Annual Official Gay Easter Parade
16th Gay Easter Parade Fundraisers Kicks off Easter Season on March 1 & 6
A great Mardi Gras is just behind us setting the tone for the beginning of the exciting Easter season. As Easter Grand Marshals XVI, Misti Ates (aka Johnny Passion) and Deja Deja-Vue' will lead the 16th Gay Easter Parade Easter Sunday, April 5. For the past 12 years, the parade minus expenses benefits Food For Friends, a vital service of NO/AIDS Task Force. For the past 13 years, the parade has raised over $202,414 for charity. Six major events are slated for this year
> The first event is the 5th Sponsorship Party on Sunday, March 1st, 3-5pm, at Cutter’s, 706 Franklin Ave. Hosted by GEP Board’s Steve Patrick and Darwin Reed, this annual gathering is a great opportunity to join the fun with cocktails, food, and some great live auctions. All sponsors receive complimentary well drinks, domestic beer, wine and food. Non-sponsors can join for a $5 door donation which includes complimentary food. Cutter's is kindly donating one of their fab food creations for the event. Highlights in the auction include a large handmade afghan, floral arrangement certificate, haircut certificates, handmade afghan black and gold shawl, bar tabs and more.
Sponsorships are available at Presenting ($2,500), Platinum ($1,000), Gold ($500), Silver ($250), or Bronze ($100). Information and sponsorship forms is available at www.GayEasterParade.com. The parade is already off to a good start with a Platinum sponsorship from EGM XV Todd Blauvelt; Gold sponsorship from Noel Twilbeck and Glen Kahrman, and EGM XII Gary Vandeventer; Silver sponsorship from EGM XIII Darwin Reed and EGM VII Opal Masters, and Bronze sponsorship from Paul Melancon, and EGM XIV Starr Daniels and Justin Moffatt.
> The second event is the 7th Eggstravaganza on Friday, March 6th, 8-10pm, at GrandPre’s, 834 N. Rampart, with a $10 door donation. Hosted by GEP Board’s Opal Masters and Darwin Reed, this special evening will bring to the stage an array of talent including Easter Grand Marshals XVI Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue’, Bootsie Deville, Barbara Ella, Scott Tuberville as Boy George, and a special performance by Ken Grandpre as Lana Luscious.
There will be some fabulous auctions including an incredible Easter Basket worth over $800 in liquor and prizes, and the ever popular 50/50 raffle
Other events include:
>Saturday, March 14th, 14th Super Star-Studded Drag Extravaganza, 8-10pm, Oz, 800 Bourbon St. hosted by GEP Board’s Rip Naquin and Marsha Delain;
>Saturday, March 21st, 13th Spring Fever Extravaganza, 8-10pm, The Four Seasons, 3229 N. Causeway, Metairie, hosted by GEP Board’s Electra City and Tittie Toulouse;
>Saturday, March 28th, 16th Purple Party Easter Grand Marshals Reception, 8-11pm, Double Play, 439 Dauphine St. hosted by GEP Board of Directors;
>Friday, April 3rd, 6th Bunnies in The Big Easy, 7-9:30pm, palatial home in the Marigny, hosted by GEP Board’s Tony Leggio and Rona Conners;
>Easter Sunday, April 5th, 4:30pm, 16th Gay Easter Parade rolls through the streets of the French Quarter;
6pm, Post-Gay Easter Parade Party, GrandPre’s, 834 N. Rampart.
Sponsored by Ambush Magazine, 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.
Carriage/parade entry forms will be available as soon as carriage prices are confirmed. Visit www.GayEasterParade.com for sponsorship/entry forms.
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, XIV Tommy Elias and Starr Daniels, and XV Todd Blauvelt and Stewart Nettles.
spotlight feature: Misti Ates & Deja Deja-Vue' Chosen Easter Grand Marshals XVI; The Excitement Begins for 16th Gay Easter Parade Season (see Page-14)
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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