Dear Ambush Nation,
On behalf of myself and everyone at Ambush, I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope each of you has a wonderful holiday filled with joy and laughter, celebrated with the people you love.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving we should all take a moment to reflect on that for which we are thankful in our life.
First, I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you, the readers of Ambush. If not for each of you, there wouldn’t be an Ambush Magazine.
We have a wonderful staff and team of writers & contributors–they are the ones who make this magazine great! And, although I probably don’t tell them enough, I’m very thankful for all of their talents and efforts.
I’m also thankful for all the advertisers who use Ambush as a vehicle to promote their businesses and events. I would ask you, the readers of Ambush, to make an effort to support our advertisers as they make all of this possible.
I’m thankful for my family and friends who are always there when I need words of encouragement and support. I’m thankful for all of the new and wonderful friendships I’ve made over the last two years of being the owner of Ambush.
I’m also thankful for the countless people and performers who give of their time and talents to help raise funds for many of the LGBTQ charities in our community. Your efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Let us also take time to remember that the holidays are not always a joyous time for members of our community. Please make the effort to reach out to friends who are elderly or from out of town and don’t have family nearby to spend the holidays with. Or just someone you haven’t seen in a while.
It’s important year-round, but especially during the holidays, that we all feel like we belong to a family even if that family isn’t biological. Think about having a dinner party for these friends so that they too may enjoy the holiday with people who love and care about them.
OUR HATS ARE OFF TO OUR GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS
We turned up for you and so did more than a majority of the voters in Louisiana. We’re thankful to have a partner to our community such as yourself in office! Here’s to four more years for you and hopefully not someone else!
MYSTIK KREWE DE LA RUE ROYALE REVELERS
The holidays are upon us and that means it will be Mardi Gras before you know it. Twelfth Night is on January 6th and it marks the Feast of the Epiphany, when the three wise men visited the Christ child. In New Orleans, Twelfth Night is the beginning of Carnival Season. Throughout the city people have parties to celebrate the event.
One of the largest Twelfth Night celebrations is Frank Perez’s party hosted by the Mystik Krewe de la Rue Royale Revelers. A party that started in Frank’s apartment on St. Ann, it has continued to grow each and every year and will this year be hosted at The Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture located at 1010 Conti Street in the French Quarter. For the price of $20 ($25 at the door), you get admission to the party which includes dinner and an open bar. You also receive a yearlong membership in the Krewe de la Rue Royale Revelers.
The highlight of the party every year (other than the food, booze and eye candy) is the crowning of the Grand Reveler. Each year a new Grand Reveler is chosen with their identity being revealed at the party. The only requirement of the Grand Reveler is to have a fundraiser at some point during the year for the LGBTQ Archives Project of Louisiana.
The doors open at 7 pm and the revelation of the new Grand Reveler will take place around 7:30 pm. At that time there is a meeting of the courts between the Krewe de la Rue Royale Revelers and the Krewe of Queenateenas. This is a party you don’t want to miss! For more information please visit RueRoyaleRevelers.com.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Winter Wonderland VIII, a benefit for PFLAG of New Orleans and St. Anna’s Episcopal Church of New Orleans, will be held at Capulet on Sunday, December 1, from 5 to 8pm. Please join Winter Queen and King III, Andrea Halstead and Jeffrey Palmquist, in helping to raise money for these wonderful causes. The event features a silent auction and several drag performances for your entertainment. For tickets contact Misti Ates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Ribbon Gala will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 8 pm to 11pm at Club XLIV on Champions Square. This is a wonderful event and a great way to support those living in our community with HIV and AIDS. This has become a signature fundraising event for CrescentCare/NO AIDS Task Force. The event will have food, and open bar and well over 200 auction items to bid on. Auction items include art, trips, jewelry and more. There will also be a holiday boutique where you can pick up some last-minute Christmas gifts. This is a ticketed event and the easiest way to purchase tickets is to search Art Against Aids – The Red Ribbon Gala on Facebook. Parking is free for the first 200 guests.
Always a highlight of the holiday season, the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus will hold their annual holiday concert “Sounds of the Season” on Sunday, December 15, from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the University of New Orleans. For more information please visit the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus website at nogmc.com.
Learn who will be crowned Grand Reveler VI at Mystik Krewe de la Rue Royale Revelers 12th Night Party hosted by Frank Perez on Monday January 6, 2020. Tickets to this relatively new Gay Mardi Gras event are $20 and available online at www.rueroyalerevelers.com.