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Women get in on Southern Decadence

For much of its 40-year history, Southern Decadence was a male-dominated event.

Well, no more. When a small female drag show in 2009 attracted more than 300 people, it became clear that there is a demographic for women-oriented events during New Orleans’ gay Mardi Gras.

Last year, Southern Decadence activities aimed at women attracted more than 1,500 people.  And this year, thanks to the efforts of Queerlesque founder Sara Pic, there are multiple events for queer women every night of Southern Decadence.

Dykeadence, as its being called, has already started, but many events are still to come. Friday night The Country Club there will be a “Get Wet!  Pool Party” from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; if it’s anything like the grrlspot event held there in May, it will not be something you’ll want to miss.

On Saturday, the renowned Queerlesque burlesque show will be back for two performances at 8 and 11 p.m. ($10 admission). Queerlesque is a burlesque show for and about the queer community and has gained national coverage since its debut. The last Queerlesque show sold out early, and the next one won’t take place until March, so people who want to see this unique and extraordinary event should arrive early to guarantee themselves a seat. Events before and after Queerlesque will be offered as well, ranging from a drum circle to a Beth Trepagnier concert at the Neutral Ground, and finally to a dance night at Club Entise.

On Sunday, Dykeadence will have its own spot in the Southern Decadence parade, led by NOLA Dykes on Bikes.  This is just the second time that an organized female group has participated in the parade. Women who’d like to meet up and/or participate are encouraged to show up at 11 a.m. at Tubby’s Golden Lantern.  Afterward, women can top off Dykeadence with this month’s grrlspot event at the Eiffel Society until 3 a.m.

For more information on Dykeadence, check out the organizations Facebook page.  It is important to the organizers that Dykeadence be a supportive, fun and safe environment for queer women, trans people, and people of color.  For more information or to participate in the parade, people can e-mail

If you are parade side and spot a girl with purple and red hair, come say hi to me.  I hope to see you all there.

Tulane student Maggie Migliozzi writes features and articles about the local LGBT community for NolaVie. She also is a NolaVie intern.


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