SOUTHERN DECADENCE TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
If this will be your first time at Southern Decadence you're in for an experience of a life time. However, like any major event there are somethings you should know before and during to keep yourself safe and to insure you have a great time and we want you to come back again.
- It is important to know that during Southern Decadence some street in and around the French Quarter are closed and do not allow parking on the streets. Remember to wear comfortable shoes since you will be doing a lot of walking. If your car is impounded you will have to contact the city (504) 565-7236 to find the location of your car and the cost could exceed more than $150.00.
- Finding a clean bathroom will be almost impossible. Unless you are a paying customer most businesses will not allow you to use their restrooms. If you are planning on eating before make sure you use the restaurants bathroom. Remember urinating on the streets or on someone's doorstep is against the law. You can be arrested and spending your time in central lockup isn't fun and will cost you more than $200.00 in fines.
- Don't be surprised to see nudity and maybe some public sex. DON'T be tempted to indulge. Louisiana still has laws against obscenity and public nudity and sex, this includes inside any establishment. If you're going partake use extreme caution.
- You are allowed to consume alcohol on the streets; however, glass and cans are not allowed. If you want to take your drinks onto the streets just ask the bartender for a "to go" cup (plastic). New Orleans is one of the only cities in the south where bars are open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
- Smoking is prohibited in all restaurants and bars in Orleans Parish.
- Remember to eat when drinking. The average temperature in Louisiana during August is 91 degrees and with the heat index 101 degrees. It is really easy to forget to eat. New Orleans is home to some of the world's best restaurants.
- Never bring your wallet when walking the streets, just carry cash, a credit/debit card, room key and your I.D. Southern Decadence will attract people who can pick-pocket you and you'll never know until it's too late. don't bother wearing expensive jewelry, electric items, or anything that can't be easily replaced. Another simple rule to remember, never carry large amounts of money, once removed from your pocket you'll be a target.
- If you feel you have had too much to drink, don't try to walk back to your hotel/lodgings alone. New Orleans neighborhoods can change without you even noticing it, and you can get lost. Always try to walk with others, and never alone.
- Don't fall victim to the con artists, panhandlers, or beggars most will just want to scam you out of your money. Don't engage or encourage them, sad to say just simply ignore and walk away.
- Never ever talk back or be disrespectful to law enforcement officers during Southern Decadence; you will come across members of the New Orleans Police, State Troopers and Sheriff's department. While these agencies have made incredible advances in LGBT awareness being disrespectfully or rude can get you into trouble. Remember they are there to protect you!
- Never accept a drink if you don't know where it has come from or if you didn't see a bartender fix it. It is easy to get drugged, and assaulted. If this happens contact law enforcement a.s.a.p.