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Volume 21/Issue 5/2003

Rip & Marsha



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

4th Gay Easter Parade Festivities Kicks Off with Grand Marshals Coronation March 16th

The 4th Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade festivities will kick off with the Grand Marshals' Coronation Bash March 16th. The Friendly Bar, 2301 Chartres, will host the reception announcing Easter Grand Marshals (EGMs) IV from 7-9pm. This year's theme is "Friends Helping Friends".

Excitement is building as New Orleans finds out just who will lead this year's extravaganza of activities and the parade itself. The grand marshals are chosen for their past participation in the Easter Parade and for their community commitment and support by the Board of Directors of the Gay Easter Parade. The Board includes Founder Lance V. Ford, Producer Carl J. Ford and public relations, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain.

The coronation will feature live music by Eclipse and a buffet courtesy of Big Daddy Lou and the Friendly Bar Gang.

Founder Lance V. Ford

The parade is presented by Lance V. Ford and Ambush Mag on Easter Sunday, April 20th at 4:30pm and benefits Food For Friends. Parade lineup begins at St. Philip and North Rampart starting at 3pm. The parade travels down N. Rampart, left onToulouse, left on Decatur, left on Dumaine, left on Royal, right on Bienville, right on Bourbon, left on St. Louis, right on Burgundy, right on St. Ann ending at the corner of St. Ann and Royal Street's.

Parade attire includes tuxedos, summer suits or Easter dresses/suits with Easter hats/bonnets. Cross dressing is allowed. Nudity or partial nudity is not allowed. Please do not throw sexually explicit beads or throws of that nature.

The board urges all businesses along the route to host either pre-parade, during-parade or post-parade parties to celebrate Easter in the GLBT community. Businesses are also urged

to sponsor fund-raisers for the parade which benefits Food For Friends after parade expenses. Please advertise all parties and fund-raisers in Ambush Mag, the Official Gay Easter Parade Guide.

Producer Carl J. Ford

Businesses, organizations and individuals can also show their support by choosing one of the following Sponsorship Levels including Platinum - $1,000, Gold - $500, Silver - $250 and Bronze - $100. All level sponsors appear in all Gay Easter Parade ads and at the organizations Web site, www.GayEasterParade.COM.

Contact Producer Carl Ford to schedule all parties, fund-raisers, to order carriages and for parade and sponsorship information at 504.523.4700. Parade entry fee is $10 per unit. Position in the parade is determined by date entry fee is received.

The parade already has several sponsors including Platinum: Queen Fashions; Gold-Clarence Jackson, Mid-City Carriages, and Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain; Silver: Chet's Queens' Pub, Lance V. Ford & Carl J. Ford, Friendly Bar, Quartermaster/The Nellie Deli, Studio 504, and Tommy's On The Park Flowers.

2nd Annual Tennessee Williams Visual Arts Exhibition  Call For Artists

The 2nd Annual Tennessee Williams Visual Arts Exhibition is inviting all visual  artists looking for a great opportunity for exposure to submit an original piece of work that celebrates the playwright or any of his extensive body of work.

All selected work will be exhibited and offered for sale at Quarter Scene Restaurant, 900 Dumaine St., New Orleans. The exhibit will hang from March 26-April 30, concurrent with the 17th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, a weekend of lectures, performances, contests and other events, with an emphasis on the work of Tennessee Williams. There is no fee for submission, and the venue will not charge a commission on any sales.

While thousands of visitors make the pilgrimage to New Orleans each year to participate in all things Tennessee Williams, until now, there has been no inclusion of visual art. The 1st Annual Tennessee Williams Visual Arts Exhibition was the brainchild of New Orleans artist John Lawson and restaurateur David Favret. Quarter Scene Restaurant was a frequent haunt of Tennessee Williams when he lived in New Orleans, just up the street on Dumaine. Since the Quarter Scene Restaurant serves many fans of Tennessee Williams each year during the festival, the organizers believe that it's a perfect venue for the exhibition.

