New Orleans, LA - We are thrilled to announce the 4th annual DYKEADENCE, celebrated over Labor Day weekend in New Orleans. Dykeadence is part of Southern Decadence, one of the largest gay festivals in the world. Since 2009, Dykeadence has organized safe, high quality queer Southern Decadence events specifically for women, trans people, people of color and friends. Organizer Sara Pic describes that she “saw the deep desire in our community to be a part of Southern Decadence. We were bystanders who simply wanted to get in on the debauchery of Decadence in a safe spacefor us.”

In 2009, at the first and only Dykeadence event, the club was packed beyond capacity. Since then,
more and more events joined the Dykeadence calendar and attendance has quadrupled. Even last
year in 2011, in the midst of a tropical storm, all of the events and parties still saw an increase in
attendance from 2010. Dykeadence event organizers are confident this trend will continue, with many
women traveling from cities as far away as Seattle and New York, as well as hundreds of women
from across the South.

Dykeadence 2012 features a pool party at a queer country club, a kinky costume party, drag king and queer burlesque shows, and social mixers and other parties. The blow-out last party of the weekend is Fleurt by GrrlSpot, which throws one of the hottest monthly parties for women and friends in New Orleans. GrrlSpot Director Christine Johnson relays, "I'm very excited about Dykeadence this year. We got a lot of great exposure for the women of Southern Decadence last year and we've already grown bigger and better for the upcoming year. GrrlSpot's 'Fleurt' was the largest event of the weekend and the most successful ever for GrrlSpot - this year, we're taking out all the stops."

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