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Volume 22/Issue 7/2004

Rip & Marsha



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

5th Gay Easter Parade Rolls through the Streets of the French Quarter April 11, 4:30pm

Easter Grand Marshals V Brett Messmer and Princesse Stephaney will lead the 5th Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade: Lillies & Lace on Easter Sunday, April 11 at 4:30pm sharp, beginning and ending on North Rampart St. All proceeds minus parade expenses benefits Food For Friends again this year.

Remaining Official Gay Easter Parade Events/Fund-raisers include:

Fri., Apr. 2DNA, Harvey • 8pm • The Westbank Cocktail Party Gala (8pm) & Show (10pm) hosted by Phyllis Denmark, saluting EGMs V Brett Messmer & Princesse Stephaney.

Sat., Apr. 3Double Play • 8pm • Purple Party V: Easter Grand Marshals Reception& Fund-raiser honoring EGMs V Brett Messmer & Princesse Stephaney with live entertainment by BLT.

Sun., Apr. 11 • 3-4:30pm • Starlight By The Park Pre-Gay Easter Parade Reception.

Sun., Apr. 11 • 4:30pm til • 5th Official Gay Easter Parade.

Sun., Apr. 11 • 5:30pm following the Parade • Ninth Circle & Society PagePost-Gay Easter Parade Receptions.

Final fund-raiser, Fri., Apr. 16, 8pm • The opening production of Queerly Speaking Cowpokes Barn Theatre • A comedic romp through the mind of a gay actor, a tour-de-force one-man performance with Adam Hawkins, under the direction of playwright Lewis Routh. Tickets ($10) only available at the door.

The parade is presented by Lance V. Ford and Ambush Mag. Parade lineup begins at Dumaine and North Rampart starting at 4pm. From 3-4pm, all parade participants must check in to obtain their boarding number and pass in the parade from Rip Naquin-Delain at Starlight By The Park. The parade travels down N. Rampart, left on Toulouse, 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, right on Royal, right on St. Peter, and right on N. Rampart, ending the parade.

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.

2004 Sponsors include: Platinum $1,000 - Queen Fashions; Gold $500 - Double Play, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain; Silver $250 - Body & Soul, Bywater Bar.B..Que, Club New Orleans, Corner Pocket, Cowpokes, DNA, Floral Affair, 4 Seasons, Golden Lantern, Ninth Circle, Petunias, Princesse Stephaney & Sam, Quartermaster, Queerly Speaking, Society Page, Starlight By The Park, Whiz Magazine; Bronze $100 - David Boyd, Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, Tom Conners & Bob Boler, Jay Cooper & Gizelle Bouvier, Fund For Diversity, Timm Holt, Ann Sauve, Rick Thomas.

All level sponsors appear in all Gay Easter Parade ads and at the organization's Website, GayEasterParade.COM.

Loads of participates have already joined the parade including, Easter Bunny & Little Bunnies, EGM V Brett Messmer, EGM V Princesse Stephaney, Carl/Lance Ford & Richard, EGM IV George Simons & Electra City, EGM III Timm Holt, EGM I Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, COP 8, Opal Masters, Tom Conners & Bob Boler, Something Different, Lee Page/DNA, NO/AIDS Task Force, New Orleans Alliance of Pride, Whiz Magazine, Queen Fashions, Damien Franklin & Billy Farmer, John Ryan, Frank Stewart & Friends, Krystal on Bourbon, Hook & Ladder, Orlando's Society Page, Salamander & the Fairies, and Rene Bryant & Friends.

Don't be left out, you can still get in the Gay Easter Parade. You can also sponsor a band in the parade for $400. Contact Producer Carl Ford to order carriages, for parade information, or band sponsorship at 504.523.4700 or carlan724@bellsouth.net. Parade entry fee is $10 per unit. Position in the parade is determined by date entry fee and carriage rental is received.

Past Easter Grand Marshals include EGMs IV George Simons & Electra City, EGMs III Timm Holt & Teryl-Lynn Foxx, EGMs II Larry Bagneris, Jr. & the late Miss Do Moreland, and EGMs I Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain.

The Board of Directors of the Gay Easter Parade include Founder Lance V. Ford, Producer Carl J. Ford and public relations, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain. For more info, visit GayEasterParade.COM.

