buy A Boy Auction @ Oz

1,611.00 SD Benefit @ 3rd Base/Bay St. Louis

630.00 Sally-FLY Cookout @ Lafitte's

247.00 Gong Karaoke @ Kajun's Pub

1,150.00 Magnolia Cotillion @ Ambush Mansion

1,437.00 SD Costume Gala: "Y’all Come as Your Favorite Southern Decadent" @ Hotel Storyville

1,036.00 Sunday Decadence Social @ Double Play

36,621.68 Events sub-total

57,332.74 Total Funds

Expenses:

50.25 Parade Permit

1,640.00 Parade Police Detail

3,344.25 Parade Insurance

500.00 Parade DJ

470.25 Parade cleanup detail

25.00 Annual Report/Secretary of State

231.00 5 Sashes

10.86 50/50 Raffle Tickets

350.00 Poster creation

88.29 Poster enlargement

12.26 cash deposit fees

1,500.00 5 Pins

195.00 NSF checks returned from auction

30.00 NSF fees from returned auction checks

500.00 SD Costume Gala band

214.80 SD Costume Gala expenses

72.70 SDGM Luncheon expenses

00.49 Square charge

1,350.00 SDGM costume allowance

1,350.00 SDGM costume allowance

1,350.00 SDGM costume allowance

1,350.00 SDGM costume allowance

1,350.00 SDGM costume allowance

15,985.25 Total Expenses

41,347.49 Total after expenses

-2,000.00 Account Reserve

39,347.49 Charity Donation with 13,115.83 to LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, Louisiana Equality Foundation, and PFLAG New Orleans Scholarship Fund


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