Festively Gay Things To Do: January 1 – 7, 2018

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Happy New Year from NOLA!  2017 is gone and we usher in the new year.  Here are just a few of the festively gay things to do to start your year off right.

Monday, January 1, 2018



Margarita Mondays: Grand Pre’s; 834 N. Rampart St.; 7 p.m.

From 7 p.m. till close enjoy margarita specials with your bartender Michael.







S.I.N. Night: The Corner Pocket; 940 St. Louis Street; Starting at 9 p.m.

Come drink with Ashlee.  Get your SIN card and receive $2.50 canned beer or well drinks and $1.50 draft.




Tuesday, January 2, 2018



Bourbon Boylesque: Oz; 800 Bourbon Street; 8:00 p.m.

See the men of Oz like you have never seen them before.  The show stars Atomyc Adonis, Bobby B, Franky, Phathoms Deep and other special guests.  Hosted by Trixie Minx.






Tacos, Tequila and Tiaras: Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant; 1001 Esplanade Avenue; 8 p.m.   

Tacos, Tequila, and Tiaras is a one of New Orleans’ only family friendly drag shows! Join hostess Vanessa Carr Kennedy every Tuesday, have a taco or two, and learn a little bit about the art of drag.


Wednesday, January 3, 2017



Service Industry’s New Year: Good Friends Bar; 740 Dauphine Street, 9 p.m. 

Come enjoy the Service Industry New Year’s with $3 Well & Domestic Draft, $5 Jameson and $5 Fireball.



You Better Sing Karaoke; Lafitte’s in Exile; 740 Dauphine Street; 7 p.m. 

Join DJ Kory and DJ Derek as they  play Karaoke at Lafitte’s in Exile. Behind the bar slinging your drinks for you are Jeremy, Ryan, and Tim.



Oz Show Night: Oz; 800 Bourbon Street; 10:30 p.m. 

This popular drag show is hosted by Persana Shoulders and features Nicole Lynn Foxx, Lisa Beaumann, Connie Hung, Anastascia Davenport; Chichi Rodriguez and Dominique DeLorean. 





Game Night: GrandPre’s; 834 N. Rampart Street; 7 p.m. 

Wednesdays are Game night with Honey Bee at 7 p.m. with free jello shots and Bar Tabs.

Thursday January 4, 2017

Honey Bee Trivia: GrandPre’s; 834 N. Rampart St.; 7 p.m. 

Thursday is Honey Bee Trivia at 7 p.m.  Four rounds with jello shots to the winner of each round and a Bar Tab to top person/team of the night.



Girl | Crush: Oz New Orleans; 800 Bourbon Street; 9 p.m.

Girl | Crush is bringing you a weekly event for girls who like girls, and their friends!  This flavor of CRUSH entitled DTF is exclusive to New Orleans’ #1 Dance Club, Oz and happens every Thursday night.



The Jeff D Comedy Cabaret; Oz; 800 Bourbon Street; 10 p.m.

The Comedy Cabaret stars Jeff D. featuring Gia Giavanni. Enjoy hilarious comedians, amazing talent and the Ladies of Oz.






Strip Off: Oz; 800 Bourbon Street; midnight

Persana Shoulders hosts the Strip Off every Thursday night.  Sign up begins at 11 p.m. and the show features a spotlight performance by Miss Gay Louisiana America 2013 Mercedes Ellis Loreal.  Winners receive
1st PLACE – $100 Cash • 2nd PLACE – $50 Bar tab



Friday, January 5 – Sunday, January 8, 2018



Official Wizard World of New Orleans: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; 900 Convention Center Blvd.

Wizard World is bringing comics, gaming, film and all pop culture to NEW ORLEANS.  For more information, go to www.wizardworld.com/comiccon/new-orleans

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Meat Amateur Dance Contest: Corner Pocket; 640 St. Louis Street; 6:30 p.m. 

Hosted by Lisa Beaumann, anyone can enter – $100 cash prize.



Katy Perry Live in New Orleans: Smoothie King Center; 1501 Dave Dixon Drive; 7:30 p.m.

Katy Perry will be performing live in New Orleans as part of her new 2017-2018 North American Witness Tour!  Buy your tickets here – https://goo.gl/w8xqvs




Saturday, January 6, 2018


Chris Owens 12th Night Party: The Museum not Costumes and Culture; 1010 Conti Street; 6 – 8 p.m. 

Join Krewe of Stars in a benefit for the hugely popular Chris Owens Easter Parade and Krewe of Stars Mardi Gras Show Ball!  Come enjoy King Cake, Champagne and Live Entertainment featuring the Yat Pack and David Cook.  There will be a special unveiling of costumes from Chris Owens and David Cook. You will also get a sneak peak at this years Krewe of Stars Show Ball with Queen Irma Thomas.  Tickets are $30 in advance (see their Facebook page) or $35 at the door.



Frank Perez’s 12th Night Party: Double Play Bar; 439 Dauphine Street; 7 p.m. 

