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Volume 18/Issue 9

Rip & Marsha

by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain

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31st Annual Jazz Fest 2000

Harry Connick, Jr., Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Erykah Badu, The Temptations, The O'Jays, The Allman Brothers Band, Lyle Lovett, Ani DiFranco, Better Than Ezra, Jimmy Cliff, The Staple Singers, Diana Krall, The Neville Brothers, Los Van Van of Cuba, Dr. John, Cowboy Mouth, The Wailers, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Dr. Bobby Jones & the Nashville Super Choir, Yolanda Adams, Dianne Reeves, Chick Corea & Gary Burton, John Hiatt, McCoy Tyner, The Robert Cray Band, Pete Fountain, Allen Toussaint, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Kenny Lattimore, Betty Wright, Nicholas Payton, Irma Thomas, Galactic, David Lindley, Marcia Ball, Joe Sample featuring Lalah Hathaway, Hermeto Pascoal of Brazil, Il^ Ayi^ of Bahia, Maracatu NaŘao Pernambuco of Brazil, Olu Dara, Corey Harris, Ricky Dillard, The Williams Brothers, Ellis Marsalis, Joanne Shenandoah, Los Hombres Calientes, Wardell Quezerque Big Band, Bob Wilber & Kenny Davern, Roy Ayers, Les McCann, Kidd Jordan, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, The Campbell Brothers & Sacred Steel, The Radiators, the funky Meters, Alvin Batiste, Ernie K-Doe, Boozoo Chavis, The Zion Harmonizers, Banu Gibson, and hundreds of other artists are scheduled to appear at this year's 31st annual Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Jazz Fest Producer/Director Quint Davis said, "This Festival is a thrill and a dream come true. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation has made an unprecedented financial investment in Festival talent. Check us out at www.nojazzfest.com for updates on the Festival, and at www.jazzandheritage.com, our new on-line store. Jazz Fest at 2000 is better than ever!"

The world-famous Louisiana Heritage Fair, which is scheduled for Fri. through Sun., Apr. 28, 29, 30, and Thurs. through Sun., May 4, 5, 6, 7, will again be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course. In addition to the music, presented simultaneously on 12 stages, the Heritage Fair will also feature its scintillating array of food and contemporary and folk crafts. The Festival's International Pavilion will feature the vibrant rhythms of Brazil as that country celebrates its 500th anniversary. The finest of Brazil's musical traditions will be "in the house!" Over 100 musicians and artists will offer performances, including Hermeto Pascoal, Ile Ayie, Maracatu Nacao Pernambuco, Carlos Malta & Pife Muderno, Chico C‚sar, and Cascabulho. Debuting at Jazz Fest 2000 will be the Native American Village, celebrating the unique heritage of Louisiana's indigenous people. Festival-goers will enjoy live performances inside the Village by Yellow Hammer, Robert Mirabal, Black Lodge, Joanne Shenandoah, Muskogee Nations Performers featuring Jonny Hawk, Tommy Wildcat, Thunderhorse, Pear River Social Dancers - Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, plus the Bayou Eagles and the Bayou Healers of Houma.

The state-of-the-art Grandstand and the neighboring Heritage Square will feature all of the classic Festival elements: music, food, crafts and fun! The multitiered, air-conditioned Grandstand will feature the Heritage stages, arts and crafts exhibits, video presentations, cooking demonstrations, music performances, and intimate interviews. Heritage Square will again be the site of the Jazz and Gospel tents, the Contemporary Crafts area, and food booths. Festival parades, starring brass bands and marching clubs, begin and end in this area. Congo Square, which showcases the cultural influences and vibrancy indigenous to the African Diaspora, will feature Kenny Lattimore, Betty Wright, The Wailers, Same Ole Band ("Slippin' Into Darkness," "Cisco Kid"), Los Van Van of Cuba, King Sunny Ade and His African Beats of Nigeria, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Los Hombres Calientes, Wanda Rouzan, Cyril Neville, Tanably of Cote d'Ivoire, Rebirth Brass Band (who recently lent their musical syncopation to the 1st Official Gay Easter Parade), Jean Knight, The White Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, plus many more. The Congo Square African Marketplace will offer original artwork, clothing, jewelry, and crafts that reflect this culture.

