New Orleans Pride – June 18-21, 2015

opens in a new windowNew Orleans Pride, one of the fastest growing pride celebrations in the nation, is taking place the third weekend in June this year. So many events make up this festival! Some are family-friendly, others are decidedly adults-only, so keep that in mind as you decide which to attend.

Patrick McDonald brings his one-man show to the Bourbon Pub on Thursday the 18th – be ready to laugh as you hear the travails in Hollywood and the Pacific Crest Trail of Polly Cockit and her Pocketbook, Barbara.  After all… what doesn’t kill you, only makes you blonder!

The big kick-off party will be held on Friday the 19th at Harrah’s Hotel Ballroom. The party runs from 9-11pm. You can have a chance to meet this year’s Grand Marshalls, Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield, a.k.a. the “Broadway Boyfriends” and stars of Survivor. Enjoy buffet style foods and a cash bar, and a keynote address by Ryan Sallans. The party celebrates the New Orleans Transgender community and will include a fashion show and entertainment by the Big Easy Buddies: Jersey Buddies.

Also on Friday is the Pride Girl Party at the The Always Lounge. The Girl Party consists of a variety show, followed by a Dance Party. You’ll love the drag, burlesque, comedy and so much more!

family-dayopens IMAGE file An All-Faiths Prayer Service on Saturday June 20, 2015 from 10:30am -11:30am kicks off the New Orleans Pride Festival in Washington Park. Following the service is Family Day in the park from 11am – 4pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy live music and over 50 vendors of food, drink and crafts. Take a rest after Family Day and come back in the evening for the Pride Parade, which rolls through the Historic French Quarter, starting at 7pm. After the parade, take the kiddies home and jump into the fun at the Pride Dance Party with DJ Blacklow at 10pm at Oz New Orleans.

Pride weekend winds up on Sunday the 21st with the Pride T-Party at The Bourbon Pub and Parade. Doors open at 3pm $10 cover includes Drink and Drown from 6-8PM. You’ll probably want to stay over in New Orleans on Monday to recover! Stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House to have a comfortable spot to sleep and enjoy our delicious home-cooked breakfast before you set out to relish the festival!

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