Second Annual HIV/AIDS Empowerment Training in Spanish Apr. 1, 8am-3pm

NO/AIDS Task Force and Bristol – Myers Squibb Co. is sponsoring the Second Annual HIV/AIDS Empowerment Training in Spanish from 8am to 3pm on Thurs., Apr. 1, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal Street in New Orleans. This free training in Spanish is for the Latino community (infected and affected) and will cover updated information on HIV/AIDS. The seminar will cover such topics as the medical and psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS, risk reduction and insight on the affect of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. Health Care Workers, Case Managers and all addressing the HIV/AIDS issues in the community are encouraged to attend.

The event is free and open to the public but participants must register by fax with name, organization and number of participants at 504.821.2040 attention: Enrique or Sergio. Complementary breakfast and lunch will be served.

Graham's The Nude Exhibit Opens Apr. 1, 7pm at Golden Lantern

Renowned photographer Larry Graham of Graham Studio One in New Orleans will open The Nude Exhibit at the Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal St. Set for Thurs., Apr. 1 at 7pm, Graham will unveil some of his most outstanding nude works, which will be for sale. The exhibit remains at the Lantern through April.

For more on Graham's incredible works, visit GrahamStudioOne.COM.

United We Stand Entertainment Fund-raiser Apr. 1, 10pm, at Oz

The United We Stand Entertainment Extravaganza, benefiting United Cab driver Otis Baker and his family, is set for Thurs., Apr. 1, 10pm at Oz, 800 Bourbon St., in New Orleans. Baker, a 40 year veteran driver for United Cab Co. was assaulted by a passenger picked up in the French Quarter at a local bar. He was stabbed and rushed to Charity Hospital, where gratefully he survived the attack.

Baker is now out of the hospital and is trying to resume his driving career. Of course this was financially devastating to him and his family. As a result, both the Gay Community and French Quarter Community as a whole have banded together to assist he and his family.

A number of fund-raising events have been held and the final one is at Oz on Apr. 1. The giant raffle drawings, with loads of gift baskets courtesy of participating bars, and gift certificates from shops, galleries, restaurants, clubs and hair salons, will run throughout the evening. The Entertainment Extravaganza is hosted by Becky Allen and Bianca Del Rio and stars John Boutte, Harry Mayronne, Jr., Chris Weicklen, Running With Scissors, Pistol Pete & Popgun Paul, Matthew Ragas, the Slutpuppy Revue and more.

Authors/Priestess Appear Apr. 4 at FAB

FAB, Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen Street, salutes the publication of Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions by Randy P. Conner and David Hatfield Sparks.

The two authors join Priestess Miriam Shamani of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple and Otis Fennell, the proprietor of Faubourg Marigny Art and Books, for a reading/signing Sun., Apr. 4 from 3 to 5pm at FAB.

The authors give their readers a ground breaking exploration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender participation in African-inspired traditions in the Americas. They provide a well documented and provocative look inside the secrets of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people involved in Creole spiritual practices in New Orleans and other locations in the Americas. The book offers a landmark exploration of the complex dynamics of gender and sexual orientation in Vodou and other African based religions. It includes extensive, revealing interviews with practitioners who offer insight into the intersection of their beliefs, their sexual orientation, and their gender identity.

Randy P. Conner is an educator and author of Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming the Connections Between Homoeroticism and the Sacred and the coauthor with David Hatfield Sparks of the Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbols and Spirit.

David is an ethnomusicologist, musician, librarian, and educator. He and Randy are residents of Berkeley, California.

Church of Christ The Liberator sets Holy Week & Easter Schedule

The Church of Christ the Liberator, 1030 Marigny St., New Orleans, extends to the community a warm invitation to join them in marking Holy Week and Easter with the traditional rites and sacred acts of worship of the Church, in a loving and supportive environment.

Holy Week and Easter services include Sun., Apr. 4, 11am, Palm Sunday, Mass of the Palms & reading of the Passion;

Thurs., Apr. 8, 8pm, Maundy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Super and Gethsemane Watch, church open until midnight for meditation and prayer;

Fri., Apr. 9, noon til closing time, Good Friday, Devotion to the Cross, Church will be all day and evening for prayer and meditation;

Sat., Apr. 10, 9pm, Easter Eve Solemnities of the Empty Tomb and Mass of the Resurrection, Lighting of the New Fire, Blessing and Paschal Candle and Waters of Baptism; and

Sun., April 11, 11am, Easter Day, Mass of the Resurrection, followed by Potluck Brunch

You are warmly invited to take your place at the Lord’s table in the midst of this loving & supportive Christian community.