Purple Party Kicks Off Easter Parade Festivities
at Lance's Pub & Dance Pavilion in Harvey

The Purple Party kicked off festivities for the 1st Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade [NOGEP], Easter Eve, at Lance's Pub & Dance Pavilion on the Westbank in Harvey. The beautiful club boasted huge white arrangements accented with white roses and purple bows throughout.

As the Official Grand Marshal's Reception, the Purple Party honored Easter Grand Marshals I, Marsha & Rip Naquin-Delain. Marsha was presented with a beautiful white rose and purple pansy corsage along with 2 dozen long stemmed white roses, which complemented her Jackie O style gown in pale lavender taffeta, overlaid in chiffon.

The Grand Marshals were escorted by limousine from the French Quarter to the popular Westbank club. Parade Founder Lance Ford and partner Carl Ford, laid out the red carpet treatment for some 150 guests in attendance, complete with a sumptuous hot and cold buffet.

The evening event sported a surprise show starring Miss Gay Louisiana America Taylor Stevens along with the talents of Rampart St. legends Connie Marcelle and Marcy Marcell. Both Eastbank and Westbank revelers enjoyed the festivities including representatives of Big Daddy's, Footloose, Orlando's Society Page and, from Lafayette, representatives of the Miss Gay Louisiana America Pageant system.

Lance and Carl Ford made a special presentation to this year's grand marshals, a black marble egg inscribed "NOGEP I, 4-23-2000, Grand Marshals I, Marsha & Rip Naquin-Delain, New Orleans Gay Easter Parade."

1st NOGEP Rolls Through The Quarter

The 1st Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade brought 19 carriages and cars through the French Quarter. Parade founder Lance Ford, owner of Lance's Pub & Dance Pavilion made good on the theme, "Eastbank & Westbank: 1 Community."

Kicking off at Washington Square Park, parade goers were treated to a buffet at Rubyfruit Jungle. Club manager Asia made sure revelers got ice cold cocktails in a cool environment out of the Sun's rays.

The Parade started out with handsome Bruce & Kenny as the color guard carrying the NOGEP banner, followed by the Rebirth Jazz Band, who really got participants in Parade mode. A faux Faberge' Egg on wheels followed carrying Easter Bunny Jay, giving out candy to the children along the route.

The carriage with Easter Grand Marshals I Marsha & Rip Naquin-Delain, dressed all in white, came next. Friend Toni Pizanie was on board helping the couple throw Official Parade cups, along with both hot pink and giant white pearls.

Next came the Cinderella carriage with both Parade Founder Lance Ford and Lance's Pub partner Carl Ford inside pitching beads throughout the Parade.

More carriages followed and one limousine represented Lance's Pub & Dance Pavilion.

Miss Gay Louisiana America Taylor Stevens was driven by Miss Gay Louisiana America promoter Rick Martinez, along with his partner Paul Lasseigne, in an El Dorado convertible which matched Taylor's hair color.

Something Different's carriage came complete with Brett & Jeff, as well as Oz showgirls Bianca Del Rio and Becky Allen.

Lord King Damon Veach representing the Lords of Leather along with Colla and Phoenix's Red rode in the Ambush carriage.

Show Bar of the Year Footloose was represented by Todd, John, Entertainer of the Year TT, Kirby and her honey, all on board the Footloose carriage.

DB Carnes drove his Mercedes convertible representing the Krystal on Bourbon St.

The MRB carriage boasted Miss Gay United States Universe Felina Colby Shane, Second Skin Leather manager Scott Garrett and MRB manager Drake Higginbotham.

