Southern Decadence is the perfect word for this late summer bacchanal. The parties rage all day on the streets of New Orleans from August 27-September 1—think Mardi Gras, but gayer. Each day offers a fun and sexy event. The weekend’s kickoff event is a contest that puts the “big” in “Big Easy”. The rest of the festival features all the “decadence” you could hope for: parades, extravaganzas, and contests. Luckily, you don’t need to sign up for specific events: these happenings are free! Be aware though: if you want a glimpse at exclusive parties, a weekend pass will get you into some special events. The highlight of the weekend is a parade complete with outrageous costumes and drum lines all in an oh-so-New Orleans environment.
Deciding where to book? The Windsor Court Hotel is offering a generous Anniversary Rate that happens to coincide with Decadence. Special prices begin at $195 per night and can be booked with the code “1984” now through September 22, 2014.