Your guide to New Orleans Pride 2018_lowres

A rider in the 2017 New Orleans Pride parade.

There are pride parades in cities around the world in early June, including Saturday, June 9 in New Orleans. The events celebrating the LGBT community are held in June to commemorate the uprising following a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969, a landmark event considered the beginning of a LGBT rights movement. In New Orleans, there is a parade, Pridefest at the Phoenix bar, parties and a host of related events throughout the week. There is information on official New Orleans Pride events and more at and

Pride: A Path to Self-Care

The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic's You Got This Mental Health Initiative hosts an LGBT wellness program with panel discussions, health screenings, mental health counselors and more at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marigny Opera House. Free admission.

LGBT+ Archive Project meeting

The group's annual meeting will feature a keynote address by Robert Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. The book examines the 1973 arson at a French Quarter gay bar that left 32 people dead, the largest massacre of gay people until a shooting left 49 dead at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016. The fire helped galvanize the LGBT movement in New Orleans. The Archives Project meeting is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Marigny Opera House. Refreshments are served. Free admission.

Dining Out for Life

More than 50 area restaurants are participating in the Thursday fundraiser in which businesses donate 20 to 50 percent of the day's proceeds to the NO/AIDS Task Force to support programs for people with HIV/AIDS. Participating restaurants include 14 Parishes, Banana Blossom, Cafe Degas, Fausto's Bistro, Jack Dempsey's, Jamila's Cafe, Mark Twain's Pizza Landing, MoPho, Nacho Mama's, Toups South and others. Visit for a list of restaurants and donation details.

Glow Pride kick-off party

New York rapper and producer LE1F and New Orleans rappers Delish Da Goddess and Rica Shay perform at a party at 10 p.m. Friday at One Eyed Jacks. There's also music from DJs Bouffant Bouffant, Ryan Tiffin and Father Figure.


There's a daytime festival outside the Phoenix bar beginning at noon Saturday. The music stage will host Amanda Shaw (4:30 p.m.), soul singer and dance music artist Pepper MacShay (3:30 p.m.), To Be Continued Brass Band with Mardi Gras Indian guests (2:15 p.m.) and Fagadelics (1 p.m.). Laveau Contraire is the emcee, and festival performers include Marhsall Harris, Giselle Trivianni, Lana O'Day, Blaine Bextor and ChiChi Rodriguez. There's a dunk-tank fundraiser, food vendors and more. The Phoenix holds Pride parties and events throughout the weekend.


Following an address by transgender rights activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, there's a panel discussion about people of color and youth of color in the LGBT rights movement. At 6 p.m. Saturday at the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans (2727 S. Broad St.).

New Orleans Pride Parade

The city's official Pride parade begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phoenix bar on Elysian Fields Avenue and circles the French Quarter on Decatur, Canal and N. Rampart streets. There are marching groups, floats, beads and more.

Queer as F*ck dance party

The New Orleans Ladies Arm Wrestling (NO LAW) league and Last Call: Queer Histories/Queer Futures host a dance party at 9 p.m. Saturday at One Eyed Jacks. There's music by DJ Sneaks and burlesque dancing and drag performances by Gayle King Kong, LibeRaunchy the BeauxQueen, Laveau Contraire, Kat Snatch and others. Admission $10.

To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. The case was based on the marriage of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, who after spending their lives as a couple were married in Canada in 2007. When Spyer died and left her estate to Windsor, the federal government imposed an estate tax. Windsor filed suit, claiming the government was denying her the benefits of married couples. Director Donna Zaccaro's documentary about the case and marriage equality screens at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chalmette Movies.