Every year, tourists swarming the Crescent City for Mardi Gras know to expect a raucous party, over-the-top costumes, and a whooole bunch of beads. Mardi Gras was the one day out of the year when cross-dressing in public was tolerated by police. Still, tensions with law officials ran high. The first gay krewe, Yuga, was formed in ; four years later, police raided the Yuga ball, arresting 96 krewe members for lewd conduct and disturbing the peace.
Are you considering a move to New Orleans? This unique city offers a melting pot of various cultures, creating a place like no other. But does it have a gay neighborhood? It might have a weird name, but the neighborhood of Faubourg Marigny is full of beautiful architecture. It declined during the s, but after Hurricane Betsy, the Faubourg Marigny began growing as a number of displaced Filipino Americans moved into the dilapidated area.
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.
New Orleans is without rival our favorite city to visit in the United States. The city is a melting pot of culture where French, American, African and Caribbean influences delight the senses. Out of these cultural traditions come delicious foods, iconic architecture and a vibrant music scene that you will only find in NOLA. The nightlife is known world-wide because the festivities keep going round-the-clock and the natural landscape in and around the city provide even more things to do and see in New Orleans. All of these factors make New Orleans the best gay destination in America.