Annual Official Gay Easter Parade
15th Gay Easter Parade 2014 Passes Goal, Raises over $31,300 for Food For Friends, Total Charity Donations Now over $202,414
The 15th Gay Easter Parade is proud to announce that it surpassed it's 2014 goal of $30,000 and will donate $31,313.68 to NO/AIDS Task Force Food For Friends program. The parade minus expenses has benefited charity since 2002. Total donations for the past 13 years now totals over $202.414. In 2002, the New Orleans AIDS Monument was the beneficiary of the first benefit parade raising $1,500.
Since 2003, Food For Friends has been the beneficiary and has received over $200,914 from the parade to date. The Gay Easter Parade is also the largest private contributor to the Food For Friends program. Food For Friends program has been supplying groceries and home delivered meals to HIV infected and affected individuals in the greater New Orleans area for over 16 years with the NO/AIDS Task Force serving our community for over 27 years. During 2013, volunteers delivered 550 meals a week to clients who are home bound or otherwise unable to prepare their own meals or shop for groceries; 29,420 meals were delivered through the Home Delivered Meals; and 180,360 pounds of groceries were distributed from the Pantry, all serving 788 clients.
Led by Easter Grand Marshals XV Todd Blauvelt and Stuart Nettles, it's estimated that some 30,000 spectators lined the route to greet the 45 Gay Easter Parade units including Third Line Brass Band, Pair-A-Dice Tumblers, carriages, surreys, wagons, trolleys, walking groups, cars and trucks. It was great to see so many don their finest Easter apparel making for one of the most elegant and beautiful parades to date.
The GEP Board of Directors including Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain, Electra City and Tittie Toulouse, Darwin Reed and Opal Masters, Tony Leggio, Rona Connors, and Steve Patrick would like to thank every single sponsor, business, organization and individual who made this such a banner year. None of this would have been possible without y'all!
Sponsors include: Presenting-Ambush Mag;
Platinum-Friday Night Before Mardi Gras, Deja Deja-Vue’ & Jim May;
Gold-Krewe of Amon-Ra, EGM XV Todd Blauvelt, EGM XV Stuart Nettles & EGM IX Safonda Peters, EGM XII Gary Vandeventer; Krewe of Satyricon, EGM XII Elizabeth Bouvier, Dr. Barry Rutherford, Noel Twilbeck & Glen Kahrman, Mary King Dodwell, The Herb Import Company, Kevin Sullivan;
Silver-EGM XIII Darwin Reed & EGM VII Opal Masters, EGM VIII Rona Connors, New Orleans Bear & Bear Trapper Social Club, Dwain Hertz/Al Dugas/Eugene Theroit, EGM VIII Michael & EGM XIV Thomas Elias/The Corner Pocket, Scott Vincent & Scott McRae, Johnny Chisholm/Oz New Orleans, Wood Enterprises, EGM XIII Rhonda Roget & David Roget, EGM IV Electra City & EGM XI Tittie Toulouse, Johnson Mire & Fernandez-CPAs, Jeff Palmquist & Coca Mesa, Four Seasons, Misael Rubio/Quartermaster;
Bronze-Mary Lind/Rip & Marsha’s Wedding, EGM VIII Michael Elias & Jay Sewell/Rip & Marsha’s Wedding, Jerry Scavo & Kenny Walker/Rip & Marsha’s Wedding, James Garner/The Golden Lantern, CW X Frank Joseph & KCQ XX Dusty Debris, Justin Moffatt & EGM XIV Starr Daniels, Wayne Chambless/Sir Speedy, Anonymous, EGM X Tony Leggio, EGM II Larry Bagneris, Peter & Frank Abbruscato, Ken Grandpre/ GrandPre’s, EGM IX Orlando Aloe, Jeremy Weinberg, Barret DeLong/NOLAonReview, Jim Tideman, John East, Wolfman, KCQ XXI Barbara Ella/King Cake Queen Royalty Club, The Big Easy Sisters, Kenneth H. Carleton, Roy Smith & Nick Olivares, Bill McCarthy, Michael Ducote & Doug Minich, Krewe of Ursus, Michael Durocher, Bobby Vallecillo & Andy Ehlers, The Berwick Girls, National Association of Catering Executives, Glenn Paul Melancon, Kookie Baker & Reba Douglas, In Memory of Zsa Zsa D’LaHor/Purple Party, Jo-Jo Holding LLC/Purple Party, Madam-Raven & Helen, Michael Sullivan, Steven Vaughan & Brian Stevens, Mag’s 940;
Venue/In-Kind: Cutter’s, GrandPre’s, Oz New Orleans, Double Play, 4 Seasons, Bourbon View, Larry Graham-GrahamStudioOne.com.
