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Costume Culture in New Orleans

There’s a lot to celebrate in October including our big LGBT dance events and VooDoo Festival!

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Visit Fifi Mohony's for incredible wig creations, makeup and more. (Photo from video)

Whether it’s Halloween, or a random Wednesday, costuming is always a great idea in New Orleans. We dress up for Red Dress Run, Mardi Gras and we might just dress up to have drinks at Good Friends. But since Halloween is obviously our favorite holiday, we put together some ideas for the upcoming weekends.

October 20-22

Cocktoberfest – The Krewe of Armeinius (one of our gay Mardi Gras krewes) that is about to celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year, is having a fundraiser to kick off Cocktoberfest. A festive night of German food, beer and entertainment, the event is held at “the den” where Mardi Gras costumes are created. You can see it featured here on Max and Kyle’s Great NOLA Adventure, Episode 2.

Halloween New Orleans (HNO) – The giant LGBTQ fundraiser for Project Lazarus is in it’s 34th year with events on Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22. This year’s events were moved up a week to make it easier for you (the following weekend is usually harder to book). There is always a theme and this year’s is “HNO 34: BOOgie on the Dance Floor” (think Studio 54 Disco!) Saturday’s Main Event takes place at House of Blues and is a costume required dance party headlined by International DJ and Remixer, DJ Chris Cox. There will be a costume contest, disco music room, VIP area and more!

For the first time, Sunday’s event will be a Tea Dance on the Pier at the base of Crescent Park. We are welcoming Australian DJ Kitty Glitter for her first NOLA performance. If you haven’t heard her podcasts, look them up! There will be a festival area, food trucks and great music on the pier. For more info on the HNO Weekend events, visit their website. To enter the Probably This Halloween Sweepstakes, click here.

Krewe of Boo -Our big Mardi Gras-style Halloween parade is also happening on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. and runs from the Marigny to the Warehouse District. You can catch it on the way to the party.

October 28-29

The local gays are very excited that the HNO events don’t overlap the VooDoo Music Experience this year. The three day festival of music and art includes names such as Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Flow Tribe and over 60 other performers! This event is second in size only to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

October 31

No matter how many times you’ve dressed up the previous weekends, everyone will be out again on Halloween night for more. Expect packed crowds of people in costume parading down Frenchmen Street and all through the Quarter. If you go elaborate with your weekend costume, then maybe a quick shake-and-go wig is in order here.

Places featured to bring your costume together:

Fifi Mahony’s: Custom Wig Shop/Salon and Makeup Store in the French Quarter

Jefferson Variety: Raw materials for costuming including fabric, glitter, masks and more.

Cate Swan: Costumer and Drag Queen

Allan Herrera: Custom Costumer

The Troubadour Hotel, a new downtown hotel with amazing 360 degree views of the city from the rooftop bar.

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