If you’re familiar with Southern Decadence, you know all about the extravagant costumes, rainbows and partying that accompanies the holiday that has been dubbed “Gay Mardi Gras.” At the end of the month, the event will celebrate 41 years in New Orleans with its usual around-the-clock street party in the French Quarter with even more dance parties after hours. The festivities will start on Wednesday, August 29 and pick up steam as the event nears the big street parade on Sunday. The celebration will then wrap up on Monday, September 3 with the Southern Decadence Closing Party at the Bourbon Pub. For an event that started as a mere costume party, it sure has come a long way and now takes the crown as one of the most famous gay celebrations in the world. Let the partying begin!