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The 19th Annual Official Gay Easter Parade

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
@ 4:30pm benefiting Food For Friends...

The parade showcases the fashion and creativity of the entire LGBT community with gentlemen in summer suits/tux with hats, and ladies in Easter suits/dresses with Easter hats.

18th Gay Easter Parade

18th Gay Easter Parade Raises over $22,000 for Food For Friends
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 4)

The 18th Gay Easter Parade led by Easter Grand Marshals XVIII Glen Kahrman and Bootsie DeVille has raised an incredible $22,057.32 for Food For Friends, a vital program of the NO/AIDS Task Force in New Orleans.

The parade minus expenses has now raised a whopping $286,842.13 for charity the past 16 years.

This year the parade boasted 47 units including 29 carriages, wagons and trolleys; 7 convertibles; 2 bands; and 11 walking groups.

The Board of Directors of the Gay Easter Parade: Rip Naquin, Marsha Delain, Electra City, Tittie Toulouse, Opal Masters, Darwin Reed, Tony Leggio, and Monica Synclaire-Kennedy would like to extend its debt of gratitude to all who made this possible.

It would have been impossible without the generous support of its many sponsors including:

Presenting - Ambush Magazine donating over $10,000 in an Ambush Advertising Grant Donation;

Platinum - Friday Night Before Mardi Gras, EGM XVIII Glen Kahrman & Noel Twilbeck, James Garner/The Golden Lantern, Alva John Groth II;

Gold - EGM XII Gary Vandeventer, Joann Guidos/Kajun’s Pub, Krewe of Amon-Ra, EGM XVIII Bootsie DeVille, Jeff Bater & Tim Irving, Ken GrandPre’/GrandPre’s, Michael & Tommy Elias/The Corner Pocket, EGM XV Todd Blauvelt, Mona Lisa Restaurant, Ron Iafrate/Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop & Pub, Cam Zimmerman/Irish Channel Funding;

Silver - EGM XV Stuart Nettles & EGM IX Safonda Peters, Rodney Thoulion & RJ Buras, Rachel Bufkin & Sharon Barreca, King Amon-Ra LII Ronnie White/EGM XIII Rhonda Roget & King Amon-Ra XLVII David Roget, Dwain Hertz & Gene Theriot/Gene’s Po-Boys, Wood Enterprises, SDGM XLII Jeffrey Palmquist & Coca J. Mesa, GR II William G. Antill, Matt Giglio/700 Club;

Bronze - EGM XV Starr Daniels & Justin Moffatt, EGM IX Orlando Aloe, Jr., EGM X & SDGM XLII Tony Leggio, Krewe of Armeinius, SDGM XLII Felicia Phillips, EGM XIII Darwin Reed & EGM VII Opal Masters, James deBlanc, Natasha Sinclair, Robert Cook, Jim Hochadel, Gerard A Scavo, In Memoriam: EGM VIII Rona Conners by R&M, Michael Sullivan, Bebe Scarpinato & Chris Linwood, Solitaire, John & Therese Vignone; and

Venue/In Kind - Food For Friends Kitchen, Four Seasons, GrandPre’s, Oz New Orleans, The Double Play, House of Blues Music Hall, Larry Graham/GrahamStudioOne.

18th Gay Easter Parade/Financial Report/2017 includes: Revenues- 11,950.00 7th Sponsorship Party, 1,400.00 Additional Sponsorships, 2,707.00 15th Spring Fever Extravaganza, 1,238.00 9th Eggstravaganza, 1,928.00 16th Super Star-Studded Extravaganza, 3,488.00 18th Purple Party, 5,290.00 8th Bunnies in the Big Easy, 2,900.00 Convertible/Walking Group Entry Fees, 585.00 Parade Day Collection for 31,486.00 in total revenues;

Expenses-144.00 Wine/Sponsorship Party, 75.00 EGM Pins, 235.78 Sponsorship Pins, 730.00 EGM Carriages, 100.25 Parade Permit, 2,640.85 Police Detail, 2,037.86 Parade Insurance, 40.00 Drag Extravaganza/Light Tech, 700.00 Bunnies in the Big Easy/House of Blues, 2,225.00 Bands, 500.00 Post Parade Cleanup, for a total of 9,428.74 in expenses; generating a 22,057.32 total raised for Food For Friends.

More information is available here or www.Facebook.com/GayEasterParade.

CMI Survey18th Purple Party raises $3,488 @ Double Play for Gay Easter Parade
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 8)

The 18th annual Purple Party Easter Grand Marshals Reception honored EGMs XVIII Glen Kahrman and Bootsie DeVille at The Double Play in New Orleans. Emceed by GEP Board's Tony Leggio and EGM Bootsie DeVille, the event was chock full of auctions and entertainment raising $3,488 for the Gay Easter Parade benefiting Food For Friends.

The event brought in 1,030.00 Door, 296.00 Egg Raffles, 42.00 Jello Shots, 227.00 Stage Performance Tips, 104.00 50/50 Raffle, 104.00 50/50 Raffle Winner Henry Baptist donation, 500.00 Donation/Paul Rearick for a 2,303.00 event subtotal;

and in Auctions: 130.00 Giant Pink Pig/Noel Twilbeck, 50.00 Antique Bunny Basket/Gene Theriot, 50.00 3-Piece Art Collection/Beaux DeLong-Church, 120.00 Giant Baby Lamb/James Garner, 60.00 Chinese Easter Basket/Michael Elias, 60.00 4-Piece Art Collection/Brett Messmer, 110.00 Barbara Striesand Signed Poster/David Dowhan, 125.00 Giant Blue Bunny/Cam Zimmerman, 300.00 Sylvia Frank Easter Egg/Ronnie White, 200.00 Bunny Liquor Basket/Ellen Miller, 80.00 Silver Bootsie Boots/Ellen Miller, 40.00 Gold Bootsie Boots/Regina Adams, 80.00 Holiday Wreath/Gene Theriot, 80.00 Big Momma's Wine Basket/Gene Theriot, 100.00 Giant Liquor Basket/Bill Miller, 70.00 Regina Adams' Basket/Gary Vandeventer, 90.00 Bill Miller donates Giant Liquor Basket back/Ellen Miller, 70.00 Bootsie Boots/Felicia Phillips, for a 1,185.00 auction subtotal; with a 3,488.00 event total.

