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Volume 21/Issue 17/2003

Rip & Marsha



by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain 
Visit their site: ripandmarsha.com

Giant 100 Page Ambush

This giant 100 page edition of Ambush Mag brings readers some 76 pages advertising the hottest activities happening in New Orleans; Austin, TX; Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Metairie, LA. This marks the second year as the largest edition printed by this publication. Some 153 businesses, both Gay and Gay friendly chose to advertise this year. Ambush [AmbushMag.COM] is the Gulf South’s oldest and largest Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender [GLBT] regional publication covering the lucrative Texas to Florida market since 1982.

The magazine serves as Official Southern Decadence Guide while AmbushOnLine’s SouthernDecadence.COM serves as the original, oldest and only Official Website of Southern Decadence dedicated to the preservation of the history and traditions of Southern Decadence in New Orleans since 1972.

Ambush has worked diligently with businesses, organizations and tourism officials striving to make the communities it serves as top GLBT destinations in the world. Ambush’s success is largely due to its policy of inclusion representing all aspects of the GLBT community. The publication also gives hundreds of thousands of dollars each year back in services and monies through its AMgrant [Ambush Advertising Grant Program] to the communities which make Ambush possible.

Over 100,000 Revelers Expected for SD XXXII

Official Southern Decadence XXXII: A Celebration of Gay Life, Music & Culture, is expected to bring in over as 100,000 revelers, the same estimated figure as last year’s weeklong celebration. It is believed that the 2002 economic impact could have well exceeded $80 million, based on an $800 per person conservative spending average.

Although this is the 32nd Southern Decadence celebration, this is actually the 31st parade and only the 30th year with a grand marshal.

Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission, Larry Bagneris, Jr., is to be applauded for the immense effort he has put forth behind the scenes to ensure that visitors and locals will enjoy a safe Southern Decadence. Bagneris has worked with the mayor’s office, city council, police department, sanitation department, streets department and local businesses to achieve this goal.

SD Parade & D-Dance Sun., Aug. 31st

The 31st Annual Southern Decadence Parade celebrating Official Southern Decadence XXXII begins at Lucille’s Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal at Barracks in the French Quarter. Always starting at 2pm sharp, this year’s parade is Sun., Aug. 31st. Southern Decadence Grand Marshal [SDGM] XXXI Rusty LaRoux will lead the parade. Her theme is Carnaval Decadence and this year's colors are the vibrant colors of the rainbow.

Later that evening, D-Dance, Official Southern Decadence Circuit Party will be staged at the Municipal Auditorium. The benefit for NO/AIDS Task Force will feature the incredible talents of producer/artist/DJ Tony Moran.

Since the parade has grown so much, the City of New Orleans has required a parade permit for the past seven years.

Eighteen area businesses have underwritten the cost of the $770.25 parade permit and fees for the police officers required for the parade. Special thanks to the 2003 Parade Sponsors: Friendly Bar, Big Daddy's, Golden Lantern, Le Roundup, Double Play, Corner Pocket, Orlando's Society Page, Voodoo, Starlight By The Park, Rawhide, Good Friends Bar, Bourbon Pub/Parade, Club 735, Oz, Cafe Lafitte in Exile, Ambush Mag, SouthernDecadence.COM and GayNewOrleans.COM.

Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Promotes SD XXXII

Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, through extensive sponsorship agreements has assisted in the promotion of Official Southern Decadence XXXII. As Official Southern Decadence Casino, the company cosponsored the full page full color ads appearing in Ambush promoting the giant New Orleans holiday, along with the magazine and SouthernDecadence.COM. The company also sponsors the Official Southern Decadence Website with an individual banner ad, "worth their blinks in gold," according to one Atlanta critic.

So please support the businesses who have supported Southern Decadence. Harrah’s New Orleans Casino on Canal Street is a favorite spot for both locals and visitors.

No Public Sex or Urination in the Streets Allowed

SouthernDecadence.COM, Official Southern Decadence Web Site and Ambush Mag, Official Southern Decadence Guide, along with other area Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender businesses and organizations, have, since 1995, promoted a marketing campaign to end public sex and urination in the streets during the Official Southern Decadence celebration.

The 2003 campaign is bold in its concept to catch the attention of both visitors and locals alike to end public sex, in particular. It simply states "Southern Decadence Wrist Bands" (with a pair of hand cuffs below), followed by "Public Sex=10 Days in Jail!" The design for the campaign was the brain child of New Orleans Human Relations Commission Executive Director Larry Bagneris, Jr. Ambush graphic designer Chris Hall made it a reality.

The GLBT community in New Orleans does not condone nor encourage public sex in the streets.