2014 Gay Easter Parade Financial Report
Revenue: 14,660.00 Sponsorships, 635.00 3rd Sponsorship Party, 3,501.00 6th Eggstravaganza,4,387.00 13th Drag Extravaganza, 3,556.00 15th Purple Party, 3,571.00 12th Spring Fever, 6,886.00 5th Bunnies in the Big Easy, 325.00 Parade Entry Fees. 40.00 Parade Day Donations, 214.00 Bunny Hop 50/50 Raffle, 1,722.00 Food For Friends Parade Day Collections; 39,497.00 Revenue Sub-Total
Expenses: 304.67 Sponsorship Pins, 730.00 Easter Grand Marshal Carriages, 1,923.40 Parade Insurance, 1,925.00 2 Parade Bands, 50.25 Parade Permit, 2,400.00 Parade Police Detail, 400.00 Bunnies in the Big Easy DJ, 450.00 Bunnies in the Big Easy Servers & Bartenders; 8,183.32 Expenses Sub-Total
31,313.68 Donation to Food For Friends
171,101.00 Charity Donations through 2013/last 12 years
202,414.00 Charity Donations/last 13 years
Past grand marshals include EGMs I Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain, II Larry Bagneris and the late Miss Do Moreland, III Timm Holt and Teryl-Lynn Foxx, IV the late George Simons and Electra City, V Brett Messmer and Princesse Stephaney, VI James Swire and Lisa Beaumann, VII the late Doc Reed and Opal Masters, VIII Michael Elias and Rona Connors, IX Orlando Aloe and Safonda Peters, X Tony Leggio and the late Marcy Marcell, XI Chuck Turner and Tittie Toulouse, XII Gary Vandeventer and Elizabeth Bouvier, XIII Darwin Reed and Rhonda Roget, and XIV Tommy Elias and Starr Daniels..
the "official" dish: Gay Easter Parade Passes Goal, Raises over $31,300 for Food For Friends, Total Charity Donations Now over $202,414 (see Page-4)
the "official" dish: 5th Bunnies In The Big Easy Brings in $6,886 for Gay Easter Parade (see page 8)
snap paparazzi: 15th Gay Easter Parade 2014 led by Easter Grand Marshals XV Todd Blauvelt & Stuart Nettles (see Page-14)
celebrazzi: 15th Gay Easter Parade, 5th Bunnies In The Big Easy (see Page-16)
snap paparazzi: Some 30,000 Spectators Greet 15th Gay Easter Parade 2014 (see Page-24)
ambush paparazzi: 5th Bunnies In The Big Easy Raises $6,886 for GEP/Food For Friends @ Bourbon Vieux (see Page-34)
celebrazzi: Fundraisers, Celebrations (see Page-6)
snap paparazzi: 15th GEP Purple Party Easter Grand Marshals Reception Raises $3,556 for Food For Friends @ Double Play (see Page-14)
snap paparazzi: 12th Spring Fever Extravaganza Raises $3,445 for Food For Friends @ Four Seasons (see Page-16)
the "official" dish: Spring Fever, Bunnies In The Big Easy Up Next; 12th Annual Spring Fever Extravaganza @ 4 Seasons; 5th Bunnies in the Big Easy April 18th @ Bourbon View; 15th Gay Easter Parade Easter Rolls Sunday, April 20 (see Page-4)
the "official" dish: 6th Eggstravaganza Raises $3,501 for GEP/Food For Friends; 13th Star-Studded Drag Extravaganza Raises $4,387 (see Page-8, 10)
celebrazzi: Eggstravaganza, Drag Extravaganza, Put Jeff Palmquist in Drag Feature Pics (see Page-16); snap paparazzi: 6th Eggstravaganza raises $3,501 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ Grandpre’s (see Page-18)
snap paparazzi: 13th Super Star-Studded Drag Extravaganza raises $4,387 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ Oz (see Page-24)
the "official" dish: Gay Easter Parade Festivities in Full Swing; Sponsorship Party Raises $9,185; 13th Annual Super Star-Studded Drag Extravaganza; 15th Annual Purple Party Easter Grand Marshals Reception (see Page-4)
celebrazzi: Sponsorship Party Feature Pic (see Page-16)
snap paparazzi: Gay Easter Parade's 4th Sponsorship Party raises $9,185 @ Cutter's (see Page-24)
the "official" dish: End of Mardi Gras Heralds in "The Reason for The Easter Season" (see Page-4)
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