Southern Decadence – the gay Mardi Grass party – is back this year. The party had been on ventilation support in a post-Katrina New Orleans, but this year organizers say the event is in full swing.

The 37th annual Southern Decadence party draws nearly 100,000 revelers to the French Quarter over Labor Day weekend making it one of the city's largest annual events.

Sunday's huge parade is the main attraction of Decadence when grand marshals Paloma and Tittie Toulouse lead a procession of floats and costumed merrymakers though New Orleans' historic streets. The parade kicks off at 2PM at the Golden Lantern.

Other events over the weekend include:

Friday, August 29th: Lady Bunny gets outrageous in her hour-long stage performance at The Bourbon Pub starting at 8PM.

Saturday, August 30th: The largest dance event of Decadence is at The Bourbon Pub starting at 10PM and lasting till Sunday at 10AM.

Sunday, August 31st: After the parade enjoy Meltdown at the The Bourbon Pub, another outrageous dance party featuring Chi Chi LaRue and her boys. Meltdown is an official Black & Blue party and is presented by Bad Boy Club Montreal.

Set in the epicenter of the French Quarter, Southern Decadence offers an outrageous party in one of America's most festive neighborhoods – decadence is sure to follow.

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