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2017 Gay Easter ParadeThe 18th Annual Official Gay Easter Parade

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
@ 4:30pm benefiting Food For Friends...

The parade showcases the fashion and creativity of the entire LGBT community with gentlemen in summer suits/tux with hats, and ladies in Easter suits/dresses with Easter hats.
2017 Sponsorship Form

Parade Entry Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017
(Attire - Gentlemen: Summer Suits/Tux with Hats, Ladies: Easter Suits/Dresses with Easter Hats)
(No nudity, partial nudity or sexually explicit throws, gum or upwrapped candy are allowed in the parade.)
PARADE ENTRY FORM

We are NOW SOLD OUT OF ALL CARRIAGES
EXCEPT ONE 5-PERSON CINDERELLA CARRIAGE
...still accepting Car Convertibles & Marching/Walking Groups

(NO trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, motorized vehicles, floats, trailers, rickshaws or pedicabs are allowed in parade.)

GEP's Drag Extravaganza, Purple Party & Bunnies in The Big Easy Up Next
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 6)

16th Drag Extravaganza

The 16th Super Star Studded Drag Extravaganza is at Oz New Orleans on Saturday, April 1st, 8-10pm, with MCs Tony Leggio and Persana Shoulders, and incredible auctions with Easter Grand Marshals XVIII Glen Kahrman and Bootsie DeVille, plus "Man I Feel Like A Woman" put EGM Glen Kahrman in Drag Auction. Stars already slated to appear include: Queen Petronius L Bootsie DeVille, King Cake Queen XXIII Monica Synclaire-Kennedy, Queen Armeinius XLIX Beau DeLong-Church, Queen Mwindo XIX Krystal Knight, King Cake Queen XXII Aubrey Synclaire, King Cake Queen XIX Nicole DuBois, Krewe of Stars' Marshall Harris and Entertainer of the Year Connie Hung.

VIP Tables of 4 are $100 (call Rip for reservations 504.522.8049), There's a $10 door donation.

18th Purple PartyThe 18th Purple Party Easter Grand Marshals Reception is at The Double Play, 439 Dauphine, on Saturday, April 8th, 8-11pm, with a fabulous buffet, auctions and show starring EGM XVIII Bootsie DeVille, Clorox Bleachman, Coca Mesa, EGM V Princesse Stephaney, Angel and guests. The evening also celebrates proprietors Bill Miller and Chuck Turner's 46th anniversary. The evening also celebrates proprietors Bill Miller and Chuck Turner's 46th anniversary. The highlight will be the auction of a rare Sylvia Frank Easter Egg (circa 1980s) named the “Krewe of Petronius” donated from the private collection of EGMs I Rip Naquin & Marsha Delain. There is a $10 door donation.

The 8th Bunnies in the Big Easy is at House of Blues Music Hall on Friday, April 14th, 7-9:30pm. hosted by GEP's Tony Leggio with food, an open wine, beer and vodka bar, auctions, entertainment and the fabulous Bunny Boys! $35 tickets available HERE.

Sponsored by Ambush Magazine, more information is available here or www.Facebook.com/GayEasterParade.

7th Sponsorship Party rakes in $11,950 for Gay Easter Parade benefiting Food For Friends
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 4)

The Gay Easter Parade's 7th annual Sponsorship Party kick off raised $11,950, the largest total in the history of the party. This year the party was hosted by the Food For Friends Kitchen at the corner of Jefferson and Claiborne. It gave sponsors an inside view of what Food For Friends accomplishes because the parade in the largest single donor for Food For Friends. Glen Kahrman and Bootsie DeVille, who are this year's Easter Grand Marshals XVIII, greeted guests.

For the past 15 years, the parade has raised $264,700 for charity. In 2016, Food For Friends distributed 40,000 home delivered meals, 18,500 pounds of groceries, and 9,500 bags of groceries.

Under the direction of Glen Kahrman as manager of Food For Friends over the past 12 years, he and his staff catered the sponsorship party. It was quite delicious serving salmon/crab cakes topped with remoulade sauce, turkey meatballs with a Sicilian sauce and beef tips. Glen and his partner, CrescentCare CEO Noel Twilbeck, Jr. donated vodka for the event.

