Posted: Aug 29, 2013 2:36 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2013 3:15 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS- Thousands of visitors are rolling into New Orleans for Southern Decadence: five days of parties, music and entertainment lasting through the Labor Day weekend and centered largely around the French Quarter's gay bar scene.
The celebration demonstrates the generally gay-friendly nature of New Orleans as the city markets itself as a gay travel destination, even a honeymoon spot, despite being in a state where same-sex marriage remains constitutionally banned.
Various estimates put the number of people attending this year's festival at 125,000 or more, helping fill hotel rooms during a typically slow time of year for tourism. Promoters say it will have an economic impact of as much as $100 million on the city.