Gay New Orleans
Mardi Gras, jazz and amazing food! New Orleans is a major tourist destination for so many reasons. Southern Decadence (the biggest LGBT circuit party in the south) takes place in “The Crescent City” every Labor Day Weekend but there’s a gay ol’ time to be had all year round.
If you’re a fair weather traveler, NOLA is the city for you. The climate tends to be mild in the winter and spring, while the summer and fall months are more humid.
Whether you’re driving or need to rely on public transportation, maneuvering around New Orleans is relatively easy. There is street parking available in the French Quarter and the famed streetcars will take you to several key destinations downtown. There are shuttle and bus services that will transport you from Louis Armstrong International Airport in Metairie to downtown New Orleans.
The crime rate in New Orleans is higher than many major cities in the United States. However, most incidents take place outside of tourist areas like the French Quarter. At night, visitors are encouraged not to travel alone on poorly lit streets.
The Gay Scene in New Orleans
The French Quarter is definitely the epicenter of the gay scene in New Orleans; the most happening spot being the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann.
Restaurants in New Orleans
Once your stomach calls for a break - and, with all these great restaurants around, it surely will - make sure to eat a global-NOLA-inspired fusion dish at Stella! Sample gumbo and crawfish pie at the gay-popular BYOB restaurant Eat and don’t forget to grab a café au lait and one of New Orlean’s signature beignets, powdered-sugar French bread doughnuts, at Café du Monde on Decatur Street.