We continue to grow every week! Now there are over 350 people registered and ready for The Big Bayou and Southern Decadence for this Labor Day. We think everyone is ready for a vacation and some time by the pool.

We want to remind everyone to make sure your hotel room is booked as we are about to sell out our hotel block. So if you have not booked your room yet make sure to book it ASAP! Also don’t forget to book your excursions too! We have lots of great side trips and fun to make this event one sure to remember. You can book them HERE.

Everyone will love the Jazz cruise with brunch. You can also upgrade with a drink package.

How about a tour of the mysterious swamps and bayous of Southern Louisiana? This is a swamp tour that you will never forget!


Thank you for your patience and understanding, during these times.  As of now,


We are in communication with the hotel and New Orleans and Company – both of which are in touch with the Louisiana Governor’s Office, the Mayor of New Orleans’s Office as well as reporting from the CDC. More Info Here

The city has currently increased its meeting capacity and is planning to further increase capacity for groups and meetings as the year progresses.  Southern Decadence is on course to take place. More Info Here

We will be making changes to the schedule to accommodate health guidelines. The hotel is following high standards regarding housekeeping and maintenance of the property. More Info Here

The Big Bayou will follow all safety guidelines.  We will continue to monitor updates and changes.  If masks are still recommended, we too will do the same.  We encourage all attendees to get the vaccine before the event.

We are all looking forward to getting back to a life with fun and events; but, as you know, the future cannot be predicted.

The committee is working hard to adapt and plan an exciting event for everyone during these challenging times.

Additional communications will be posted on the website during the coming months.

Paul & Josh
Event Managers

The Big Bayou staff wants to extend its appreciation to you for your patience and understanding during this time.

We, along with the management of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, our sponsors, entertainers, and guests want to be sure that we do what is safe for all our guests.

We have been getting updates from the city and state. As a result, we believe it is best to protect everyone and reschedule the event for the same time frame in 2021.

The dates for The Big Bayou 2021 are August 31 – September 6, 2021. Current 2020 event registrations will roll over to the 2021 event – reflecting what you have selected for The Big Bayou 2020.

The Big Bayou 2021 will have the same “glam” that was scheduled for this year. Entertainers and sponsors will be part of The Big Bayou 2021 along with activities and tours.

  1. Event registrations will roll over to The Big Bayou 2021 with the packages selected for The Big Bayou 2020
  2. If you wish to cancel you will need to send an email to Info@TheBigbayou.Com and refer to the cancellation policy in the Event Contract.
  3. You WILL NEED to make a new hotel reservation to reflect the new dates for The Big Bayou 2021. Please use the link HERE to make your 2021 hotel reservation.
  4. Check The Big Bayou website for all the changes to the schedule, rates, and, tours. 

As an additional bonus, The Royal Sonesta has graciously indicated that they would keep the current rates and reservations for anyone who wishes to go to New Orleans this year.  If you decide to keep your existing hotel reservation for 2020, please email RSNOSales@Sonesta.Com  by July 3, 2020, and confirm you would like to keep your hotel reservation.  All The Big Bayou 2020 reservations, who have not notified RSNOSales@Sonesta.Com will be canceled after July 3, 2020.

Again, The Big Bayou Staff wishes to thank you for your patience and understanding. Thanks also to The Royal Sonesta for their willingness to work with us.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in 2021; remember to make your new hotel reservation with the link HERE

Stay Safe!

Paul and Josh
The Big Bayou Staff

The Voodoo magic and the festivities of Southern Decadence make the return to New Orleans a desired one.

New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” and is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties as well as Southern Decadence in the fall.

We are returning to The Big Easy for The Big Bayou 2021 to enjoy the many tastes of the city’s offerings; enjoy the festive parties of Southern Decadence; share the culture and the Voodoo.

Our entertainment is top-notch.  Joining us will be Brian Justin Crum.  Brian was a finalist on America’s Got Talent and well as appearing in AGT’s Champions.   We are excited to welcome BJC to our event; in addition, we are pleased to welcome back Tom Goss.  Tom started with our group when we were in Orlando and continues to share his new compositions and musical talents.  Of course Sister Helen Holy will make an appearance, and we do not want to suffer the anger of a Sister.  Paul Williams will be our MC.  Joining us and making her first appearance at our event will be Eartha Quake.

You will be able to enjoy a variety of seminars including The First Timers and Speed Meet and Greet. We welcome Frank Perez, author of the book “Southern Decadence in New Orleans” and he will be talking about the history of Decadence and talk about Gay New Orleans; his book will be available for sale and signing. Dan O. will join us as a presenter and round out the seminar offerings with his usual flair, and share some of his abundant knowledge with us.

The Royal Sonesta Hotel, a top boutique hotel, is our host hotel. The Royal Sonesta, on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, is within walking distance of all things in the Quarter as well as Jackson Park, riverfront, and delicious eateries of all kinds and the bars.

Tell your friends and then tell your other friends. New Orleans during Southern Decadence is the place to be. Be part of the fun.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler”!!

“let the good times roll”!!

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