A very special debt of gratitude to all of the sponsors including:

Presenting - Ambush Magazine; Platinum - Friday Night Before Mardi Gras, EGM XVIII Glen Kahrman & Noel Twilbeck, James Garner/The Golden Lantern, Alva John Groth II;

Gold - EGM XII Gary Vandeventer, Joann Guidos/Kajun’s Pub, Krewe of Amon-Ra, EGM XVIII Bootsie DeVille, Jeff Bater & Tim Irving, Ken GrandPre’/GrandPre’s, Michael & Tommy Elias/The Corner Pocket, EGM XV Todd Blauvelt, Mona Lisa Restaurant, Ron Iafrate/Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop & Pub;

Silver - EGM XV Stuart Nettles & EGM IX Safonda Peters, Rodney Thoulion & RJ Buras, Rachel Bufkin & Sharon Barreca, King Amon-Ra LII Ronnie White/EGM XIII Rhonda Roget & King Amon-Ra XLVII David Roget, Dwain Hertz & Gene Theriot/Gene’s Po-Boys, Wood Enterprises, SDGM XLII Jeffrey Palmquist & Coca J. Mesa, GR II William G. Antill, Matt Giglio/700 Club;

Bronze - EGM XV Starr Daniels & Justin Moffatt, EGM IX Orlando Aloe, Jr., EGM X & SDGM XLII Tony Leggio, Krewe of Armeinius, SDGM XLII Felicia Phillips, EGM XIII Darwin Reed & EGM VII Opal Masters, James deBlanc, Natasha Sinclair, Robert Cook, Jim Hochadel, Gerard A Scavo, In Memoriam: EGM VIII Rona Conners; and

Venue/In Kind - Food For Friends Kitchen, Four Seasons, GrandPre’s, Oz New Orleans, The Double Play, House of Blues Music Hall, Larry Graham/GrahamStudioOne.

A special thank you to Jake Morris of Four Seasons fame, assisted by Shawn Tillman, who donated their to time to bartend at the function.

You too can still become a sponsor. There are 5 levels of sponsorship including Presenting $2,500, Platinum $1,000, Gold $500, Silver $250 and Bronze $100.
2017 Sponsorship Form

15th Spring Fever Extravaganza raises $2,707 for Gay Easter Parade benefiting Food for Friends @ Four Seasons, Metairie
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 4)

15th Spring Fever Extravaganza raises $2,707 for Gay Easter Parade benefiting Food for Friends @ Four Seasons, Metairie (www.AmbushMag.com/is717) (www.GayEasterParade.com)

Gay Easter Parade Board's Electra City and Tittie Toulouse hosted the 15th Spring Fever Extravaganza at Metairie's only LGBT+ club Four Seasons & Patio Stage Bar which the couple owns. The festive evening began with an all-you-can-eat shrimp boil, followed by a show chockful of entertainers, and a huge number of auctions. This was definitely the night to be in Metairie celebrating with Easter Grand Marshals XVIII Glen Kahrman and Bootsie DeVille!

Tittie Toulouse did the event's signature "Basket of Love" performance raising $630. The audience is asked to make $20 donations throughout this song. Each $20 buys a 3-week bag of groceries for a Food For Friends client.

The event raised:
Show Tips $268
50/50 Raffle $42
Shots $30
Easter Eggs $67
Basket of Love $630
Door Sales $315
Auctions:
Victor Victoria Photo by Rodney Thoulion $325
George Dureau Photo by Bootsie DeVille $275
Rosary from Rome by Lee $100 Lee Dugas
Luxueux Soaps by Sebastin Alexander $40
Flute Painting by James Trembly $30
Small WIne Basket by Lee Dugas $40
Ice Cooler Boom Box by Michelle Broussard $20
Ceramic Candle Hoder by Sebastin Alexander $15
Black Magic Backpack by Sabastin Alexander $20
Two Anastascia Dolls by Edward McDaniel $30
Anastascia Easter Carriage by Edward McDaniel $25
Large Wine Basket by Bobby Vallecillo $60
Large Premium Liquor Basket by Tony Leggio $75
Total $2,707

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop did a Gold $500 Sponsorship.

Gay Easter Parade Entry Deadline April 5
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 4)

2017 GEP Parade RouteThe 18th Gay Easter Parade sold out of carriages in a record three day period. Only one as of press time remains. It is the 5-person Cinderella carriage which is $750. The parade will be led by Easter Grand Marshals XVIII Glen Kahrman and Bootsie DeVille.

The parade is still accepting car convertibles for $200 each and marching/walking groups of 25 for $150 each. Due to city and insurance restrictions, NO trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, motorized vehicles, floats, trailers, rickshaws or pedicabs are allowed in parade.

