No one does Halloween like the Big Easy. It’s obvious to see how this timeless city gave author Anne Rice the inspiration for her Vampire Chronicles. There is a macabre, eerie feeling that hangs over this city, a languid sense of the past present, of voodoo and witchcraft. This is, after all, where the dead are buried above ground, where funeral marches are among the most festive parades to be found anywhere (not to mention the best music).
So it’s hardly a surprise that the city that celebrates the dead should have given birth to one of the nation’s preeminent gay Halloween parties. Superstar DJ Chris Cox headlines the party Saturday night at the House of Blues. On Sunday, a Tea Dance on the Pier will feature Kitty Glitter at Crescent Park.
Best of all, your money goes to a truly worth cause: In its 32 years, the weekend’s all-volunteer producers have raised over $4.5 million (yes, that’s million) for Project Lazarus, one of the Big Easy’s major AIDS service organizations.
Book quickly to ensure you have a room at the host hotel, The Troubadour. This ultra-luxury boutique hotel is centrally located only a few blocks from the French Quarter. The Petit Lion serves contemporary French bistro food prepared by renowned New Orleans chef Phillip Lopez. The rooftop Monkey Board offers DJ beats with the city's skyline serving as a backdrop.
While you’re in New Orleans, you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice if you didn’t take in the sights — and sounds — of this most pleasurable of all American cities. Its motto, laissez les bon temps roulez, perfectly sums up the pervading spirit: Let the good times roll!