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Eight very gay things happening in New Orleans this spring

Spring Flowers in New Orleans. (Photo: Zak Smith)

Springtime in New Orleans means warm weather, crawfish, and, oh yeah, festivals! There is no shortage of special events hoppening, er, happening this spring, many of which cater specifically to the LGBT crowd. We rounded up a few for you.

Spring Fiesta: Home & Courtyard Tours

Saturday, March 30, 2019, Sunday, March 31 , 2019, Saturday, April 6, 2019, and Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1-4 p.m.

Delight in the grandeur of the past by visiting lavish private homes and lush courtyards in the French Quarter, Garden District, and Uptown neighborhoods. Special guided history and architecture tours of the French Quarter are also available, as well as a promenade, parade, and gala event on April 6. Tickets are available for purchase HERE

Rainbow Run

Sunday, March 31 from 6:30-9:30 a.m.

Slip on your running shoes and join the 6th Annual Rainbow Run. A portion of the proceeds benefit the New Orleans Advocates for LGBT Elders, which provides assistance to older adults who identify as LGBT. You can run the 5K, walk the 1K, or sashay your way to the finish line!

Gay Easter Parade (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Bunnies in the Big Easy

Friday, April 19, 2019 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of one of the gayest Easter eggstravaganzas in New Orleans, which also doubles as a fundraiser for the Annual Gay Easter Parade. Proceeds from the parade go to Food for Friends, a program by the NO/AIDS Task Force that provides healthy meals to people living with HIV. The night includes live Easter basket raffles, bunny boys, and live entertainment. An open bar to ensure things stay hoppin’ the whole night long. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Gay Easter Parade

Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Put on your best Easter bonnet and head down to the French Quarter for the Annual Gay Easter Parade. Now in its 20th year, this family-friendly event showcases colorful horse-drawn carriages, street performers, and brass bands. There are also costumes, floats, and, of course, lots and lots of drag.

Jazz Fest (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Jazz Fest

April 26, 2019 through May 5, 2019

This annual celebration of the music, art, culture, and heritage of New Orleans attracts people from all corners of the globe. In 2018, over 425,000 people attended the two-weekend festival. This year’s lineup includes several LGBT artists and allies, including the Indigo Girls, Big Freedia, Katy Perry, and Diana Ross. Buy your tickets HERE.

Champagne Stroll

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 5-9p.m.

Each year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, all the shops, galleries, and boutiques along Magazine Street stay open late for some after-hours spring shopping. Enjoy a leisurely stroll down the six-mile stretch, popping into your favorite stores for some bubbly, live music, and special offers.

Mascara Run

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 1-5 p.m.

This wacky scavenger hunt happens every Memorial Day. Participants meet at Clover Grill on Bourbon Street, where they are given a map. From there, they must hit every bar on the list, where they complete a challenge to win a select item of drag. The afternoon makes for some amazing people watching as drunken revelers race down the thoroughfare in high heels and feather boas trying not to spill their drinks.

The New Orleans Pride Parade on Bourbon Street (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Pride

Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, 2019

New Orleans boasts the fourth-largest LGBT population by percentage among metropolitan cities in the U.S. It has also won accolades including “Most Welcoming City” from GayCities. Naturally, Pride is a big deal for us. Every June, the gays and their allies descend upon the French Quarter for an entire weekend of rainbow revelry that includes parties, drag shows, dining events, and, of course, the annual Pride parade.

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