There aren’t really any holidays that New Orleans doesn’t celebrate like a pro, but there are some that are our specialties. Halloween in New Orleans is one of those holidays that we do really well; we know how to party, we have some spooky history, and dressing up in costume is a regular occurrence in our social lives, be it on Halloween or just your typical Tuesday. As you plan out your Halloween costume, you’ll also want to make plans to partake in Halloween New Orleans.
On this episode of GoNOLA Radio, Dustin Woehrmann, Marketing Chair of Halloween New Orleans, joins our hosts Lorin Gaudin, Mikko, and George Ingmire in giving us the low down for this jam packed LGBT-friendly Halloween celebration. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Halloween New Orleans, and the theme is “Chapel of Love,” which couldn’t be more appropriate coming on the heels of the recent overturning of the DOMA by the Supreme Court.
Thursday night’s ball is the kickoff to the festive weekend held at the Boeing Center at the WWII Museum, and this fancy event will be filled with excellent food, music, and a silent auction. Friday night is the night for hard core dancing and DJ music, and will be held at the newly renovated Civic Theatre which was the location of the very first Halloween New Orleans 30 years ago. Saturday night is the main attraction and is expected to have around 3,000 attendees. Hosted by Mardi Gras World, costumes are required, and as you party the night away you’ll want to stay at least until midnight for a big show surprise. Sunday brunch the next day will feature all you can eat chicken, New Orleans music, and a classic second line to walk it all off.
Though Halloween New Orleans is an LGBT event, everyone is welcome, and locals and visitors, gay and straight alike look forward to jumping in on this spectacular celebration. The thing that makes Halloween New Orleans even better is that all proceeds from the event go to Project Lazarus, an important local organization that helps heal and empower people with HIV/AIDS through wellness, housing, and more support services. So you can have a blast while your funds go to a very worthy cause.
With the epic parties of Halloween New Orleans on October 24 – 27, as well as a Saints game here at home on October 27 and Voodoo Fest November 1 – 3, Halloween partying in New Orleans will last a good week and a half. You know we couldn’t get it all done in one night!
Halloween New Orleans
October 24 – 27
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