During the month of June, communities come together across the country to commemorate the LGBT rights movement in a celebration of pride. New Orleans designates June 9th to host parades and celebrations throughout the city. However, events continue throughout the whole month. Here are a few events to check out this week!
In association with “Dining Out For Life”, more than 50 local restaurants are donating 20-50% of their proceeds on Thursday, June 7th to fund the NO/AIDS Task Force. You can find a list of participating restaurants here.
The Allways Lounge & Theatre’s bi-monthly show Greetings, from Queer Mountain will be having a showcase on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. The show brings together storytellers from across the country to share stories evoking every possible emotion.
New Orleans’ Official Pride Parade starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 9th at the Phoenix bar on Elysian Fields Avenue. Track the parade route to catch a glimpse of the spirit and pride of this city or join in on the fun and follow floats around the French Quarter. Check out Girl Crush Rouge at Coyote Ugly on the parade route for the official women’s party of NOLA Pride at 6:30 p.m. Before the parade, head over to Phoenix Bar as early as noon and enjoy the daytime festival which features musicians such as “To Be Continued Brass Band”.
Chalmette Movies will offer 7:00 p.m. screenings of To a More Perfect Union: US vs. Windsor: Director Donna Zaccaro’s documentary is about the infamous court case regarding equal marriage rights for an LGBT couple married in Canada, yet unrecognized by the United States federal government.
The New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling league and Last Call: Queer Histories/Queer Futures will be hosting a dance party at One Eyed Jacks on the 9th at 9:00 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Sneaks and drag performances will feature Gayle King Kong, Laveau Contraire, Kat Snatch, and more.
If you’re looking to spend this month of pride discussing ideas with others also interested, use this Saturday evening to meet with a panel at the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans at 6:00 p.m. To jump-start the conversation, transgender rights activist Miss Major Griffin Gracy will address the group prior to the panel.
Also, Pride Glow: New Orleans Pride Kick-Off Party is from 9pm-2am, on June 8th at One Eyed Jacks. Buy your tickets online or at the door and bring your friends to see performances by LE1F, Delish Da Goddess, and Rica Shay.
For a full list of New Orleans Pride events, visit here.
Photos by Zach Brien