NEW ORLEANS — More than 100,000 people turned out for Southern Decadence that takes place every Labor Day weekend in New Orleans.
Roughly 100 events took place across the Crescent City to mark the 44th annual event that began in 1972.
Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of the French Quarter on Sept. 6 for the annual Southern Decadence parade.
The Associated Press reported the parade included the flag that was flying at the U.S. Supreme Court when the justices announced their ruling in the Obergefell case that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in Louisiana and across the country.
Several of the marchers mocked Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). One man carried a sign in support of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that noted his support of LGBT-specific issues.
LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, Louisiana Equality Foundation and PFLAG New Orleans Scholarship Fund were named beneficiaries of this year’s event. Rip Naquin, an organizer of this year’s Southern Decadence who was also grand marshal, told the Associated Press that the event raised roughly $30,000 for the three organizations.
This year’s Southern Decadence took place less than a week after the 10th anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, which flooded up to 80 percent of the city after levees failed.