Volume 22/Issue 9/2004


Easter Grand Marshals V Brett Messmer and Princesse Stephaney led the 5th Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade through the streets of the French Quarter on Easter Sunday in New Orleans. Profits from the parade benefited Food For Friends raising $4,160.72 for the organization this year. A program of NO/AIDS Task Force, Food For Friends provides home delivered meals and food bank services to persons with HIV and AIDS in the Greater New Orleans area. Since its third year, the parade has benefited GLBT charities donating a total of $8,663.27. The parade is presented by Founder Lance Ford and Ambush Mag, along with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsors. Visit www.GayEasterParade.COM for more information.


Oz's fab 10th Annual White Party brought Tommy Elias, Johnny Chisholm, Cy Whitney and Chris together greeting guests at Dance and Show Club of the Year Oz New Orleans. An annual benefit for Project Lazarus, this year's White Party dazzled revelers with the transformation of the hot Bourbon Street club into a white oasis highlighted with over 1,000 white roses, lilies and glads; the creative efforts of Doyle Jaeger and Cy Whitney. As an added bonus, Bonnie and June Pointer performed live presenting all the Pointer Sisters' hits along with the talents of DJ of the Year Mary Pappas and DJ Raymond Mattix.


Bywater Mike Murray is joined by Danny for Bywater Bar.B.Que's annual Buzzy's Easter Brunch raising $3,805 for Buzzy's Boys & Girls on Easter Sunday in New Orleans. However, there's still the David Egg Auction (created and donated by Sylvia Frank & Pat Skelly) coming soon which will add to this year's total. Bywater Mike donates all of the food along with a host of friends, so all proceeds benefit the William J. Fanning Foundation (Buzzy's Boys & Girls).


The new board of directors of COPS 8 (Citizens Organization for Police Support in the 8th District (covering the CBD & French Quarter communities) in New Orleans aboard The City of New Orleans, a million dollar renovation of the 1927 Pullman Parlor Observation Rail Car by the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. The rail car is used to benefit various charities and will host one for COPS 8 on Sat., June 12th (All Aboard! Cocktails on the Tracks!). Visit www.COPS8.ORG for more info. Photo: (l-r) DB Carnes, Public Relations Chair David Self, President David Favret, Secretary B.B. St. Romain, Legal Advisor Michael Elias, Mari Kornhauser, Lynnda Gerson, 8th Dist. Capt. Louis Dabdoub, III & Vice President/Fund-raising Chair Rip Naquin-Delain.


Gay Easter Parade Producer Carl Ford accepts $330 for Food For Friends from playwright Lewis Routh, Cowpokes' Rex Romans and actor Adam Hawkins following the Queerly Speaking premiere hosted at the Barn Theatre in New Orleans. Food For Friends was the beneficiary of the 2004 Gay Easter Parade.



Princesse Stephaney, Danny McNamara, Chet Robin and Larry Branch are four of the new members joining the Krewe of Petronius during the club's 44th Rush Party hosted at Chet's Pub in New Orleans.


Joel, Dan and Timm won Best of the Best Hat contest at Cowpokes, the last stop on the 2nd Annual Marigny Bunny Hop in New Orleans hosted by Coffee, Friends and...


Wally McLaughlin and Romnie LeLeux show off their matching engagement rings during the 44th Krewe of Petronius Rush Party, at Chet's. The couple are off to Provincetown, Massachusetts on May 26th to wed legally before returning to New Orleans, where the couple will host a private wedding reception.


New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin joined the Human Rights Campaign Federal Club of New Orleans, hosting Fireworks And The Mayor, a reception at the Marriott hotel. The party welcomed the International Network of Lesbian & Gay Officials Board of Directors to New Orleans, showcasing a weekend of fun during the 21st French Quarter Festival, including the festival's great fireworks show.


The Austin Babtist Women celebrated Easter Sunday by filling the AIDS Services of Austin’s food bank coffers with $1,731 in cash and a barrel full of canned goods during their GospelFest 2004 show at Rainbow Cattle Company. Ambush Magazine not only sponsored the event, but Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain made a personal donation to the charity.

Performers included New York actress and Always…Patsy Cline star Cher Lair, Nashville recording artist Michael Clay, and 1995 Miss Gay USofA Patti Le Plae Safe. Local talent included comedienne Megan Becker, Miss RCC 2004 Simone Riviera, Misty Stevens, Goldie Haynes, Kelly Kline, Paris Chanel, and many, many more. The Deacon David Pearson and media celebrity Troy Kimmel emceed the show.

GospelFest is one of the Austin Babtist Women’s four annual signature shows they stage in Austin to benefit local charities. Their next production will be the Father’s Day comedy show on June 20th. For more information, visit on-line at www.BabtistWomen.com.


Tommy Elias and his band, Fancy Music, performed live during the free to the public, 21st French Quarter Festival, on the Royal Street Stage in New Orleans.


Ralph & Kacoo's manager Rueben Barrios served up jambalaya and bread pudding during the 21st French Quarter Fest in Woldenberg Park on the riverfront in New Orleans.

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