Visitors and locals are also asked to assist with this problem, by asking other visitors and locals, not to participate in public sex or urination in the streets. Please take these functions inside, and whatever you do, play safe.

Revelers could be arrested and spend their entire Labor Day Weekend in jail. Legal fees could well exceed $200 per offense

Drink, Dine, Shop; Get a Hair Cut or Workout for SD

The Crescent City is renowned for its numerous drinking party establishments. In this issue of Ambush you will find numerous bar related activities centered around Southern Decadence. As you look through the ads, you are sure to find just the activity you want to experience this Labor Day Weekend.

Restaurants, grills and delis are in abundance as well. You’ll want to see Chop Chop for Ambush’s dining recommendations.

Of course shopping is every true Queen’s delight! Alternatives has great gift ideas, its Southern Decadence T-shirts and other SD wear.

Airline Adult Books in Kenner and sister store Chartres Street Conxxxion in the Quarter boasts some of the very best in adult films, novelties and gifts.

The Bourbon Strip-Tease boasts exotic clothing, sexy dance wear, plus adult gifts and toys.

Chi-wa-wa Ga-ga has great Decadence gear for that "dinky little dog" in your family.

FAB has loads of art and books for those collectors out there.

Fresh flowers are a must, so visit St. James Floral or order from Emile's Floral Design.

Gargoyles Clothing, Leather and Shoes has great leather/latex/vinyl and incredible drag pumps.

The Herb Import Company has herbal smoking blends, Magic Mushrooms and detox products.

Hot Chocolate has those x-rated chocolates, sexy cakes and adult toys.

Maskarade boasts masks, jewelry and great gift ideas.

New Orleans Grab Bag Company has a wonderful array of gifts.

Queen Fashions is your Southern Decadence drag headquarters with absolutely fabulous heels, clothing and wigs.

Rab Dab Clothing and Gifts offers its Southern Decadence T-shirt, as well as just the right skimpy attire those big ole beefy circuit boys like to wear, showing off those buff bods. This shop also features original 8 color Gay rainbow t-shirts and beads.

Serendipitous Masks has incredible jewelry and masks fit for any queen.

Sidney's Wine Cellar is just the place for those looking for some of the best in the Quarter.

Something Different uptown is absolutely one of the best card and gift shops in town for the discriminating shopper.

Vieux Carre Hair Store has wigs, lashes and all the essentials.

Virgin Megastore has all the latest music available.

Wig World has the best in outrageous wigs for the parade.

Do you need help with hair? Brenda Laura’s Hair Asylum is one of the best and even features former SDGM Robin Malta as one of this salon’s hit stylist.

Eclipse Hair & Body Studio does waxing, skin bronzing, cuts and color.

Mickey Nolan's will give you that perfect Decadence cut.

Salon Du Beau Monde can take care of all men’s grooming needs.

The Club New Orleans boasts 5 floors of Decadent fun. The Club has the latest workout equipment to keep you circuit boys in tip top shape.

Flex New Orleans is a great men’s spa complete with a full gym, sauna, steam room, snack bar, hot tubs and so much more.


Hotel accommodations can be booked right on-line through any of the AmbushOnLine Websites by clicking on its travel banners to get a room, a car or a flight. The sites register over 3.5 million hits and 375,000 unique visitors per month. Visit GayNewOrleans.COM and click on Accommodations and Lodging in New Orleans.

Madame Grand Marshal Final Appearances Schedule

Southern Decadence Grand Marshal XXXI Rusty LaRoux continues schedule of final public appearances throughout New Orleans including the Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, French Quarter and Metairie. The 32nd Annual Southern Decadence celebration is Aug. 27th-Sept. 1st.

Wed., Aug. 27th, 9pm, Bourbon/Pub Parade, SDGM XXXI Kick-off Party benefiting United Services for AIDS, all past Grand Marshals are invited to entertain (please contact Donnie Jay at 504.523.0140 or 504.523.6588.

11:30pm, Oz, Annual Southern Decadence Kick Off Show.

Fri., Aug. 29th, 6pm, Royal Cafe, Grand Marshal's Meet & Greet Party;

8pm, Ninth Circle, Poster Signing and Whiz Mag Cover Party;

10pm, Golden Lantern, Annual Southern Decadence Drag Show.

Sat., Aug. 30th, 8pm, Body & Soul, Grand Marshal's Decadence Show benefiting United Services for AIDS, all past Grand Marshals are invited to perform (contact Donnie Jay 504.523.0140 or 504.523.6588.

