New Orleans Pride is experiencing a bit of a renaissance as a single of the quickest growing Pride festivals in the country. Final year, Travel + Leisure named it as one particular of their “Nine LGBT Destinations to Visit This Summer season,” and people are beginning to notice. The events have been growing in quantity each year, and 50,000 plus folks are expected to swarm the city for this year’s parade.

We’ve outlined a handful of causes this year’s event will be even a lot more particular:

1. You could be IN the Pride Parade

There will be a 100-foot-lengthy rainbow flag major the parade via the French Quarter and down Bourbon Street, and volunteers are required to help carry it (sign up here). This is a genuinely special experience, and you will even get a T-shirt for assisting out! This year’s parade is set to have more than 1,000 participants, such as nine floats and far more than 70 groups.

two. It is also the annual Louisiana HRC Dinner

Some years these great events overlap, providing you a opportunity to add a tiny black tie to your rainbow wardrobe. The Gala and Auction occurs on Saturday, June 18 at the Hyatt Regency. The Common Reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards at six:45 p.m. This has been an essential year for LGBT rights, and this gala is not to be missed. You can get individual tickets and will be placed at a table, or you can host your own table. 3 incredible regional chefs will serve up the dinner, and there is an right after-celebration in a single of the suites upstairs in the hotel.

Attendees at final year’s HRC Gala. (Photo courtesy of Willow Haley)

three. This weekend is a excellent worth

There’s so much going on, and most of it is Free! Apart from the totally free Pride events, there’s also Cajun Zydeco Fest. If you’ve by no means heard this sort of music, you definitely need to check it out.

4. Girls, girls, girls

Pride is certainly a single time of year the girls will be OUT! Besides the Girl Party at the Bourbon Pub on Saturday (4 p.m. – eight p.m.), you will be specific to locate lesbians at Swirl Bar on Friday evening, at the HRC Gala, and enjoying the music in the city.


five. Bianca Del Rio is back!

Missing the “queen of mean”? The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, our hometown girl, Bianca is back to kick off the Pride festivities with a show at the Joy Theater. She’ll be joined by Drag Race alums Mrs. Kasha Davis, Milk, and Darienne Lake.

six. New this year: PrideFest on Bourbon

This year, New Orleans Pride is taking to the streets. On Sunday, June 19, the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann streets will turn into a musical stage starring Debby Holiday, Jai Rodriguez, Billy Francesca, Persana Shoulders and many more.

7. If you are still not convinced…press play

 For much more information and news on the city’s LGBT neighborhood, sign up for New Orleans’ LGBT e-newsletter here.

New Orleans Pride Parade on Bourbon Street becoming led by a giant rainbow flag.

(Leading photo courtesy Paul Broussard)


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