Deadline for submission of slides or photographs along with a completed application is Mon., March 21. For additional information and applications, please contact David Favret at 504.522.7533 or John Lawson at 504.827.1576.

Saints and Sinners, a Literary Festival in New Orleans

Join the NO/AIDS Task Force for a weekend of "Books, Booze, and Beads" in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. "Saints and Sinners" is a literary festival for the GLBT community, their friends and anyone who is interested in reading and writing. It will take place May 9-11.

The weekend will include workshops, panel discussions, and a reading series that will appeal to readers and writers alike. There will also be special events and book signings. Presenters include such nationally known authors as Dorothy Allison, Jim Grimsley, Katherine V. Forrest, Felice Picano, Patricia Nell Warren, William J. Mann, Jewelle Gomez, Greg Herren, M. Christian, Jess Wells, Ian Phillips, and Michelle Tea.

Some of New Orleans’ favorites will also be on hand, with Poppy Z. Brite, Kevin Allman, Julie Smith, Chris Wiltz, Patricia Brady and J.M. Redmann.

Other participants include Jay Quinn, Donna Allegra, Carol Guess, Jim Gladstone, Trebor Healey, Michael Huxley, Judy Doegenes, Ron Suresha as well as many others.

A number of publishers and editors will be present, including Angela Brown, Alyson Books; Kelly Smith, Bella Books, Karl Woelz, Attagirl Press; Bill Brent, Black Books; John Scognamiglio, Kensington Books; Joshua Clark, Light of New Orleans Publishing; Jay Quinn, Southern Tier Editions of The Haworth Press; Michael Huxley, STARbooks Press; and Greg Wharton, Suspect Thoughts Press.

The weekend will start off on Fri., May 9th with a series of master classes on topics from The Role of the Editor with John Scognamiglio of Kensington Press to A Novel Approach with Katherine Forrest to How They Done It with mystery writers J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren.

The opening party of the weekend is a Friday night reception in that hot spot of Bourbon Street, Ambush Mag headquarters.

A special part of the weekend will be a chance to attend an intimate dinner party with a featured author such as Patricia Nell Warren, Dorothy Allison, Felice Picano, Katherine V. Forrest, Jim Grimsley, William J. Mann, Ron Suresha, and J.M. Redmann. The dinners will take place in the elegant homes of some of New Orleans most renowned hosts.

Saturday kicks off with panel discussions and a reading series. There will be something for everyone with topics ranging from what editors want to poetry to writing ‘literotica’ to the Hollywood interview.

The saints can take an early night on Saturday, but for the sinners there will be an erotica reading emceed by Gennifer Flowers at her bar in the French Quarter. Sunday continues with the panel discussions and reading series.

And the weekend ends with a closing reception upstairs at the Bourbon Pub.

The festival hopes to accomplish two things. One is to raise funds for NO/AIDS Task Force and its programs and services. But the festival will also serve as a community awareness forum, something to show another side of the GLBT community other than the one shown at party times like Mardi Gras or Southern Decadence.

While there must be many facets to HIV prevention efforts, one way is to give the community social outlets other than ones that seem to place emphasis on drugs, alcohol and sex, as well as role models of talented and accomplished gay men, lesbians and straight people who are open minded and supportive for young people struggling with their sexual identity and needing affirmation for who they are and who they might become.

The festival will take place in the heart of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, using the Cabildo, the Shim Sham Club and O’Flartery’s Irish Channel Pub as spaces for the readings and panels. Everything will be within easy walking distance of only a block or two.

Visit the Festival web site at www.sasfest.com for a complete schedule of events, list of participants, and registration forms. For additional information or to register by phone, contact Tina Simon at 504.821.2601 x 217 or funddevelop2@noaidstaskforce.org, 2601 Tulane Avenue, Suite 500, New Orleans, LA 70119 504.821.2601, www.noaidstaskforce.org.

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