Official Southern Decadence
Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2006
Southern Decadence 2006 Highlights courtesy of Ambush Mag
SDGMs XXXIII:(Photo © Roberto S.C. Soares)
Lisa Beaumann & Regina Adams
Southern Decadence 2006: REBIRTH
Green & Pink
I Just Want To F**king Dance
A Remix by DJs Tim Pflueger & Jayskee
Southern Decadence Grand Marshals [SDGMs] XXXIII, Lisa Beaumann and Regina Adams, reign came to an abrupt end in 2005 when Southern Decadence XXXIV was cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina for the first time in the history of the celebration. Beaumann and Adams will continue to reign as SDGMs XXXIII in 2006, the first time grand marshals will reign twice. As co-grand marshals once again, the duo announced their theme, colors, songs, sponsors and unveiled the 2006 poster at the Official Southern Decadence Press Party July 23 at the Corner Pocket.
Southern Decadence Brings in 75,000 Participants,
Over $60 Million Economic Impact
The 35th Official Southern Decadence celebration brought out an estimated 75,000 revelers including visitors and locals. The economic impact on the City of New Orleans could very well exceed $60 million, based on a conservative spending average of $800 per person. The celebration which was cancelled last year due to Hurricane Katrina, passed all expectations for 2006.
Ambush Mag contacted many businesses following the holiday to find that business was down only an average of 12 percent over 2004, the last year the celebration occurred. However, business owners felt spending was way up per person. Several groups confirmed with Ambush that all the members in their parties spent over $2,000 while here in the city. It appears also that participants this year made a concerted effort to visit different establishments throughout the French Quarter, CBD, uptown and in the Faubourg Marigny/Bywater area of the city. Many gay friendly businesses showed their support of the giant celebration flying pride colors over their establishments and advertising in Ambush.
Shopping and dining establishments did quite well over the weekend. Additionally, participants visited more museums, art galleries and the casino this year while booking more historic tours than in previous years.
The community, including SDGMs XXXIII Lisa Beaumann and Regina Adams, worked closely with the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Police Department 8th District in order to ensure that both visitors and locals alike would have a safe and fun Southern Decadence.
In the weeks prior to Southern Decadence, SouthernDecadence.COM and AmbushMag.COM brought in over 150,000 unique visitors to itís websites. SouthernDecadence.COM is the original and only Official Website of Southern Decadence in New Orleans dedicated to the preservation of the history and traditions of Southern Decadence since 1972. Ambush Mag is proud to serve as the Official Southern Decadence Guide.
Ambush flew off the shelves of distribution points throughout the city. Even though the publication printed an additional 2,000 editions for New Orleans, the magís number one distribution point, Oz, 800 Bourbon St., went through 4,000 copies alone. Most other distribution points were out of Ambush by the end of the weekend.
Southern Decadence XXXVI (36) is set for Wed., Aug. 29-Mon., Sept. 3, 2007
OFFICIAL SOUTHERN DECADENCE WEBSITE
The Original & Only OFFICIAL Website of Southern Decadence since 1995!
Dedicated to the Preservation of the History & Traditions of Southern Decadence
Every Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans since 1972
Official Southern Decadence-A Registered Trade Name, Trade Mark & Service Mark of Ambush, Inc.
Southern Decadence-A Registered Trade Name & Service Mark of Ambush, Inc.
Copyright © Ambush, Inc. All Rights Reserved ®
828-A Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116-3137, USA