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Volume 16/Issue 19

by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain

Over 60,000 Decadence Revelers;
$30 Million Economic Impact

Businesses across the French Quarter report record earnings from the '98 Southern Decadence holiday weekend. Most businesses were up 20-25% over last year's celebration. With these stats in hand, it is estimated that over 60,000 revelers brought an economic impact of some $30 million to New Orleans. Southern Decadence has grown tremendously over the past four years due to the marketing efforts of area businesses including www.southerndecadence.com, part of AMBUSHonLINE.

SDGM XXVI Robin Malta
Brings Decadence Back
To St. Louis & Rampart

Southern Decadence Grand Marshal [SDGM] XXVI Robin Malta led the SD Parade throughout the streets of the French Quarter. Starting at the Golden Lantern, Official Home of Southern Decadence, the Parade moved down Royal to St. Philip, then to Decatur. From Decatur the huge group of revelers went to St. Louis for the first time in over a year, heading down to Rampart St. for the first time in two years. The Parade went to St. Ann on down to Bourbon.

SDGM Robin made a concerted effort to stop in all GLBT bars along the route. He ended the Parade at Ambush Headquarters, where he and his entourage tossed over 5,000 beads to excited revelers below at the 6th Annual Official Southern Decadence Grand Marshal's Bead Toss.

Community businesses salute Robin Malta as one of the best grand marshals in recent history, not only for a great parade, but for supporting and making appearances, and doing impromptu bar runs, at practically every GLBT watering hole throughout New Orleans, since his coronation on July 5th.

Alice Brady, John Dodt
To Receive Lifetime Achievement;
GAA Gala Benefits The Living Room

The Board of Directors of the Gay Appreciation Awards [GAA] have chosen Alice Brady and John Dodt as 1998's Lifetime Achievement Award recipi- ents. Both New Orleans' legends have contributed to, and in many instances led the way, for the openness and acceptance the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Community experiences today. Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Jimmie Callaway, Dan Fountain [Betty Buttons], the late Andy Boudreaux, the late Buzzy Fanning, Dirty Dottie, Miss Fury, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, Dan Romero, Miss Do, Louise McFarland and Miss Dixie Fasnacht.

In other action, the Board chose The Living Room at Vieux Carre Metropolitan Community Church [VCMCC] as the beneficiary of the 1998 GAA Gala. The Living Room is a day/activity center for HIV positive adults. Last year's gala raised over $2,800 for Belle Reve.

The 1998 GAA Gala will be hosted at Body & Soul, 2300 Chartres, New Orleans on National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11th, 8pm. VIP tables with 4 seats are on sale for $100. Admission at the door is $10. For VIP tables, contact Rip Naquin-Delain at 504.522.8049. The Gay Appreciation Awards is sponsored and underwritten by Ambush Mag, AMBUSHonLINE and Budweiser. All table and door proceeds will go to The Living Room.

Last year's Entertainer of the Year Reba Douglas headline the 12th Annual Gay Appreciation Awards Gala along with cast productions from the top 5 nominees for Show Bar of the Year. All entertainment tips will go to The Living Room.

Public voting on the top 5 nominees in award categories will take place at Pride Fest '98, Ambush Booth, Armstrong Park, New Orleans. Vote for 1 in each award category Sat. & Sun., Sept. 26th & 27th, 11am-5pm.