Sun., Aug. 31st, 8am, Big Daddy's & Chet's Pub, Grand Marshal's Make-Up Breakfast;

11am, R Bar, Dressing & Staging of Grand Marshal's Court & Friends by invitation only;

2pm, Golden Lantern, 31st Annual Southern Decadence Parade;

4pm, Ambush Headquarters, 11th Annual Southern Decadence Bead Toss;

5pm, MRB, Grand Marshal's Bar-B-Que;

11pm, Municipal Auditorium, 1st Annual D-Dance benefiting NO/AIDS Task Force.

Mon., Sept. 1st, 10am, Country Club, Recovery Party;

2pm, Corner Pocket, 7th Annual Southern Decadence Closing Party: Survivors Bar Run led by Cruise Director Ted Mahaffy through the Quarter and Marigny.

Coors Light, Official Sponsor of SDGM XXXI Rusty LaRoux, will be giving out t-shirts and other promos throughout Decadence.

Visit SouthernDecadence.COM for all the latest.

SD Security Team Will Help Visitors through Celebration

The Southern Decadence Security Team made up of community volunteers has been trained by Sam H. Bell, a veteran law enforcement officer and police detective.

• There will be 40 volunteers working in teams throughout the Southern Decadence weekend, Aug. 29th through Labor Day, Sept. 1st. They will wear yellow shirts with the SD logo and the word SECURITY, so as to be easily identified. Security Team members will be able to provide information, directions and general assistance to visitors. A contingency of Security Team members will be involved in escorting the Southern Decadence Grand Marshal, and participants, during the parade.

• Security Team members received basic, applicable training.

• Visitors should report harassment or intimidation to Security Team members, or NOPD (New Orleans Police Department).

• Security Team members will remind individuals engaged in unlawful conduct of applicable laws, and warn them of consequences associated with a violation of these laws.

• Objectives of the Security Team include the safety and security of Southern Decadence participants, and will be responsible for providing information to ensure participants are aware of laws. Issues regarding criminal conduct, reporting of crimes and enforcement of laws will be handled by NOPD.

• The SD Security Team is sanctioned by the City of New Orleans Human Rights Commission and The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on GLBT issues.

SD Security Team information is available at SouthernDecadence.COM.

Decadence Duo Art Show

FAB, Faubourg Marigny Books & Art, 600 Frenchmen St., presents its 2003 Decadence Duo Art Show. Come view this unique artistic portrayal of Southern Decadence from 1pm til 7pm daily at the former site of the Faubourg Marigny Bookstore, one of the nation’s oldest gay, lesbian and transgender bookstores.

The show features transgender drawings by Sharon Brown and male nude photos by Otis Fennell. The art by Sharon drawings present a very striking look at nude transgender models. The Naked Men on Frenchmen exhibit features oversized poster color prints.

FAB offers the Decadence Duo art exhibit and its vintage magazines, books and unique gift items for residents and visitors to celebrate and recognize the 2003 Southern Decadence extravaganza.

3rd Annual Miss Queen Fashions Aug. 27th

The 3rd Annual Miss Queen Fashions Pageant and Decadence Show will be held Wed., August 27th, 8pm at Oz, 800 Bourbon St.. Fabulous contestants and entertainers from around the city will help you kick off Southern Decadence Weekend. Admission is free and the excitement is sure to please! For contestant information call 504.524.4335.

Can Storms' Protests Help the Community?

THE ANSWER IS YES! As many of you know, Rev. Grant Storm has decided to protest Southern Decadence on Fri., Aug. 29, starting at 7pm. The rain date will be Sat., Aug.30. The Christian Conservatives for Reform and its supporters are protesting not just the festival itself, but the basic human right to live in peace as LGBTQ individuals.

Are you mad? Want to do something about this attack on the community?

Here’s something you can do that is non-violent, makes a statement, and supports the LGBTQ community in New Orleans. Pledge money every hour Rev. Storms protests and support the Hate Crimes Project, MCC, and NO/AIDS CAN!

The Hate Crimes Project of New Orleans is an advocacy, support and referral service for victims of bias-motivated crimes, including a 24-hour hotline, community awareness programs, and the collection of hate crime data.

MCC has been providing spiritual support to the LGBTQ community for 30 years.

CAN partners with gay community organizations to become directly involved in designing and implementing ongoing HIV prevention activities.

According to Eric Johnson, "We are collecting pledges based on how long Storms & Co. will be protesting on the Friday of Decadence (or the rain date). We think the protest will last about 2-3 hours, but we’re not exactly sure. Therefore, you have the option to indicate a maximum cap on your pledge.

