SOUTHERN DECADENCE IS A BIG PARTY. ALLOW TIME TO ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES AND SEE THE PARADE. PEOPLE DRINK AND ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME. IT’S EASY TO FORGET THAT THERE IS A REAL WORLD OUT THERE. DON’T ALLOW THE PARTY TO OVERWHELM YOUR BETTER JUDGMENT. HAVE FUN AND PLAY SAFE!
If you’ve never been to Southern Decadence , you have a lot to learn!
Known as The Gay Mardi Gras, plan on doing a lot of walking. Comfortable shoes are a must and always walk where it is well lit and there are a lot of people. People are allowed to drink on the streets of New Orleans; however, you must ask the bartender for a “geaux cup.” (A “go cup” is a plastic cup.) Glass and cans are not allowed on the streets for safety reasons.
Bars in New Orleans are open twenty-four hours a day. Pace yourself. If you are going to drink, take it easy and slow. Most important, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and forget to eat. If you want to make it through the weekend, solid food is a necessity. Of course, New Orleans is world famous for its food and indulging is part of a complete New Orleans experience.
New Orleans is a city of neighborhoods. Like all large cities, the Big Easy does have some trouble spots. Always walk with others, never alone if possible. Don’t wander about the city. In New Orleans the neighborhoods change, literally, when you cross a street. Always carry a map. If you’re drinking, don’t go stumbling about the French Quarter. Locals know that the people who encounter trouble are usually the ones who have been drinking.
Southern Decadence is a big party. Allow time to enjoy the festivities and see the parade. People drink and are having a good time. It’s easy to forget that there is a real world out there. All the bars offer free condoms and there is no excuse. Don’t allow the party to overwhelm your better judgment. Have fun and play safe!