For two and a half years, under the leadership of Fr. Nicholas Romans, the Church of Christ the Liberator has welcomed the community into Holy Communion with God and with each other in a regular Sunday Mass at 11am and at other times on Holy Days. The theatre attached to Cowpokes is lovingly and carefully transformed into a truly sacred space on each occasion, inviting and supporting prayer and devotion with icons, incense, candles and chant. "The first church where I felt truly free to be myself," is heard often from members. Further information can be obtained from Fr. Nicholas at 504.610.3971.

MCC Announces Easter Activities

Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Greater New Orleans will once again host a variety of activities for the LGBTQ community in celebration of Holy Week and Easter.

On Wed., April 7, MCC will cosponsor the second annual Passover Seder and dinner with the Gay and Lesbian Chavurah of Temple Sinai. Festivities begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15. Reservations are required through the temple office, 504.861.3693.

On Holy Thursday and Good Friday, MCC will cosponsor services with St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 1130 N. Rampart. Both services are scheduled to begin at 7pm.

MCC’s Easter Worship/Celebration will be held at St. Mark’s beginning at 1pm. At 2:30pm, MCC will host its 5th annual LGBTQ Easter Picnic in Armstrong Park. A bonnet contest will be held at 3:30pm. MCC invites the community to encounter Christ through one or all of these activities. Contact the church office at 504.945.5390 for more information.

2nd Annual Marigny Bunny Hop Apr. 10, 1:30pm

Coffee, Friends and... is set to host the 2nd Annual Marigny Bunny Hop on Easter Sat., Apr. 10 at 1:30pm. After last year’s big success, the Bunny Hop is scheduled to begin at the coffee house, 2401 Burgundy St., in New Orleans. It will travel through the Marigny to area bars where each will host an Easter Hat contest with prizes.

The hop travels to Chet’s featuring the Dolly Parton Most Sissy Hat Contest, Big Daddy’s and the Kate Smith Largest Hat Contest, Friendly Bar for the Patti LaBelle Tallest Hat Contest, MatriXXX featuring the Minnie Pearl Campiest Hat Contest, Phoenix and the k.d. Lang Butchest Hat Contest and Cowpokes for the Patsy Cline Most Country Hat and the grand prize Best of the Best Hat presented by Coffee, Friends and.

Other contest along the hop will be Country Club's Martha Stewart Most Creative Jailhouse Hat, Bywater Bar.B.Que's Britney Spears' Biggest Gang Bang Group Hat and DNA's Best Non-Classified Hat.

GEP Releases Financial Reports from First Two Fund-raisers Totaling $3,365

The Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade is off to a great start, just completing it's first two fund-raisers bringing in $3,365. The annual parade, minus expenses, benefits Food For Friends under the direction of the NO/AIDS Task Force.

The first fund-raiser was Spring Fever 2004! A Star Studded Benefit Gala hosted by Easter Grand Marshal (EGM) IV Electra City at 4 Seasons in Metairie, saluting EGMs V Brett Messmer & Princesse Stephaney. The gala, in addition to Electra City and Princesse Stephaney, starred Tittie Toulouse, Vanessa Carmichael, Christina Crawfish, Gizelle Bouvier, Crystal Charbonnet, Jenny Joyride, Summer Storm and Vikki Vaughn.

Spring Fever brought in $1000 from Queen Fashions, $100 from Ann Sauve and $100 from Jay Cooper & Gizelle Bouvier in parade sponsorships; $330 in show tips; $100 from Ambush Mag; $110 in raffle money matched by 4 Seasons with $110 for a total of $1,850.

The second fund-raiser was Super Star Studded Gay Easter Parade Extravaganza: The Queens, The Stars, The Divas, hosted by Queen Satyricon 2 Bianca Del Rio, honoring EGMs V Brett Messmer & Princesse Stephaney at Body in Soul in New Orleans.

The extravaganza starred EGM IV Electra City/Gay Easter Parade, EGM III Teryl-Lynn Foxx/Gay Easter Parade, Queen Amon-Ra 39 Michael "Fish" Hickerson/Krewe of Amon-Ra, Queen Armeinius 36 Blanche DeBris/Krewe of Armeinius, Queen Mwindo 2 James Swire/Krewe of Mwindo, Queen Petronius Toni Pizanie 42/Krewe of Petronius, King Cake Queen VIII Phyllis Denmark/KCQ Royalty Club, Miss Louisiana Leatherette Savanna DeLorean/Lords of Leather, Opal Vanderhurst representing Miss Heavenly at Large & the Zoo Revue, New Orleans Grand Madame Tiara Dominique, Lisa Beaumann representing Gay Appreciation Awards, Dominique DeLorean representing The Women of Profile, Donnie Jay representing Slutpuppies, Marcy Marcell representing Golden Age Revue, Opal Masters/supporter/Gay Easter Parade, Bambi Riviera/supporter/Gay Easter Parade, Loren Brown/supporter/Gay Easter Parade & Ursuline Burgundy/supporter/Gay Easter Parade.