For example, you can pledge $5 for each hour that they protest. If they protest for 2 hours, then a total pledge of $10 goes to the Hate Crimes Project, MCC, and CAN! It’s really that simple!

All you have to do is email ProPledge@aol.com with your name and pledge amount per hour. After the protest, we will email you with how long the protest lasted, the amount of your pledge, and the mailing address where you can send your donation. Remember, all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law!"

Eric Johnson is Community Specialist for NO/AIDS Task Force - CAN, and can be reached at 504.945.4000. Visit noaidstaskforce.org for more info on the organization.

Mr. & Ms. Marigny Leather Travel Fund-raiser Set

Mr. & Ms. Marigny Leather III, Ben Bourgeois and Toni J.P. Pizanie, will host a series of travel fund-raisers during the weekend of Sept. 12-14.

The floating 50/50 raffles, with a parade of prizes, will be held by participating businesses and bars in the Bywater, Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter, according to Wally Sherwood, producer of the contest which raised nearly $700 for Buzzy’s Boys and Girls this year.

Bourgeois will be wearing his new sash into competition for the title of Mr. Louisiana Leather, a preliminary to International Mr. Leather in Chicago, on Aug. 30 at the Barn Theatre in New Orleans.

Pizanie has entered the Gulf States Ms. Olympus Leather Pageant, with the regional winner advancing to the finals during Pantheon of Leather in Chicago, on Oct. 2-4 at Emerald City in Pensacola.

14th Annual NO/AIDS Walk Sept. 14th

NO/AIDS Task Force, a local New Orleans non-profit agency providing services and support for individuals infected with HIV/AIDS, is pleased to announce the 14th Annual NO/AIDS Walk. This year’s Walk will be held Sep. 14th at Audubon Park.

Walkers and supporters are encouraged to meet in Audubon Park at 8am for registration. The Walk will kickoff at 10 am and will proceed down historic Magazine Street to Napolean Avenue and then will turn onto Prytania Street as we head back into Audubon Park.

Participants will enjoy music and refreshments form our sponsors such as Starbucks Coffee, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Abita Beer, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, French Market Wholesale, Rain Vodka and Kentwood Springs Water. Other sponsors include: Walgreens, The Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly, Ambush Magazine, Where Y’AT Magazine, Entergy, Hibernia, The Donovan Edward Duplant Memorial Fund, Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Dorian Bennett/Audubon Title, Gilead Sciences, Inc., ID Lubricants, Intermarine Inc., Ortho Biotech Immunology and Roche Laboratories. The NO/AIDS Walk is extremely kid-friendly with activities for children and pet-friendly with doggie water stops in the park and along the route.

NO/AIDS Task Force has been at the forefront in the battle against HIV since 1983. The agency offers a comprehensive array of services such as prevention education, HIV antibody testing and counseling, community outreach, the Louisiana Statewide HIV/AIDS Hotline, primary medical care, peer support, mental health therapy, support groups, case management, housing coordination, medicine assistance, home delivered meals and a food bank. The NO/AIDS Walk is one of the largest fund-raisers for those infected with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana.

Feast of Love Gala Oct. 11th

The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans is excited to announce that Mayor Ray Nagin and Seletha Nagin, and Becky Allen and Bianca del Rio will host the 3rd annual Feast of Love Gala on Sat., Oct. 11th.

The event, which will include a patron party at 6pm followed by the gala at 8 will be held amid the historic elegance of Gallier Hall and will include delectable foods, stellar performances and just lots of fun!

The Feast of Love provides much needed support for the Hate Crimes Project—the only one currently operating in the State of Louisiana—and the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans. The event also provides funds for the Center’s Film Festival, youth program, bi-monthly newspaper, support groups, community education and information and referral programs.

Tickets for the patron party start at $100 and include the patron party, Gala and inclusion in the invitation and program. Gala tickets are available for $50. For more information about the Feast of Love, call 504.945.1103.

Free Movies Fridays at the Community Center

All showings are free, and held in the back meeting room of the Center, which is located at 2114 Decatur St. in the Marigny Triangle, New Orleans. Popcorn and sodas are also provided for free. The films begin promptly at 7pm.

Fri., Aug. 29: Princesa (2000, Italy/Germany/Brazil, director: Henrique Goldman). Fernanda, a Brazilian transvestite, arrives in Milan hoping to make enough money to have a sex change operation. She begins working as a prostitute for Karin, an older transvestite in Via Pirelli. One night, she meets Gianni, an attractive businessman. When Gianni discovers that Fernanda is a man, he can’t handle the news, tries to dump her, but finds he’s obsessed and has fallen in love. (In Spanish with English subtitles; approximately 96 minutes).

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