Southern Decadence, the famous and fabulous New Orleans pride festival, was founded on a sultry August afternoon in 1972 as an amusement for a group of tight-knit friends living in a ramshackle house near the French Quarter: part going away party for one member of the group and part distraction for a new member (from New York) who kept complaining about the New Orleans heat. The theme of the event was named Southern Decadence Party: Come as Your Favorite Southern Decadent, and all participants were to dress in costume as their favorite decadent Southern character. And so it was that another one-of-a-kind New Orleans event was born.

This year’s Southern Decadence festival will take place, as always, over labor day weekend. This year’s event will include a free outdoor concert starting at 5pm on Saturday, August 30, at the corner of Bourdon and St Ann. You can find more information about the Bourbon Street Extravaganza, as well as full details of the four day event, here.