The Extravaganza raised $200 from Ambush Mag, $200 from Golden Lantern, $100 from Rick Thomas, $100 from King Satyricon 2 David Boyd and $100 from Queen Fashions in VIP Table sales; $420 from door receipts and $395 in stage tips, totalling $1,515. The expenses for the extravaganza included $100 - hall fee and $60-DJ fee, bringing in a profit of $1,355 for the event.

The Gay Easter Parade will release it's final financial report following the last fund-raiser this year on Apr. 16, in the Apr. 27 edition of Ambush, announcing the total donation to beneficiary Food For Friends.

Krewe of Mwindo Announces 2004-05 Events

The Krewe of Mwindo has announced it's schedule of events for the 2004-05 season. The Toga Party is set for Fri., Apr. 2, at Mama Rosa's, 10pm-2am; followed by the Royalty Announcement Cocktail Party presenting King & Queen Mwindo VI on Sun., July 25, 4-8pm; the annual Pool Party on Sat., Aug. 21, French Quarter Inn, 6-10pm; Mr. & Miss Mwindo on Sun., Dec. 5, 8pm-midnight; Variety Show on Sat., Sept. 11, Ebony Square, 8pm-midnight; and Mwindo Bal Masque VI on Sun., Jan. 16, 8pm, at the St. Bernard Cultural Center in Chalmette.

For additional information, contact Keith Carroll at 504.338.7732 or Joe McCory at 504.874.3958.

Krewe of Petronius 44th Rush Party Apr. 18 at Chet's

The members of the Krewe of Petronius met on Sun., Mar. 14, to elect their slate of officers for the 2004/05 season. The newly elected Board is Captain JoJo Marrione, President Wally McLaughlin, VP & Spring Lt. Toni Pizanie, Secretary Tom Schoonberg, and Treasurer Craig Schexnayder. The Fall Lt. is to be announced after the krewe's 44th Rush Party Sun., Apr. 18, which is being held at Chet’s Pub, 706 Franklin Ave. in the Marigny from 2 until 4pm, and hosted by Queen Petronius 22, Chet Robin, himself. You are welcome to join as a new member or benefactor.

Upcoming fund-raising events include May Fest, Sat., May 15, Starlight by the Park, 8pm-12midnight, featuring live music by Lisa Lynn, Stu Crawford & Co. and the May Fest Hat Contest; The Yellow Party, Sun., June 20, Corner Pocket, 5-8pm, with buffet, drag show and 50/50 raffle; and Sat., July 24, Summer Sizzler Swimsuit Party & Contest, Cowpokes' Barn Theatre, 8-midnight. The public is welcome and invited to all Petronius events.

The krewe's 44th Bal Masque is set for Sun., Jan. 30, 2005, 8pm, at St. Bernard Cultural Center in Chalmette.

If you wish to join the Krewe of Petronius and cannot attend the Apr. 18 Rush Party, please contact any member or email Psalmwrite@aol.com or call 504.833.1712.

Krewe of Amon-Ra Sets Events for 2004-05 Season

The Krewe of Amon-Ra announces it's 2004-05 season, beginning with it's Sister Sunday Social in April; Ester Williams Swim Party at McCarthy Guest House in May; annual Miss/Mr. America Contest Sat., Aug. 28, 8pm, at St. Bernard Cultural Center in Chalmette; and two plays plus the annual Fish Fry/Silent Auction in September.

Amon-Ra's 40th Carnival Ball will be on Sat., Jan. 29, 2005, 8pm, at St. Bernard Cultural Center in Chalmette. For more information visit KreweofAmonRa.ORG.

Lords of Leather Announce 2004/05 Officers & Events

The Lords of Leather in New Orleans announced officers for their 2004/05 Ball Season during recent Rush Weekend 2004 activities. Rush activities for club membership come close on the heels of the successful Ball Masque XXI production A Wild Very Wild West Show during Mardi Gras 2004.

Serving in his second term as club President is Todd Cole, Mr. Louisiana Leather 2001. Ernie O’Steen continues as Vice President with Elmer Godeny taking care of the monies as Treasurer. New to the board is Keith Istre serving as Secretary. Marking his third year as Ball Captain is Timm Holt, assisted Michael Elliott, Ball Lieutenant. Taking over the reigns as Special Function Lieutenant is Gerard Beaudoin. Gerard is also a member is the current Royalty of the krewe as Lord Consort XXI along with Jack Pruitt, Lord King XXI.

