With its 24-hour bar culture, great restaurants and relaxed pace, New Orleans is guaranteed to keep you entertained.
Music on practically every corner, its easy to get swept away in this oasis of calm and enjoy a few days in the Gulf Coast’s Big Easy.
The gay scene, though not confined to it, centers in the French Quarter or the Vieux Carre. This charming old world neighbourhood have lots of clubs and bars are within walking distance of each, so bar hopping is super easy. Bywater is another historic area that is also a great hangout spot.
New Orleans is a pretty integrated city, few areas or businesses feel exclusively gay. Rather, the queer vibe in the city seems to be strongest during major festivals such as the Southern Decadence Fest and Gay Easter Parade.
The Southern Decadence Fest is the largest event in New Orleans, the street party runs all day and night over the Labor Day weekend. Don’t forget to find out the theme for the party and colors – and get stitching to stand out and proud!
New Orleans has always had a reputation for tolerance and it remains one of the oldest gay-friendly cities in the Western hemisphere, marketing itself as the ‘Gay Capital of the South.’ Neighborhoods such as the French Quarter and Marigny are major destinations on the LGBT travel circuit.
For the quintessential New Orleans experience, take the streetcar St. Charles Line. The world’s oldest continually operating streetcar line, it began service in 1835. The 13-mile route is just gorgeous, taking you down tree-lined St. Charles Street past dozens of antebellum mansions. These streetcars are the real deal, most of them dating back to the 1920s. The mahogany seats and brass fittings make for an elegant ride. Don’t forget to pack your Easter bonnet!!