Princess Stephaney was spotted in a Corvette convertible along with Prince Sam and Christian Kean Johnson.

The Double Play's festive carriage had Miss Do on board along with Carolyn Hyman, King Cake Queen VII Stephanie Williams and showgirl Klorocks Bleachman.

The carriage representing Orlando's Society Page carried Orlando himself along with his guests and Ursuline Burgundy.

The HRC bright yellow Beetle carried two handsome young fellows.

The Parade also boasted many walkers who joined in and out, along the route.

The Parade headed down Royal in front of the Golden Lantern where Lucille, Ms. Verona and other Lantern girls ran out to the curb for throws and trinkets.

The crowds got thick along Royal between St. Philip and St. Louis. Once on St. Louis, the Parade rolled past Lucky Cheng's and some of their girls. A crowd of staff and customers were waiting outside Petunias, Le Roundup and Double Play.

Ms. Fly along with Michael Elias and Jay Sewell were on the Corner Pocket's balcony, and lovely bartender Ashley ran out with wine for the winos on board the Grand Marshals' carriage.

Once on N. Rampart, the crowd was waiting outside Orlando's Society Page, and out popped Nellie Mae, aka manager Michael, caring more wine for the Grand Marshals.

Then it was down to the crowd at Footloose, and an even bigger crowd at Voodoo, where Errol Rizzuto along with his Twisted Sistah Easter King & Queen, Michael Chase and Aletha Bryant toasted the Grand Marshals and New Orleans Gay Easter Parade. Even the 1st, 4th and 26th Southern Decadence Grand Marshals, Frederick Wright, Robert Laurent and Robin Malta were out cheering the Parade on.

Turning onto St. Ann the first crowd greeted the Parade outside of Rawhide, then on down to the crowds outside the Moon Wok and Good Friends Bar.

The turn from St. Ann onto Bourbon boasted the largest and loudest crowd outside the Bourbon Pub, Hit Parade and Oz.

The Lafitte's and Clover crowd along with those from Alternatives greeted the parade as it passed on down to St. Philip.

The crowds were waiting outside the Secret Garden, Second Skin Leather and MRB, as parade participants left their carriages and cars heading inside MRB for the Official Parade Party and Reception. After a flurry of picture snaps, the huge crowd was treated to MRB dancers Chris and Paul, along with hostess Felina Colby Shane and special guest Miss Gay Louisiana America Taylor Stevens.

Founder Lance Ford is already planning for the 2nd Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade next year.

Pansies & Dirt

Voodoo Does Drama raised over $700 at 735's Unladylike/Drama night Apr. 14th. The fund-raiser benefited New Orleans Breast Cancer Task Force. Voodoo owners Ken and Estelle, along with Voodoo manager Rick, guest bartended donating their pay and tips to the benefit.

Special guest Miss Gay Universe China Blue headlined the Undladylike show presentation.

MRB's benefit for Sonny Cleveland's medical expenses brought in $727. Voodoo manager Rick guest bartended and donated his tips to the fund and $150 as top bidder in the Second Skin Basket auction. Miss Gay United States Universe Felina Colby Shane, Miss Clikque National Teryl-Lynn Foxx, Miss Gay United States Universe-at-Large Symone Devereaux, Goddess and special guest Miss Gay Universe China Blue donated all stage tips for the event.

Food For Friends received $1,247 from the "An Enchanting Evening" benefit at Billy's Lounge in Slidell. The funds were raised through door cover charge, raffle, balloon drop, entertainers tips, silent auction, BBQ proceeds and an Ambush Mag donation.

The show emceed by Gordon Thomas starred Stephanie LaBlanc, Desiree' from Viva Las Vamps, Diva Delicious and Jazmine Taylor.

Chuck and Bill opened Billy's complete new patio with fountain, tables and chairs for the evenings festivities.

The event was sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Ray's Bull Pen Restaurant and Billy's Lounge.

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