The krewe has recently moved into an expanded den facility where an open house/dinner was held during Rush Weekend 2004. Other planned activities for 2004/05 include the upcoming American Bandstand production on Sat., May 29, Mr. Louisiana Leather 2005 (an IML preliminary) during Southern Decadence on Sat., Sept. 4, Miss Louisiana Leatherette 2005 Contest on Sat., Nov. 20, and the New Year Eve Fetish Ball on Fri., Dec. 31. These events culminate with Bal Masque XXII on Sun., Feb. 6, 2005. Members of the krewe will also be participating in the upcoming Leather Leadership Conference scheduled in April near New Orleans.

The Lords of Leather, Inc. is a not for profit leather oriented Mardi Gras Krewe based in New Orleans, Louisiana, established in 1983. The primary mission of the krewe is to produce an annual Mardi Gras Bal Masque during the Carnival Season. The club also participates in the support of numerous charities and community based projects. For additional information and membership requirements, visit the krewe’s website at LordsOfLeather.COM.

HRC Announces Louisiana's 12th Annual Gala Dinner on May 14

The Human Rights Campaign proudly announces that the 12th Annual Louisiana Dinner will be held May 14, at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Cheryl Jacques, President of the Human Rights Campaign will deliver the keynote address. "In Louisiana and across the country, HRC is working as never before to defeat any attempt to change our U.S. Constitution to include discrimination against our families. This dinner and weekend of events will be a great opportunity to energize and mobilize our community during this critical election year," said Jacques.

Other distinguished guests include: New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin and Erin Daniels, cast member of the Showtime Series, The L Word.

The dinner weekend will include:

Thurs., May 13, Kick Off Event – This event will allow guests the opportunity to meet and great local and national leaders and celebrities in a more informal environment. Tickets are $100 per person. Location TBA.

Fri., May 14, the 12th Annual Louisiana Dinner, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. The evening will include a silent action, gala dinner, presentation of equality awards and dancing to Bobby Cure and the Summertime Blues. Tickets are $150 per person and attire is black tie optional.

Sat., May 15, Community Dance Party – Come dance the night away at Tipitina’s French Quarter. Tickets are $35 per person and include food and drinks.

Tickets for the Louisiana Gala Dinner can be purchased at Box Office Tickets, available on-line at: www.boxofficetickets.com/hrc or by calling 1.800.494.tixs (8497).

For more information on the event, to volunteer, to donate to the silent auction or to become a sponsor, please contact any of the dinner cochairs: Frank Welch, 504.723.3792, fjwelchmd@aol.com; Deb Graves 504.236.3373, debgraves@hotmail.com; Lynn Yeldell, 504.261.8149 lynnyeldell@yahoo.com.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that GLBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community.

Blessing of the Bikes

The Cavaliers Motorcycle Club kicked off its 2004 riding season with the Blessing of the Bikes on Sun., Mar. 14 at Armstrong Park.

Rev. Dexter Brecht of the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater New Orleans conducted the blessing. The ceremony began with an opening prayer, followed by the anointing of each rider and each motorcycle with sacred oil.

The event attracted a dozen riders and many friends of the Cavaliers, including club members Poncho, Deany, Doug, Mike D., Darryl, Jeff, and David. The event also saw several new faces, including Lance, Lynn, Doug, Jack, and Kathleen. Cavaliers friend Brian even brought along his Audi TT sports car to be blessed, too.

Many friends of the Cavaliers also showed up to witness the blessing and to show their support, including Kevin, Michael H., Michael W., Carl, and Lance.

Club members passed out small angel pins to each of the participants after the ceremony, and newcomers received the official Cavaliers friendship pins as well.

NOPD Det. Richard Sassnett, father of Cavaliers member Deany, covered the security detail for the event.

The Cavaliers followed the blessing by indulging in two of the seven deadly sins, gluttony and greed. Road Captain Poncho led the group on a ride to Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis for a big buffet brunch and a little gaming. Seven Cavalier members made the trip, with Brian following along in his Audi TT.

The Cavaliers Motorcycle Club is the South’s most active club for gay and lesbian motorcyclists. The group sponsors monthly riding events in southern Louisiana and Mississippi. The group will lead the Gay Easter Parade through the streets of the French Quarter on Easter Sunday, April 11. Visit the club web site at www.cavaliersmc.com for more information.

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