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Pride weekend features parade and numerous events across New Orleans

New Orleans Pride Weekend is officially set for June 9-12, with the the Pride Parade scheduled for Saturday, June 11, but visitors can find events all month long, including Black Pride NOLA. Recognized as one of the most welcoming cities for LGBTQ+ people, it’s no surprise that New Orleans is a top destination for celebrating Pride. The monthlong festival features numerous events, including dance parties, drag shows and family-oriented activities. The parade, however, is the largest event of its kind in Louisiana, drawing roughly 2,700 participants and 70,000 spectators in years past. Listed here are just a few events scheduled in the days ahead.

Military Appreciation at Lafitte’s in Exile,  | June 9-10 | 901 Bourbon Street
Witness the opening of Pride Weekend by honoring our country’s LGBTQIA+ service members and show thanks and honor to the fact that all individuals are able to congregate in public and be themselves. Make sure you take a picture of the framed notice from the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board, posted at Lafitte’s on April 26, 1966, making it known that the Armed Forces declared the establishment off-limits to their personnel due to the risk of creating undesirable characters. Service members with a military ID get 25 percent off their bar tab.

Spots and Stripes at Good Friends | June 10-11 | 740 Dumaine Street

Last year Good Friends bar presented the pink party and flamingo’ed the whole place! This year the bar encourages patrons to wear animal print. Wigs, leggings, heels, harnesses, jocks, you name it!

Pride Fest 2022 | Phoenix Bar | June 11 | 941 Elysian Fields Avenue 

The Phoenix Bar is excited to celebrate Pride with riends near and far once again. NOLA PrideFest 2022 is in the works! Stay tuned for more info on entertainment, vendors, and more!

Pride Parade | June 11 

The NOLA Pride Parade will start at the Phoenix Bar and proceed down Elysian Fields Avenue to Decatur Street where it will continue through the French Quarter to Canal Street before turning right and then turning right onto Bourbon Street before ending between St. Ann and Dumaine Streets.

GrrrlSpot Pride | One Eyed Jacks | June 11 | 1104 Decatur Street
GrrlSpot is back and gayer than ever for New Orleans Pride Weekend! This time the event is over the new One Eyed Jacks location on Decatur Street in the heart of the French Quarter. The event will include DJs, dancers, plenty of bars and lots of babes in celebration of Pride month. Purchase advance tickets here.

Wet Jockey Shorts Contest at Corner Pocket | June 11 |  940 St. Louis Street

For the Pride Edition of The Corner Pocket’s infamous Wet Jockey Shorts contest, the competition will be open to all patrons (ages 21+). Arrive early to sign up. Take your best shot and take it off for your share of $250 in cash and prizes (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners). Contestants strip down to tighty whities (supplied) and get soaked to the bare flesh. It’s a revealing experience!  DJ Barry Bareass will hosts. Cash only.

Family Equality Day at Longue Vue | June 12 | 7 Bamboo Road 

Longue Vue House and Gardens will hold its seventh-annual Family Equality Day, a free Longue Vue Pride event, on Sunday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In keeping with the inclusive values of the house museum’s founders, Edith and Edgar Stern, Family Equality Day is an event that celebrates and recognizes families of all shapes, sizes, and definitions. This outdoor event is fun for all ages, with Drag Queen Story Time, dance and drag performances, fan decorating, a community resource fair, a culminating children’s march, and other surprises. The perfect way to spend the last morning of Pride. This event is FREE; reservations are required and capacity will be limited. Reserve now.

Hoe Down at Good Friends Bar | June 12 | 740 Dauphine Street

Come on out to Good Friends Bar & the Queen’s Head Pub. Throw on your favorite “Hoe Wear “(overalls, cowboy hats, tighty whities, boots, harnesses, etc.) and try the bar’s cowboy drink and shot specials.

For a complete list of Pride events across New Orleans, visit here.