The annual Southern Decadence Grand Marshals [SDGM] Luncheon was hosted by SDGM "Irish" Mike Sheehan at the posh Foundation Club at the House of Blues this year on Decatur in New Orleans. Honorees included [seated] SDGM 24 Wayne White, SDGM 1 Frederick Wright, SDGM 4 Robert Laurent, SDGM 12 Mumbo, SDGM 29 "Big" Rick Thomas, SDGM 30 "Irish" Mike Sheehan, SDGM 19 Jamie Temple, SDGM 27 Errol Rizzuto, SDGM 26 Robin Malta, MSD [Mother of Southern Decadence] Maureen Block, SDGM 25 Miss Love, SDF [Southern Decadence Founder] Charlie Block, [standing] SDGM 28 Tony Langlinais, SDGM 29 Bianca Del Rio, SDGM 29 Pat "Estelle" Ritter, and [forward center] SDGM 15 Olive. The event is always held the Sat. prior to Decadence weekend. Guest arrived at Ninth Circle at Congo Square and were transported by limo to the luncheon. Following the luncheon, a shuttle limo zoomed through the Marigny, Bywater and Quarter making brief stops at the favorite water holes of SDGM XXX.
Magnolia Cotillion XXVIII celebrated the 28th anniversary of New Orleans' first registered domestic partners, Marsha & Rip Naquin-Delain. This year's event also saluted Southern Decadence Grand Marshal XXX "Irish" Mike Sheehan. Some 187 guests joined the festive occasion at the Ambush complex, 828 Bourbon St., New Orleans. It is only one of two times each year the entire mansion is open to invited guests. The Ambush offices are on the first floor, and the couple's private residence encompasses both the second and third floors, including Belle Lain's Magnolia Bar on the second floor, along with the formal Victorian parlor, dining room, and the couple's World famous Bourbon St. balcony, and the third floor boudoir.
The 2002 theme was "Kaftans & Shorts/Pins & Sashes." The couple chose pale white and gold colors for the occasion, and purple sashes designed by "The Big Diva," Phyllis Denmark. Marsha chose her Easter Grand Marshal [EGM] I pin along with a Swarovski owl purchased while in Athens, Greece and another favorite owl creation. Rip chose his EGM I pin, an antique creation from his late grandmother, and a peacock design given to him by Peacock Queen, former King Cake Queen VIII Phyllis Denmark.
Guests feasted on Crawfish Maison, Muffuletta Pasta with Pepperoni, Flying Fish Caviar Pie with cream cheese and green onions, pinwheel sandwiches including Genoa Salami & Jack, Ham & Swiss on Rye, and Turkey & Jack, fresh veggies with roasted pepper salsa, and Cheddar, Pepper Jack and Swiss cheeses with asiago & peppercorn sauce. Halfway through the party, the couple cut their traditional magnolia tiered almond wedding cake from Swiss Confectionery.
In lieu of gifts, the couple asks guests to sponsor Rip in the NO/AIDS Walk each year. Since 1991, the Cotillion has raised $82,047 through last year. Donations from this year's event are still arriving, so there is not yet a total.
Visit RipAndMarsha.COM for more information on the Cotillion.
Recently, Austinites David Pearson and Garry Holley celebrated their 11th year anniversary during the United Court of Austin's Coronation IX in Austin. Both David and Garry are avid fund-raisers for local Austin charities and members of the court. David was the past Emperor VI, Crown Prince Royale for Life, and past president of the local Board of Directors for 4 years in a row. Garry is past cofounder of the United Court of Austin and past Emperor I and Absolute Emperor II. Both are also members of the Austin Babtist Women. David is known as Deacon Dave; Garry, as the Widow Modine Murphy.
Houstonites Scott Shieldes & JJ McMillen celebrate 3 years together after meeting over Labor Day Weekend during Southern Decadence in New Orleans 3 years ago. The two will celebrate their 3rd year anniversary together when they travel to Austin this Labor Day Weekend attending Perfect Day - "BRAT."
Austinites Mark Killingbeck helped celebrate his partner, Jon Alter's 32nd Birthday with a Kiss. The two spent a wild night out for Jon's Birthday out and about in Guytown/Austin.
New Orleans legend Winston Gray celebrated his 71st birthday blow out weekend at the Home of Southern Decadence, Lucille's Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal, New Orleans. Sat. evening Winston was honored at special show by the Golden Age Revue. Sun. afternoon guests were treated to a fabu buffet by friends of Winston.
Magnolia Cotillion XXVIII served as the setting for the presentation of checks benefiting the New Orleans AIDS Monument construction project. The Gay Appreciation Awards [GAA] raised $3,000 for the project, while Steve Mettner and his Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli donated all profits from sales on Aug. 1 in the amount of $758, celebrating Steve's 60th birthday and the 20th anniversary of Quartermaster.
The checks presentation included GAA board members Marsha Naquin-Delain and Lisa Beaumann, New Orleans AIDS Monument chair Susan Levingston, Quartermaster's Steve Mettner, GAA board member Lance Ford, GAA volunteer Carl Ford and GAA board member Rip Naquin-Delain.
Construction on the project is expected to begin at year's end. It will be located in the neutral ground on Esplanade Ave. nearest the Mississippi River.
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