Beth says, Don't leave New Orleans without eating a barbecued shrimp po'boy at Liuzza's at the Track. Calling New Orleans gay-friendly is like saying red beans and rice is a good idea for Monday supper. The city has long been a landing spot for people of all stripes and polka dots — the artistic, expressive and the type that dances to their own drummer. Although Decadence, aka gay Mardi Gras is ground zero for off-the-charts partying, there are gay and inclusive bars and clubs that cater to the queer set year-round. Cis-genders welcome too. If it's leather lords you seek, The Phoenix on Elysian Fields is the premier destination for the gay, bear, pup and leather communities.
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Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday , the day before Ash Wednesday the start of lent in the Western Christian tradition. Usually there is one major parade each day weather permitting ; many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls some of them masquerade balls. The parades in New Orleans are organized by social clubs known as krewes ; most follow the same parade schedule and route each year.
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As a spoof of traditional Mardi Gras krewes, the Yuga ball featured a glittering presentation of royalty, including a Queen, King, Captain, debutantes and maids. Though no longer active, Yuga gave birth to other gay Carnival krewes, including the Krewe of Petronius and the Krewe of Amon-Ra, both of which are still active. Today it remains an important symbol of pride for the community and its allies. They are typically themed and feature dazzling handmade costumes and presentations of krewe royalty.
The flamboyant costumes, the arcane customs, the melding of the genteel to the occult, the heaping rainbows of beads: New Orleans Mardi Gras seems almost inherently, stereotypically gay. Every year, revelers of all types fill the French Quarter to celebrate Carnival, and Mardi Gras krewes parade through the city, invoking mystical rites and summoning unruly spirits. But, by the midth century, the elaborate balls that traditionally preceded the debauchery had become emblems of high society and landed gentry.