New Orleans has a long history of embracing the LGBT community. After all, our very own French Quarter neighborhood hosts the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the United States: Cafe Lafitte in Exile. (Two of our own most notable former guests, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote, both famously drank there as well.)
Over the course of three days, New Orleans Pride weekend will host more than 20 parties and events, with plenty more offshoot activities, geared towards all members of the community and their allies. From family friendly activities to risque dance parties, read on to learn what you can expect from this celebratory weekend.
Friday June 9, 2017
A weekend of partying gets its start with a Pride Block Party at The Phoenix (941 Elysian Fields) at 9:00 p.m. The big event of Friday night is hosted by Fired Up! in association with SCRUFF. A number of nationally known DJs and entertainers will be partying alongside you, including DJ Honey Dijon (New York), DJ Vicki Powell (Atlanta), and DJ Mark O’Brien (San Francisco). Dress to impress, in whatever way makes you most comfortable. Costumes or leather are encouraged, and Mr. New Orleans Pride 2017 and Mr. Louisiana Leather 2017 will be co-hosting the celebration.
Saturday June 10, 2017
Saturday is a big day for New Orleans Pride, with PrideFest from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 941 Elysian Fields, featuring vendor booths and four hours of local and national entertainers and bands. This free event is the perfect way to get ready for the New Orleans Pride Parade which rolls through the French Quarter beginning at 7:30 p.m. The parade is expected to feature more than 2,700 participants including marching groups, floats, and more. Once the parade wraps up, head over to One Eyed Jacks where Jake Shears, former frontman for the Scissor Sisters, will be performing.
Lesbians will have two back-to-back parties to celebrate on Saturday night, starting with GIRLBAR, New Orleans Pride’s official girl party at The Bourbon Pub, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Once that party winds down, head over to The Parish at the House of Blues for Rouge, a red-themed dance party presented by GrrlSpot, with proceeds benefiting The New Orleans Family Justice Center, which works to help families and LGBT victims of domestic violence. The party starts at 8:00 p.m. and lasts until the wee hours of the morning.
Sunday June 11, 2017
Start your Sunday with Family Equality Day, hosted by Longue Vue House and Gardens from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The free event celebrates the LGBT parenting and family community in New Orleans and will feature numerous activities for kids, plus complimentary snowballs.
Here in the French Quarter, the Bourbon Pub and Oz host a full day’s worth of festivities. Sunday Funday “Pride Day” at the Bourbon Pub kicks off at noon and closes out with the Lipstixx Ladies of Pride Drag Show at 8:00 p.m. Across the street, Oz New Orleans features a “Pride Closing Blowout” party until midnight, beginning with a performance by Coco Montrese of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame at 4:00 p.m., followed by a show from rapper and hip hop artist Rica Shay.
Your Headquarters for New Orleans Pride
Not only is Hotel Monteleone located in the heart of the French Quarter and within walking distance of most New Orleans Pride events, we are also a proud member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association and TAG Approved as a LBGT-friendly hotel.