New Orleans Pride Parade

Don’t miss New Orleans Pride 2018! The New Orleans Pride Parade on Saturday June 9th will be open to 5,000 participants this year. The route will begin on Elysian Fields, proceed down Royal, Frenchmen, Decatur and Canal Street before making it’s way down world famous Bourbon Street. Anyone can be a part of this LGBT+ parade; schools, organizations, dance groups, churches, businesses, individuals and more. For more information on the parade, visit NewOrleansPrideFestival.com.

Background

New Orleans pride began in 1971, when the newly-formed Gay Liberation Front of New Orleans presented a “Gay In” picnic in February in City Park.  The was the very first such event in the entire state of Louisiana.  Several other gatherings were held throughout the city that year, and intermittently thereafter until it became an annual event in 1978.  The 1978 event, held in Jackson Square, was the first to be identified as “gay pride.”  Later that year, a larger event called “Gay Fest” was presented in Washington Square, just outside of the French Quarter.  The first street parade was held in 1980.  In 1981, the event moved to Armstrong Park, and was emceed by New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres.  An event of some nature has been held almost every year since.  In 1995, the celebration was rescheduled from June to Fall.  In 1998, the festival was moved back to Armstrong Park, and in 2002 the parade was rescheduled from Saturday afternoon to Sunday night.