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Volume 23/Issue 4/2005

Rip & Marsha



by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain 
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Queen Fashions Joins Ambush Mag to Present 6th Gay Easter Parade; EGMs VI James Swire & Lisa Beaumann

Queen Fashions joins Ambush Mag as the presenting sponsors of the 6th annual Gay Easter Parade on Easter Sunday, March 27, 4pm. The parade minus expenses, benefits Food For Friends again this year. Queen Fashions, located at 3017 19th St. in Metairie, has been the top monetary donor over the past three years. Ambush Mag has presented and promoted the parade since its inception in 2000 with coverage, donated advertising space and monetary donations.

James Swire and Lisa Beaumann will reign as Easter Grand Marshals VI. Swire and Beaumann were selected by the Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade Board of Directors following the 2004 parade. They both have been outstanding participants and supporters of the Gay Easter Parade and its many fund-raisers since the very beginning. Swire is noted for his work with the NO/AIDS Task Force CAN Project, while Beaumann stars on stage at both the Corner Pocket and Oz.

The Whiz Magazine returns this year as a Platinum Sponsor donating advertising space, plus both cover and inside exposure.

The 2005 parade route, chosen by the board, boast a new, more inclusive route. The parade kicks off on N. Rampart St. at Armstrong Park, traveling down St. Ann to Bourbon, Bourbon to Esplanade, Esplanade to Royal, Royal to St. Louis and St. Louis to N. Rampart ending at St. Ann. The parade will pass in front of every gay bar in the French Quarter this year.

The parties already begin with the Grand Marshals Reception presenting EGMs VI James Swire and Lisa Beaumann on Mon., Feb. 21, 8-10pm at the Corner Pocket, 940 St. Louis St.

The 3rd annual Spring Fever! A Star Studded Benefit Gala is up next at 4 Seasons in Metairie, presented by EGM IV Electra City and Tittie Toulouse on Fri., March 4, 8pm.

The 4th annual Super Star Studded Drag Extravaganza is on Sat., March 12, 8-10pm, at Cowpokes, 2240 St. Claude.

The 6th annual Purple Party Grand Marshals reception is set for Sat., March 19, 8-10pm, at the Double Play, 439 Dauphine.

Gay Easter Parade Board of Directors Tip Varnadore, Rip Naquin-Delain, Gary Delaune & Marsha Naquin-Delain

 Watch for more details and other fund-raisers and events associated with the parade at GayEasterParade.COM, or in Ambush or the Whiz. For parade and sponsorship information or to schedule fund-raisers/parties, please contact Rip Naquin-Delain, info@gayeasterparade.com or 504.522.8049. Make all checks payable to Ambush/Gay Easter Parade, 828-A Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116-3137.

The Board of Directors would also like to welcome new board members Tip Varnadore (Electra City) and Gary Delaune (Tittie Toulouse}. Their personal support, as well as that of their company, Queen Fashions, has been immense. Electra City also reigned as Easter Grand Marshal IV, and along with partner Tittie Toulouse, have hosted a major fund-raiser personally each year for the parade. They join fellow board members, Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain, and as a board, make all decisions concerning the parade, parade route, fund-raisers and the selection of the Easter Grand Marshals.

The board would like to express its gratitude to former board members Lance V. Ford and Carl J. Ford for their outstanding participation, efforts and hard work in past parades.

Satyricon Presents Dress rehearsal of Le Petitís Eating Raoul, The Musical

New Orleans - The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon will present the dress rehearsal performance of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carreís latest musical production based on the cult movie classic by Paul Bartel of the same name, Eating Raoul - The Musical, on Wed., Feb. 16 at 8pm. The theatre is located at 616 St. Peter St. The tickets are $20 and are available from any krewe member or by calling 504.525.4498, for this one performance only.

Opening on Feb. 17 and running Thursday through Saturday, 8pm and Sunday, 2pm, until March 20, the musical comedy is under the direction of Gary Rucker and stars Bob Edes and Andrea Frankle as the murderous husband and wife team called the Blands, and Brian Peterson who plays Raoul, the janitor of the Blandsí nefarious apartment building.

FAB Returns to Frenchmen

New Orleans - You are invited to visit FAB - Faubourg Marigny Art & Books fresh Faubourg Marigny digs at 600 Frenchmen Street, across the street from Cafe Brazil, just 8 blocks downriver on Chartres Street from Jackson Square.

Come see the FAB new/used/vintage books, magazines, tapes and DVDís at this funky Faubourg Marigny corner store full of erotic male and female nude paintings, drawings and photos.

FAB returns to 600 Frenchmen Street after starring as the primary location for a real neat film titled Flakes which will premier at indie film festivals later this year. It is a unique story and film about love, music and hanging out at crazy cereal bar and the fun, funky life-style of the Faubourg Marigny and the Big Easy.

7th Annual Stars & Strays Spring Gala March 19

New Orleans has one of the largest homeless animal populations in the United States - an estimated 400,000. Last year alone, the local animal shelters euthanized more than 35,000 companion animals. SpayMart, a local, all volunteer-based 501© 3 nonprofit organization, was formed in 1999 by Pam Casey and Lynn Chiche. Their mission is to address animal over- population and animal homelessness through: education, aggressive spay/neuter, and adoption programs and initiatives.

The 7th annual Stars and Strays Spring Gala Sat., March 19, 6:30pm, will benefit abandoned/homeless animals. All proceeds from the auction will go towards helping the animals. Due in part to previous galas, SpayMart has assisted over 36,000 homeless animals.

Hosted at the UNO Homer L. Hitt Alumni and Visitors Center, the evening will feature a silent auction, live music, food by renowned chefs, complimentary photos, raffle, door prizes and free parking. Jim Tweedy of "Charlie the Red Cat" will unveil a new original painting.

Tickets are $50 with patron tickets $150-$500. Visit www.spaymart.org to purchase gala tickets, request sponsorship information, or donate auction items. For more information, or to purchase gala tickets or sponsorships by credit card, call Susan Geoghegan at 504.782.6649. All major credit cards are accepted. If you cannot attend, your donation is appreciated.

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