Parade Entry Deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017 (PARADE ENTRY FORM). Parade attire is Gentlemen: Summer Suits/Tux with Hats, Ladies: Easter Suits/Dresses with Easter Hats. No nudity, partial nudity or sexually explicit throws, gum or upwrapped candy are allowed in the parade.

The 18th Gay Easter Parade is Easter Sunday, April 16. Arrival/check in time is 3pm at GrandPre's, 834 N. Rampart Street. Carriages load at 4pm with complete parade lineup. Departure time is 4:30pm sharp, ending at 6pm for the Post-Parade Party & Buffet at GrandPre's.

Line-Up is on North Rampart (Armstrong Park side) beginning at St. Ann back towards Dumaine and beyond to Esplanade on park side of street.

The parade route is: start N. Rampart @ Armstrong Arch, left on St. Ann, left on Bourbon, right on Esplanade, right on Royal, right on St. Louis, right on N. Rampart, ending at 834 N. Rampart at GrandPre's.

GEP's Spring Fever, Eggstravaganza Up Next on March 18 & 25
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 6)

Gay Easter Parade Sells Out of All but One Carriage in Record Time
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 6)

Glen Kharman & Bootsie deVille will Reign as 18th Easter Grand Marshals; 7th Sponsorship Party March 12 @ Food For Friends Kitchen; GEP Sets Remaining Events/Fundraisers
(See Ambush Mag: Celebrazzi, page 6)

18th Gay Easter Parade host 7th Sponsorship Party March 12 @ Food For Friends Kitchen
(See Ambush Mag: Out Front, page 25)

18th Gay Easter Parade Schedules Events
(See Ambush Mag: The "Official" Dish, page 8)

Past grand marshals include EGMs I Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain, II Larry Bagneris and the late Miss Do Moreland, III Timm Holt and Teryl-Lynn Foxx, IV the late George Simons and Electra City, V Brett Messmer and Princesse Stephaney, VI James Swire and Lisa Beaumann, VII the late Doc Reed and Opal Masters, VIII Michael Elias and the late Rona Conners, IX Orlando Aloe and Safonda Peters, X Tony Leggio and the late Marcy Marcell, XI Chuck Turner and Tittie Toulouse, XII Gary Vandeventer and Elizabeth Bouvier, XIII Darwin Reed and Rhonda Roget, XIV Tommy Elias and Starr Daniels, XV Todd Blauvelt and Stuart Nettles, XVI Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue', and XVII Ken GrandPre and Monica Synclaire-Kennedy.

2017 SPONSORS

Platinum $1,000 

Friday Night Before Mardi Gras, EGM XVIII Glen Kahrman & Noel Twilbeck, James Garner/The Golden Lantern, Alva John Groth II

Gold $500

EGM XII Gary Vandeventer, Joann Guidoz/Kajun's Pub, Krewe of Amon-Ra, EGM XVIII Bootsie DeVille, Jeff Bater & Tim Irving, Ken GrandPre'/GrandPre's, Michael & Tommy Elias/The Corner Pocket, EGM XV Todd Blauvelt, Mona Lisa Restaurant, Ron Iafrate/Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop & Pub

Silver $250

EGM XV Stuart Nettles & EGM IX Safonda Peters, Rodney Thoulion & RJ Buras, Rachel Bufkin & Sharon Barreca, King Amon-Ra LII Ronnie White/EGM XIII Rhonda Roget & King Amon-Ra XLVII David Roget, Dwain Hertz & Gene Theriot/Gene's Po-Boys, Wood Enterprises, SDGM XLII Jeffrey Palmquist & Coca J. Mesa, GR II William G. Antill, Matt Giglio/700 Club

Bronze $100

EGM XV Starr Daniels & Justin Moffatt, EGM IX Orlando Aloe, Jr., EGM X & SDGM XLII Tony Leggio, Krewe of Armeinius, SDGM XLII Felicia Phillips, EGM XIII Darwin Reed & EGM VII Opal Masters, James deBlanc, Natasha Sinclair, Robert Cook, Jim Hochadel, Gerard A Scavo, In Memoriam: EGM VIII Rona Conners by R&M

VENUE/
In-Kind:

Food For Friends Kitchen, Four Seasons, GrandPre's, Oz New Orleans, The Double Play, House of Blues Music Hall; Larry Graham/GrahamStudioOne

Past Easter Parades

Accommodations & Lodging
For Parade Information, contact Rip Naquin-Delain
info@ambushmag.com
or call 504.522.8049
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