allons acadiana/lafayette
Volume 20/Issue 4/2002

by Patrick Clinton

Until this year, I had never spent a Mardi Gras in Lafayette. I always ventured down to New Orleans to celebrate Carnival, never really knowing what went on here in Acadiana. This year I decided to stay here and see exactly what Mardi Gras celebrations in this area of the state are like, and I could not have been more surprised. People in Acadiana, and especially its Gay community, really know how to have a celebration. From Fri. through Mardi Gras night, Lafayette's downtown was transformed into a party haven. The streets were crowded with people of all ages, and the bars were popping from morning until the wee hours of the night. I could never have imagined that a Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans could be so fun and festive. In fact, I had more fun right here in Acadiana than I had ever had before. Now that the Carnival season is officially over, I'm sure that many of you are ready for a break from all the partying, but don't get too relaxed because there are a lot of upcoming events that you won't want to miss.

Rockell will be performing at the Sound Factory on Thurs., Feb. 28, 2002, and believe me this is going to be the biggest concert event this year for the Lafayette Gay community. She coming to celebrate the Kick Off Party 2002 for the Miss Gay Louisiana USofA Pageant. Tickets are on sale now; so you better hurry and reserve yourself a seat. You don't want to miss this show. It's going to be unbelievable. Besides providing remarkable entertainment events, Sound Factory is also working on a new weekly lineup to make sure you get the most from their establishment. From now on, Wed. nights will feature some of the hottest male dancers around. You have to come by and check these guys out for yourself; I assure you that you won't be disappointed. Sound Factory still makes Sun.'s one of the best days of the week. They open at noon and the party doesn't stop until midnight. It's a full day of fun and entertainment, and the best thing about it is they provide you with everything. They serve a pot-luck dinner, unbelievable music, and unforgettable entertainment, all crammed into a single day. If you want to make your Sun.'s more memorable, come by the Sound Factory. Another new addition at Sound Factory is their two great new DJs, Hawk and Ry. If you haven't heard these guys spin, you're missing out. So whatever it is you are looking for, you're sure to find it at Sound Factory. Drop by and check it out for yourself.

Backstreet Men's Club is by far the most comfortable bar in Acadiana. Backstreet opens daily at 5pm, with superb prices during their daily happy hour. Backstreet doesn't have all the ruckus of the other bars. It is a place where you can take your friends, have a drink, and relax. Backstreet has pool tables as well as darts, with music provided by their one-of-a-kind jukebox. It may not be as loud as other places, but the quality is right up there with the best. Backstreet Men's Club is a great place to stop by after work or dinner. You can come in, pull up a chair, and take a break from your busy and stressful day. Remember Backstreet, on Polk St., is your place to relax in the afternoon, and kick your feet back and have fun at night. So next time you feel stressed out, or you just had an all out miserable day, get down to Backstreet Men's Club and let Mark and his wonderful staff take care of you. You will be glad you did.

Jules Downtown is, as always, a major hot-spot in Acadiana's Gay community. They provide a fun and friendly atmosphere five days a week. On Tues. nights you can enjoy "Cat's Ass" karaoke with host Cody King. If you haven't been by to enjoy what has become a Lafayette tradition on Tues. nights, then you're simply missing the party. Whether or not you can carry a tune, you can't help but have a blast as you watch all your friends get up on stage and try out their singing voices. Wed.'s are stripper night at Jules, But Danny has added two-for-one well drinks and $1 draft beer all night long. Now, that's a deal you won't want to pass up. On Thurs. nights Jules Downtown has a $5 beer bust. Fri. night is contest night, and believe me when I tell you that you don't want to miss this. Every Fri. the legendary Eureka Phish hosts a surprise contest, and I can assure you that they are as much fun to enter as to watch. Every Sat. night enjoy nonstop dancing with Scott Lannie. So if you're looking for a good time or a great deal in Lafayette, Jules Downtown is the place for you. Come by and see what you've been missing.

While you're having fun around Acadiana, don't forget about all the charitable organizations that so tirelessly support the Gay community and could so desperately use your time and help. If you have extra time, look into the Russ Howard Foundation and Acadiana Cares. Both of these fine organizations could use you as a volunteer. If we as a Gay community are going to continue to strive, we must support the organizations that help us. Until next time, be safe and have fun.

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