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The Sunday afternoon Decadence Parade is a longtime highlight of Southern Decadence, but the weekend includes a slew of official and unofficial parties, events and more ("Uptown Funk" is the official song). The annual celebration draws LGBT revelers from across the country for a week of events in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. Highlights include the Bourbon Street Extravaganza concert (outdoors at Bourbon and St. Ann streets at 6 p.m. Saturday) and the Grand Marshals' Drag Show at the Golden Lantern at 10 p.m. Friday. There are guest appearances by Shangela from seasons 2 and 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Miss Gay America 2006 Nicole Dubois, porn stars Hans Berlin and Tyler Rush, and visiting DJs including Kidd Madonny, Billy Francesca and DJ Ivan at select events. The Sunday parade is led by Decadence's official grand marshals, including longtime event organizers Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain. The 41st parade's theme is Swimmin' with the Gods and Goddesses, and the procession features drag queens and festive and satirical costumes. It begins at 2 p.m. at the reviewing stand at the Golden Lantern and proceeds up Royal Street. Visit for details.