Dear Ambush Nation,
On behalf of everyone at Ambush, Happy Halloween! New Orleans is a town known for parties and elaborate costumes, and Halloween brings out the best of both. Check out the pages of this issue of Ambush for a list of all the “Hot Happenings” this Halloween weekend. And of course, this time of year features the big Halloween New Orleans (HNO) fundraiser for Project Lazarus. October’s final weekend will have 3 events hosted by HNO for you to enjoy. For more information on the HNO festivities, you can visit HalloweenNewOrleans.com.
AMBUSH ENDORSES JOHN BEL EDWARDS FOR GOVERNOR
Incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards garnered 47% of the vote in the primary election sending him into a runoff versus a Republican opponent whose name I can’t bear to mention. Not only has Gov. Edwards taken the budget deficit he inherited from Bobby Jindal and turn it into a surplus, but he’s also worked to provide protections for members of the LGBT community. His opponent is built in the mold of President Trump and is in no way a friend to the LGBT community. The runoff election for Governor in Louisiana is scheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2019. Early voting takes place from November 2nd thru 9th (except Sunday). Runoff elections usually have a lower turnout than a primary meaning every single vote counts. Please vote as if your life, rights and protections depend on it … because they do!
MR & MISS NATIONAL APOLLO 2020
The Mr. and Miss National Apollo 2020 competition will take place at Oz New Orleans on Saturday, November 16. The event is being hosted by the Mystic Krewe of Apollo de New Orleans along with their sister Krewes in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Birmingham. Contestants for all Apollo cities will compete in Mardi Gras presentation, formal wear and talent categories. A cover charge of only $5 will be charged for entrance to the event. For more information or to buy a VIP table please visit MKANola.com.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
New Orleans native Bianca Del Rio will be taking her It’s Jester Joke comedy tour to the Big Easy on Sunday, November 10 at 8 pm. The show is at the Orpheum Theater and is guaranteed to be filled with laughs and audible gasps from the audience. Del Rio has taken her tour all over the world and most recently performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. For ticket information visit TheBiancaDelRio.com.
NOAGE will hold their 5th annual gala “NOAGE in the Enchanted Wood” on Friday, November 22nd from 7 to 10 pm in the Cajun Ballroom at the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit within Audubon Zoo. The event will feature live entertainment, an open bar, delicious food, a silent auction and the presentation of the 2019 NOAGE Trailblazer Awards to Dr. Jody Gates and Marilyn McConnell. Suggested attire for the event is fairy tale fabulous. All proceeds from the event benefit NOAGE and tickets can be purchased at NoageNola.org.
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 8 pm. 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.
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 15th from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the University of New Orleans. For more information please visit the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus website at nogmc.com.