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10 Ways to Celebrate Pride in New Orleans

07:00 May 20, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

Queer Pride

New Orleans has been a long-standing bastion of queer joy and acceptance. Celebrate Pride Month in NOLA with the wide array of events, parties, and social action efforts that make the city the diversely queer and accepting place that it is.

NOLA Pride weekend is June 7-9 and is sure jam packed with fun and festive ways to celebrate. This Pride Month, connect to the New Orleans community, dance in the street, and celebrate being uniquely yourself. Here are 10 ways to celebrate Pride Month in NOLA.

1. PrideFest


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PrideFest is June 8 at The Phoenix Bar on Elysian Fields. The fest kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be a day full of joy and self-expression.

The fest will include live music, food, drinks, and everything needed to ensure a joyful and lovely celebration of queer identity.

2. NOLA Pride Parade


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The NOLA Pride Parade starts at 7 p.m. on June 8 and will run through the French Quarter and the Marigny.

Dance in the streets and cheer as queer NOLA icons and performers roll by during this local favorite parade. Come dressed in your must festive attire and be ready for a night of fun.

3. New Orleans Black Pride Community Festival


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New Orleans Black Pride Community Festival will be on Saturday, June 8 in Armstrong Park. The festival will include music, food, drinks, and festivities for all to enjoy.

There will also be performances and health resources, making it a truly intentional and community focused event. Celebrate intersecting identities at the New Orleans Black Pride Community Festival.

4. Pride Habitat Build


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Connect to the community and give back this Pride Month with the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity.

Join them on June 1, 14, 15, or all three days to work together with local members of the queer community to build a home for a family in need. The event will include both breakfast and lunch to fuel you for a day of hard work for a great cause.

5. Longue Vue Family Equality Day


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Longue Vue Family Equality Day at Longue Vue House and Gardens will be a family friendly day of pride celebration on June 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will include story time, dance performances, fan decorating, and a children's parade.

There will also be a community resource fair to create equal access and awareness of resources. This will be a day of fun in the sun to celebrate Queer love in a family setting.

6. Oz


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Oz is one of NOLA's most iconic gay bars. Any day of Pride Month, head to the Quarter to drink, celebrate, and be unapologetically queer.

Enjoy great drinks, dance worthy music, and anything needed to have an amazing time at Oz. Check out their multitude of Pride Month events and let the good times roll!

7. Golden Lantern


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Just a short walk away from the busy bar filled parts of the French Quarter, the Golden Lantern is another of NOLA's iconic gay bars perfect for grabbing a drink with friends, watching a show, or dancing the night away any day of the moth.

Enjoy their wonderfully eclectic decorations and settle in for a fun night. Make sure to visit their website to keep up-to-date on their upcoming events.

8. Grrl Spot Pride XII


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Grrl Spot is known as NOLA's only pop-up lesbian bar, throwing all night dance parties where people can be unapologetically themselves. They will be putting on a few great events over the course of Pride Month, including Pride XII.

The party will be at Cafe Istanbul in the Bywater on June 8 starting at 7 p.m. The night will include performances, music, drinks, and everything else needed to ensure a good time.

9. 2024 New Orleans Pride Gala


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The New Orleans Pride Gala is sure to be a night of fabulous attire, impeccable music, and an unbeatably good time. The event begins at 7 p.m. on June 1 at the LaBranche House, starting Pride Month off right.

The dress code is rainbow formalwear so make sure to dress to impress. Tickets include dinner and drinks and the event will include a silent auction.

10. History and Happy Hour


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Take some time this Pride Month to learn about the unique and rich history of queer culture in New Orleans. Join Phoenix Bar's French Quarter Pride Month walking tour and happy hour on Friday, June 23 starting at 8:30 p.m.

The tour is titled "A Walk through the Queer History of New Orleans" and will delve into the important, sometimes saddening, and resilient history of gay culture in NOLA. Grab a drink at Phoenix Bar and head out for an incredible learning experience this Pride Month!

Celebrate Pride All Year

No matter how you choose to celebrate this Pride Month, make sure to be unapologetically yourself and cheer for others doing the same. NOLA is full of beautiful ways to be queer and proud all year round, and June is surely no exception. Happy Pride Month to all!

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