by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain
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2nd Official Gay Easter Parade Rolls Apr. 15, 3pm
New Orleans 2nd Official Gay Easter Parade has doubled in size over last year's presentation. Founder Lance Ford and producer Carl Ford promise to bring the class, fashion and creativity of the entire Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender community through the streets of the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter.
Easter Grand Marshals [EGM] II Larry Bagneris, Jr. and Miss Do Moreland [posthumously] will be honored at the Official Grand Marshals Reception on Easter Eve, Apr. 14, 8-10pm, at Oz, 800 Bourbon St. Complimentary champagne will be served along with hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli. Formal attire is requested at this event.
The Parade, with the theme, Strength In Diversity, begins at 3pm, Apr. 15, at the Mint, 940 Elysian Fields. Opening at 11am, the Mint will welcome Parade revelers with a buffet and drink specials for the Official Kick-Off Party. Line-up begins at 2pm. Requested parade attire includes for the ladies, summer suit or gown with Easter hat and for the gentlemen, summer suit or tuxedo.
The parade goes down Elysian Fields to Royal St., to St. Louis St., to N. Rampart, to St. Philip, to Dauphine, to St. Ann, to Bourbon, to Dumaine and then to Dauphine ending at the Double Play, 439 Dauphine. The Official Parade Party & Reception will be hosted here with revelers treated to a buffet and drink specials.
Lineup as of press time includes the banner carried by Michael & Durrell, EGM II Miss Do's carriage sponsored by Doc, the band Hot Eight, EGM II Larry Bagneris, Jr.'s carriage, EGMs I Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain's carriage, Parade Co-Founder Lance & Carl Ford's carriage, Something Different's carriage, James Swire/NOAIDS Task Force's carriage, Clarence Jackson's carriage,
Miss Gay Louisiana America Victoria Valentine's convertible, Oz's carriage, Le Roundup's carriage, Mint/Ronnie & Joe's carriage, Pat O'Rourke/Bessianne's convertible, Amon Ra/Randall's carriage, the band-New Birth, Queen Fashions/Gary & Tip's carriage, Alliance of Pride/Jim's carriage, Armeinius' float, Christian Kean Johnson/Princesse Stephaney's carriage, Orlando's Society Page's carriage, Aletha Bryant's carriages , Heath's carriage, Voodoo at Congo Square's carriage, SDGMs [Southern Decadence Grand Marshals] Tony Langlinais & Smurf Murphy's carriage, Ninth Circle at Congo Square's carriage, and Big Rick & St. Estelle's carriage, followed by the walkers.
The Official Parade Sponsors include Ambush Mag, AMBUSHonLINE, Club New Orleans, Cowpokes, Double Play, Harrah's New Orleans Casino, Le Roundup, Mint, Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli and Oz. Through the generosity of these sponsors, the parade was made possible. Other expenses not covered by sponsorships were underwritten by Lance & Carl Ford. Please patronize these businesses and individuals for their outstanding support.
More info. is available by calling Carl Ford at 504.581.4173 or visiting the Web site gayneworleans.com/easterparade.
Pansies & Dirt
Be sure and check out all of the ads in this edition for activities centered around Easter weekend. A complete listing of holiday events is available on page 29 or online at ambushmag.com/special.htm for other Easter activities.
The grand opening gala was a smash at Metairie's newest club Rainbow's. Kim gave revelers the red carpet treatment complete with buffet and hot dance music by DJ Stan the Man.
Then we headed across the River for a visit with Johnny at his Westbank club, Peppers. The crowd here was just arriving in preparation of the Peppers' Girls Show. We got a chance to visit with Miss Peppers Amber Nicole Welch, Sweet Sensation and Megan Starr.
Next up was the Mint. We stumbled into the all new Mint Ladies Revue led by veteran star Bobbie Ramone. It was a delight to see a packed house here with Miss Fury doing the honors as table hostess. Other stars included Tiffany Rae Button, TT, Melissa Marquis, Jackie Diamond and Rusty LaRoux.
The lovely Lucille and Miss Verona just celebrated their three year anniversary with the Golden Lantern. Many of the regulars here brought their favorite creations for the anniversary buffet. There were many crowd favorites including Teddy's salty deviled eggs. The more salt, the more you drink, right Teddy? However, the martini cheddar biscuits we brought were not to the taste of most of the cultured crowd here. It turned out to be a blessing since we took the rest home, made a pitcher of very dirty Sky martinis, hopped on the chaise lounge, ate and got smashed watching the Academy Awards.