8th Bunnies In The Big Easy raises $4,590 @ HOB Music Hall for Gay Easter Parade

Gay Easter Parade Board's Tony Leggio and Monica Synclaire-Kennedy hosted the 8th Bunnies In The Big Easy in the Music Hall at House of Blues. Guests were treated to entertainment with emcees Persana Shoulders and Elizabeth Bouvier, and auctions raising $4,590 for the Gay Easter Parade benefiting Food For Friends.

There were 3,045.00 Tickets, 290.00 Performance Tips;

and in Auctions: 100.00 Patron Gift Set/Mark Fort, 60.00 Purple Lamb/Blake Robertson, 50.00 Relaxation Basket/Cam Zimmerman, 80.00 Pink Pig/Vanessa West, 75.00 Fleur de Lis/Chuck Turner, 1,000.00 Dinner for 10/Chuck Turner, 70.00 Tony's Basket of Surprises/Coca Mesa, 100.00 House of Blues Auction/Cam Zimmerman, 70.00 Armeinius Gift Basket/Will Antill, 180.00 Art Against AIDS/Bow Tie Combo/Chuck Turner, 170.00 Art Against AIDS/Bow Tie Combo donated back by Chuck Turner to Patti Garcia, for a 1,955.00 auction sub-total; and a 5,290.00 event sub-total;

Expenses: 700.00 DJ/House of Blues Staff; leaving a 4,590.00 event sub-total;plus 500.00 Gold Sponsor/Cam Zimmerman-Irish Channel Funding, and 100.00 Bronze Sponsor/John & Therese Vignone.

Sponsored by Ambush Magazine, more information is available here or www.Facebook.com/GayEasterParade.

18th Gay Easter Parade Rolls through the Streets of the French Quarter April 16; Food For Friends set to Collect $$$ on the Route
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 6)

GEP's Bunnies in The Big Easy April 14th
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 6-7)

7th Sponsorship Party rakes in $11,950 for Gay Easter Parade benefiting Food For Friends
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 4)

15th Spring Fever Extravaganza raises $2,707 for Gay Easter Parade benefiting Food for Friends @ Four Seasons, Metairie
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 4)

Gay Easter Parade Entry Deadline April 5
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 4)

GEP's Spring Fever, Eggstravaganza Up Next on March 18 & 25
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 6)

Gay Easter Parade Sells Out of All but One Carriage in Record Time
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 6)

Glen Kharman & Bootsie deVille will Reign as 18th Easter Grand Marshals; 7th Sponsorship Party March 12 @ Food For Friends Kitchen; GEP Sets Remaining Events/Fundraisers
(See Ambush Mag: Celebrazzi, page 6)

18th Gay Easter Parade host 7th Sponsorship Party March 12 @ Food For Friends Kitchen
(See Ambush Mag: Out Front, page 25)

18th Gay Easter Parade Schedules Events
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 8)

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 the late Rona Conners, 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, XIV Tommy Elias and Starr Daniels, XV Todd Blauvelt and Stuart Nettles, XVI Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue', and XVII Ken GrandPre and Monica Synclaire-Kennedy.

2017 SPONSORS

Platinum $1,000 

Friday Night Before Mardi Gras, EGM XVIII Glen Kahrman & Noel Twilbeck, James Garner/The Golden Lantern, Alva John Groth II

Gold $500

EGM XII Gary Vandeventer, Joann Guidoz/Kajun's Pub, Krewe of Amon-Ra, EGM XVIII Bootsie DeVille, Jeff Bater & Tim Irving, Ken GrandPre'/GrandPre's, Michael & Tommy Elias/The Corner Pocket, EGM XV Todd Blauvelt, Mona Lisa Restaurant, Ron Iafrate/Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop & Pub, Cam Zimmerman/Irish Channel Funding

Silver $250

EGM XV Stuart Nettles & EGM IX Safonda Peters, Rodney Thoulion & RJ Buras, Rachel Bufkin & Sharon Barreca, King Amon-Ra LII Ronnie White/EGM XIII Rhonda Roget & King Amon-Ra XLVII David Roget, Dwain Hertz & Gene Theriot/Gene's Po-Boys, Wood Enterprises, SDGM XLII Jeffrey Palmquist & Coca J. Mesa, GR II William G. Antill, Matt Giglio/700 Club

Bronze $100

EGM XV Starr Daniels & Justin Moffatt, EGM IX Orlando Aloe, Jr., EGM X & SDGM XLII Tony Leggio, Krewe of Armeinius, SDGM XLII Felicia Phillips, EGM XIII Darwin Reed & EGM VII Opal Masters, James deBlanc, Natasha Sinclair, Robert Cook, Jim Hochadel, Gerard A Scavo, In Memoriam: EGM VIII Rona Conners by R&M, Michael Sullivan, Bebe Scarpinato & Chris Linwood, Solitaire, John & Therese Vignone

VENUE/
In-Kind:

Food For Friends Kitchen, Four Seasons, GrandPre's, Oz New Orleans, The Double Play, House of Blues Music Hall; Larry Graham/GrahamStudioOne

Past Easter Parades

Accommodations & Lodging
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info@ambushmag.com
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