The Lord of Misrule and his Mystik Krewe du Rue Royale Revelers command your presence at Frank’s Annual 12th Night Party. The doors open at 7:00pm. Procession of previous Grand Revelers and Coronation of the new Grand Reveler begins at 8:30pm. The Coronation of Grand Reveler IV will be followed by the Meeting of the Courts of the Rue Royale Revelers and the Krewe of Queenateenas.  $20 gets you admission to the party (includes dinner and an open bar), as well as a year long membership in the Krewe du Rue Royale Revelers. Admission pins will be available soon at my shop at 638 St. Ann.  As usual, the party will feature lots of booze, delicious food, scantily clad eye candy, and great people.



Phunny Phorty Phellows Roll: Parade to begin at Willow Street Car Barn; 8212 Willow Street; 6:30 p.m. 

The Phunny Phorty Phellows will once again take to the rails on Twelfth Night, Saturday, January 6, 2018. They will gather at the Willow Street Car Barn at 6:30.  In 1982 the Phunny Phorty Phellows became the official heralds of Mardi Gras with their Twelfth Night ride in a traditional New Orleans streetcar announcing that, at last, the pre-Lenten season of “phun and phrivolity” had arrived. 

At 7pm there will be a Carnvial Countdown and cutting of the ribbon and the Phellows, all masked and costumed, will board the streetcar. They will ride the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar Route to Canal. We’ll conclude our ride at Willow Street Car Barn.

The Phunny Phorty Phellows first appeared on Fat Tuesday, 1878, when they began the tradition of following the Rex parade. Since that time, the Phunny Phorty Phellows have distinguished themselves as one of the liveliest additions to Mardi Gras with their hijinks and well-meaning mockery of the day’s events (one 1881 float depicted Rex’s traditional symbol, the Boeuf Gras, as a heifer). The original Phunny Phorty ceased parading and ultimately disbanded in 1885.  In 1981, 83 years after their predecessors’ last parade, a new group of Phellows emerged to revive the irreverent tradition as members of the Krewe of Clones (the impetus of today’s wildly ribald Krewe du Vieux).



The 1st Annual New Orleans Tamale Festival: Sidney’s Saloon; 1200 St. Bernard Ave.; noon – 6:30 p.m.   

Holly Tamale and Medina’s Good Tamales presents The 1st Annual New Orleans Tamale Festival.  Free and open to the public! (all ages). There will be a variety of tamal(es) vendors from throughout the city, the 1st Annual New Orleans Tamal(es) Eating Competition! $5 entry fee to compete, Crowning of the 1st New Orleans Tamal Queen and King! $5 entry fee to compete and live music provided by Margie Perez, The Iguanas, and Dat Band! Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon.  Please contact neworleanstamalefest2018@gmail.com for more information. 



Crush|sLick: Sidney’s Saloon; 1200 St. Bernard Ave.; 10 p.m. 

Some healthy, jello covered competition never hurt anyone.  Meet for CRUSH’s Unofficial Krewe Jeanne D’arc Parade Afterparty and CRUSH’s First Annual Queen of The 7th Jello Invitational!  Like all CRUSH events, this one is for female identified beings, transfolx, transguys, transgirls, transbaes, and their friends. Anyone else will need to be escorted by one of these lovely humans.




Sunday, January 7, 2018


Lords of Leather Royalty Appreciation Party: Lafitte’s in Exile; 901 Bourbon Street; 2 p.m. 

The Lords of Leather’s annual reception honoring of current and past Mardi Gras Royalty! Enjoy wonderful people, light fare, and a cash bar!  Wear your crown and sash to enter the reception (upstairs) ‘on us’; others are welcome as well but we are asking for a $10 minimum donation. 



You Better Sing Karaoke; GrandPre’s; 834 North Rampart St.; 7 p.m. 

Join DJ Kory and DJ Derek as they  play Karaoke at Good Friends Bar. Behind the bar slinging your drinks for you are Jeremy, Ryan, and Tim.

Zingo: Corner Pocket; 640 St. Louis Street; 6:30 p.m. 

Play Bingo with hosts Opal Masters followed by the Barry BareAss Dancer of the Week Contest.

Oz Show Night: Oz; 800 Bourbon Street; 9:30 p.m. 

This popular drag show is hosted by Persana Shoulders and features Nicole Lynn Foxx, Lisa Beaumann, Connie Hung, Anastascia Davenport; Chichi Rodriguez and Dominique DeLorean. 

Tony Leggio

Tony Leggio

Tony Leggio is a born and raised New Orleanian. He has over 20 years of event management experience having produced over 5,000 events locally and nationally. Tony has received numerous awards for his outstanding achievements in the hospitality industry. Besides his professional career, Anthony has played an active role in the community.He has served Event Chair of Art Against AIDS for the No/Aids Task Force for the past ten years and was honored as Humanitarian of the Year in 2010 by the organization. He is also a freelance writer who has written for USA Today, as well as several local publications.He also writes a column regularly In Ambush Magazine, plus is part of Gambit’s Big Easy Theatre Committee.Tony is a social butterfly of New Orleans that not only knows how to put on a great event but also knows how to enjoy one.
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