Flex just hosted its gala grand opening with a sumptuous buffet and open house. The entire GLBT community was invited to visit the renovations just completed. The Gay men's social club features an extensive gym, aerobics room, hot tubs, steam room, sauna, movie room, snack bar, private rooms and lockers.
From there we headed on over to Ninth Circle at Congo Square, just in time to see Baton Rouge's newly crowned Trailer Trash Queen Kabrina Watson. She was just as beautiful during the daylight as she was the evening before at Icon. Kabrina was a good sport and showed us some of the highlights of the art exhibition opening later that evening. Artist Chester Breaux's Easter Series: Acrylic on Canvas was a colorful array of individuality.
The Queen of Sheba's birthday bash was up next at Le Roundup. And what a surprise it turned out to be for bartender Marty. When presented with two pies and one cake to celebrate, manager George slung the creme pie in Marty's face courtesy of George's honey Roger. Well, after cleaning up, Marty grabbed the cherry pie and chased Roger down St. Louis St. and back into the Roundup where Marty nailed Roger inside the door.
These festivities even gave Jackie Mae's "sour hour" a run for her money earlier in the week. Yes, we were reminiscing with the old girl, remembering when she popped into Petunias many years ago in full drag. When we said how she looked like Miss Kitty, Jackie Mae busted out laughing, saying we were the only old coots who knew who Kitty was. But, Jackie was wrong, out of a full bar, one fella piped up, that's Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke. So there were four of us in the house who knew the real Miss Kitty.
The every other week Golden Age Revue was a little different this time around. It seems veteran emcee Marcy Marcell was under the weather and did not make an appearance. However, those in the know said the star had been on a tear earlier in the day, and all she really had was the "gin" flu. But the show must go on, and go on it did. The stars dazzled including Rusty LaRoux, TT, Bobbie Ramone, Dominique Nicole, Josie Cotton and Connie Marcelle.
It was off to Oz to see the stable of boys on the bar. Yes, the Men of Manwatch had some delectable selections this night. One of our all time favorites was on the bar, David. You can see his hot photo in this edition on pg. 28. We met one of Oz's newest bartenders, handsome Billy.
735 was up next to check out the hot dance scene here. However, the men and women here were sure to please every taste imaginable. And the cute bartenders Will and Sean, shirtless, were an added bonus.
The "Corner" all male revue on the bar top at the Corner Pocket was up next. Lisa Beaumann did the honors here and what better star to get those hot boyz on the bar than "Miss Chicken Hawk" herself. Lisa's reputation for those delectable delicacies is notorious in New Orleans and even Memphis circles. But of course, you know chicken has to be 18 and older. Right Lisa?
And all the hot boys and girls jetted into the Country Club for Splash Day 2001. Even though the weather girls had forecast a wet and nasty day, the powers that be made it into a fabulous, warm, sunny day. The decks around the pool were chock full of hot sun worshippers. When we arrived Blake was dishing up burgers, hot dogs and other eats for revelers. You can have free lunch here every day between 1 and 3pm with your membership or admittance fee.
BywaterBar.B.Que/Lorenzo's Outback Patio Bar was the perfect setting for a couple of delicious margaritas on the rocks. Shane was doing the honors and what a great mixologist was he. Of course, if you want to dine on some of the best kept secrets in the Bywater, this is definitely the place to be.
The afternoon crowd had the Phoenix pretty much packed to capacity as bartender Donnie slung your favorite cocktail. It's always interesting to see who you might run into at Leather Bar of the Year 2000. And don't forget the Phoenix's Pre-Parade Party and Easter Bonnet Contest at 2pm Easter Sunday, Apr. 15. Jamie and his crew are always entertaining and decadent.
Cowpokes finally has gotten video poker machines and, according to owner Timm, the games are paying off for players. This club is a great place to meet those hunky country and western fellas. If you ever need to rent a Gay owned and operated hall, the Barn out back of Cowpokes would be a good place to consider. Talk to Rex or Timm to make your reservations. It's great for krewe and organization fund-raisers and functions, as well as for shows, dances and pageants.
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