Newcomer of the Year... Dominique DeLorean/Footloose/N.O., L Gee [Liz Garzia]/Cheers/Gretna, Bianca Page/Mother Bob's/N.O., Nikki Rich/Oz/N.O., Victoria Versashe/Oz/N.O.
Neighborhood Bar of the Year... Cheers/Gretna, Corner Pocket/N.O., Footloose/N.O., Lance's Pub/Harvey, Mother Bob's/N.O.
Buzzy Fanning Fight Against AIDS Award... Joyce Alberts & Lou Theriot, Ursuline Burgundy, Don Evans, J.R. Stansberry, Billy Warr
Bitch of the Year... Danae Daniels, Glenn Fonte, Michael Kleinpeter, Sweet Sensation, Stephanie Williams
Show Bar of the Year... Chances/Hammond, Cheers/Gretna, Footloose/N.O., Mother Bob's/N.O., Oz/N.O. [The cast of each show bar nominated will be required to present a production number at the 12th Annual Gay Appreciation Awards ceremony Oct. 11th.]
GLBT Friendly Business of the Year... Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood/N.O., Fifi Mahoney's/Atlanta/N.O., Semolina's/N.O., United Cab/N.O., Washboard Laundry/N.O.
Performing Arts Award... Becky Allen, Fernand Jackson, Donnie Jay, Barry Marino, Slut Puppies
Restaurant/Deli of the Year... Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood/N.O., Clover Grill/N.O., Krystal's/N.O., Nelli Deli/Quartermaster/N.O., Verti Mart/N.O.
Dance Bar of the Year... Chances/Hammond, Cheers/Gretna, Oz/N.O., Parade/N.O., Wolfendale's/N.O.
Bartender of the Year... Dallas Adams/Oz/N.O., Michael Hudnall/Wolfendale's/N.O., Carol McCarthy/Chances/Hammond, Patrick Rodgers/Footloose/N.O., Kay Wallace/Cheers/Gretna
DJ of the Year... Joe Gauthreaux/Oz/N.O., Mary Pappas/Rubyfruit Jungle/N.O., Tim Pflueger/Oz/N.O., Rhythm/Cheers/Gretna, Brett Scott/Chances/Hammond
GLBT Business of the Year... Footloose/N.O., Gay Mart/N.O., Hit Parade/N.O., Oz/N.O., Something Different/N.O.
Political Activist of the Year... Larry Bagneris, Roberts Batson, Mayor Marc Morial, Nancy Sharp, Jim Wiltberger
Leather Person of the Year... Scott Garret, Chris Hall, Christian K. Johnson, Carol McCarthy, Lorna Pierce
Transgender of the Year... Felecia Renee Cole, Miss Do, Jamie Gender, Rosa Miranda, TT Thompson
Lesbian of the Year... Lady Magic Necha Benoit, Pat Bergeron, Red Hanson, Carol McCarthy, Yvette Migues [Original top 5 nominee Lisa Ducre withdrew her name from nomination.]
Gay Man of the Year...Andy Boudreaux, Robin Malta, Harold Morris, Chuck Turner, David Weick
Entertainer of the Year... Barry Bareass/Oz/N.O., Lady Magic Necha Benoit/Cheers/Gretna, Clorox Bleachman/Mother Bob's/N.O., Danae Daniels/Mother Bob's/N.O., Sha'Nyia Ellis Narcisse/Wolfendale's/N.O.

In addition to the public vote awards, the Fly Fashion Awards, Cheridon Award and Marsha Delain Award of Excellence will be presented.

The GAA Board of Directors include Sonny C. Cleveland-president, Toni J.P. Pizanie-vice president, Lisa Beaumann, Teryl-Lynn Foxx, Mickey Gil, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain and Rhyn Pate.

Cheril Vendetti
Will Wow Burbs

Cheril Vendetti, the wild, irreverent, New York Italian comedic bombshell, hits the burbs this month. She will appear Thurs., Sept. 17, 11pm at Chances in Hammond; Fri., Sept. 18, 10pm at Billy's in Slidell; and Sun., Sept. 20, 4pm at 4 Seasons in Metairie.

Vendetti gives a fresh angle on comedy in her offbeat act which flows from homey to outrageous. She is ranked at the top of the list of the new breed of Woman Unleashed as seen across the country in improv clubs and on late night cable TV.

When asked what kind of audiences she likes, she answered, unquestionably, Gay audiences. They seem to "get it" better and are really hip. She has just published her first book, a cookbook called Auntie's. Is she a superstar? " I am a superstar," she says, "It's just that a lot of people don't know it yet!"

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