LGBT Pride Month is upon us, and as usual, New Orleans is pulling out all the stops. There will be no shortage of events to fill your calendar, so take a look at Online Optimism’s top picks for this June.
Friday, June 7
LGBT Pride Baseball Game
The New Orleans Baby Cakes will be hosting their second annual LGBT Pride Baseball Game. If you have a love for Pride and baseball, then the Shrine on Airline is definitely where you want to be on this Friday evening.
Address: 6000 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70003
Price: $10 at the gate
The Dancing/Queen Concert
The Dancing/Queen concert at the UNO Theater of Performing Arts will rock your world. This spectacular show will be performed by the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus and will feature the music of Queen and Abba. It really is a match made in heaven.
Address: 2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70122
Price: $18 online and $20 at the door
Saturday, June 8
Pride | Drag Brunch
Hosted by GrrlSpot, GIRL : Crush, and Pythian Market, Pride | Drag Brunch will be a fabulous way to start your Sunday. With 13 food vendors to make sure you’re fed, enjoy bottomless mimosas while watching the performances of Taze-Ya Ballz, Gia GiaVanni, Monica Sinclaire-Kenned, and DJ Senator KEN.
Address: 234 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
Price: admission granted with the GrrlSpot pass ($25)
New Orleans PrideFest
New Orleans PrideFest kicks the day off before the renowned Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8th. There will be revelry all around the French Quarter and Marigny areas, but the main feature will be found on Elysian Fields. Enjoy food, drink, and music from artists such as Big Freedia and Synes.
Address: 941 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70117
The New Orleans Pride Parade
In New Orleans, we celebrate the way we know best. The Pride Parade in the French Quarter has always been the crown jewel of New Orleans’ Pride Month. Sponsored by Access Health, the parade is among the largest gatherings of LGBTQ people in the United States.
Address: French Quarter
The New Orleans Pride Ball
Finish Saturday with a bang at the New Orleans Pride Ball, the afterparty for the Pride Parade. The event takes place at the Joy Theater, a stone’s throw from the parade route. Enjoy the music of Detroit Swindle, Jank Setup, and Bearded Lady Resident DJs. Tickets go on sale this week.
Address: 1200 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, 70112
Sunday, June 9
Don’t Be A Drag, Be A Queen at Bijoux
Don’t Be A Drag, Be A Queen at Bijoux is a great way to refresh and recharge after an eventful Saturday night. The drag show is hosted by Le Pavillon hotel and presented by drag queens Gia Giavanni and Coca Mesa. Enjoy the show with a spectacular brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas or bellinis.
Address: 833 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Time: 11:00am, 1:00pm
Price: $65 per person, call (504) 620 4126 to make reservations
Pride Close Out Party at Oz
To finish off the weekend nicely, check out the Pride Close Out Party at Oz, one of the best dance clubs in the country. With four bars, balcony access, and great people to share it with, Oz is the perfect place to start winding down your Pride celebrations.
Address: 800 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Monday, June 24
The Disco Ball Variety Show
Spend your Monday evening with Sunshine Edae and company at the Drifter Hotel. If you have a special talent, get your 5 minutes of fame onstage at the Disco Ball Variety Show! From juggling to unicycle riding to stand-up to singing, who knows what the community will bring to the table?
Address: 3522 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Price: $5 at the door, but free for performers!
Email [email protected] to sign up in advance if you plan of performing