The 17th Annual Official Gay Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 @ 4:30pm
The parade showcases the fashion and creativity of the entire GLBT community with gentlemen in summer suits/tux with hats, and ladies in Easter suits/dresses with Easter hats.
Annual Official Gay Easter Parade
by Easter Grand Marshals XVI
Gay Easter Parade Raises $29,260 for Food For Friends; 40,000 Line the French Quarter Route; $231,674 Total Raised for Charity
The 16th Annual Gay Easter Parade rolled through the streets of the French Quarter on Easter Sunday, April 5 with some 40,000 on the parade route. This year's parade minus expenses brought in $29,260.05 for Food For Friends, bringing the total raised to a whopping $231,674.73 for charity the past 14 years. Congratulations to Easter Grand Marshals XVI Johnny Passion (Misti Ates) and Deja Deja-Vue', the many sponsors, and all who made this a reality.
The parade boasted some 49 units this year including 3rd Line Brass Band, Easter Grand Marshal Johnny Passion, Easter Grand Marshal Deja Deja-Vue, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, Darwin Reed & Opal Masters, Tittie Toulouse & Electra City, Tony Leggio, Dr. George Williams, Misti Ates & Catherine Gaither Children, Elizabeth Bouvier, GrandPre's, Krewe of Satyricon, Amon-Ra Playboy Bunny Reject, Robert Cook & John Zeringue, Orlando Aloe, The Double Play, The Golden Lantern,
The Golden Lantern, LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, Craig Bushey/Coleman Institute of Drag Studies, Krewe of Armeinius, Pair-A-Dice Tumblers, Big Easy Sisters, The Corner Pocket, Maison de Macarty, Stacy Bundrick, John Featherly, Bradley Cantrell Jr., Troy Lynn Lawrence/Sister Supporting HIV/AIDS, Aletha Bryant, Krewe of Petronius, Krewe of Petronius,
Food For Friends, First Unitarian Universalist Church, New Orleans Radical Faeries, New Orleans Radical Faeries, Astarte Revelators, Paul Doolan/Gayfly w/st8 Supporters, Justin Donnaud, Paul Steiner/In Memoriam of Shannon Watters, Lords of Leather, Lords of Leather, Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans, BreakOUT, Krewe of Mwindo, Krewe of Mwindo, New Covenant NOLA, New Covenant NOLA, Darrin Duplissey.
The complete 2015 Gay Easter Parade financial report appears below.
Revenue: 14,821.25 Sponsorships, 250.00 4th Sponsorship Party, 2,619.00 7th Eggstravaganza, 3,894.00 14th Drag Extravaganza, 3,241.00 13th Spring Fever, 5,115.00 16th Purple Party, 6,344.00 5th Bunnies in the Big Easy, 1,420.25, Parade Entry Fees, 285.00 13th Marigny Bunny Hop 50/50 Raffle, 200.00 Parade Day Donation/Mark Santelli, 40.00 Birthday Bar Crawl Donation/Todd Blauvelt = 38,229.50 Revenue Sub-Total
Expenses: 357.00 Sponsorship Pins, 407.00 Sponsor Party Bar Tab, 59.80 Wristbands, 500.00 Post Parade Cleanup, 730.00 Easter Grand Marshal Carriages, 67.00 Easter Grand Marshals Pins, 50.25 Parade Permit, 1,923.40 Parade Insurance, 2,400.00 Parade Police Detail, 1,925.00 two Parade Bands, 200.00 Bunnies in the Big Easy Cleanup, 350.00 Bunnies in the Big Easy DJ = 8,969.45 Expenses Sub-Total
29,260.05 Donation to Food For Friends
231,674.73 Total Donations to charity for past 14 years.
Sponsors include Presenting ($2,500) Ambush Magazine; Platinum ($1,000) EGM XV Todd Blauvelt, James B. May & EGM XVI Deja Deja-Vue', Friday Night Before Mardi Gras;
Gold ($500) Noel Twilbeck & Glen Kahrman, EGM XII Gary Vandeventer, Christian Rogers & Jonathan Reazin, Ken GrandPre'/GrandPre's, EGM XII Elizabeth Bouvier, EGMs VIII Michael Elias & XIV Tommy Elias/The Corner Pocket, Wedon Brown/Something Different NOLA Mid Century Modern Furniture & Design, Ron Iafrate/Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop & Pub, Krewe of Amon-Ra;
Silver ($250) EGM XIII Darwin Reed & EGM VII Opal Masters, Scott Vincent & Scott McRae, Sharlene Macesa/A-MED Ambulance Inc., EGM IX Safonda Peters & EGM XV Stuart Nettles, Dwain Hertz & Eugene Theriot, EGM XIII Rhonda Roget & David Roget, EGM IV Electra City & EGM XI Tittie Toulouse/The Four Seasons, Tanzanika Ruffin/Pelican Bay Restaurant, Rachel Bufkin & Sharon Barreca, Jeff Palmquist & Coca Mesa, Bobby Vallecillo, Wood Enterprises, Holly Bryson & Debbie Reynolds, Patrick Zabatta/In Commemoration of the NYC Wedding of Tittie & Electra Toulouse, Avita Pharmacy, The Glitter Girls, Misael Rubio/Quartermaster Deli, Karen & Gene Riggleman;
Bronze ($100) Paul Melancon, EGM XIV Starr Daniels & Justin Moffatt, Nick Olivares & Roy Smith, Errol C. Rizzuto, Freddie Guess, Tulane Ave Bar, EGM V Princess Stephaney, EGM X Tony Leggio, NACE/National Association For Caterers & Events, Robert W. Cook & John Zeringue, Miss Louisiana Leatherette 2008 Solitaire, King Cake Queen XXI Barbara Ella, Jeremy Weinburg, Pastor Shelly Planellas/New Covenant Church NOLA, Peter & Frank Abbruscato, Big Easy Sisters, EGM II Larry G. Bagneris, EGM IX Orlando Aloe, LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, Michael Durocher, Bourbon Pride, Helene Berot, Suzii Gaitan & Frank J. Wingerter IV/SuziiFrank Bowties, Mina Hernandez & Nan Owings, Jeffrey L. Laws, Jo-Jo Holdings LLC, Michael Sullivan, Larry Jones, Marty Curtin & Koo Gaffney;
In Kind/Venue Cutter’s, GrandPre’s, Oz New Orleans, Double Play, Four Seasons, Larry Graham-www.GrahamStudioOne.com.
6th Bunnies in the Big Easy raises $6,344 for GEP/Food For Friends
The 6th Annual Bunnies In The Big Easy, hosted at the beautiful Marigny home of Kim Smith, raised $6,344 for the Gay Easter Parade benefiting Food For Friends. This fun event, held on Good Friday, was under the direction of GEP Board's Tony Leggio and catered by Food For Friends. With $550 in expenses, the event raised $5,794.
The event brought in 2,765.00 from 79 Tickets/Online, 1,165.00 from 33 Tickets + donations/Door, 144.00 Bonnet Sales, 300.00 Duck Raffles, 70.00 Performance Tips/Deja Deja-Vue', 90.00 Tips/Massage Therapist;
Auctions: 100.00 Oz VIP Package from Bradley Latham, 80.00 Sweetheart Basket from Radrel, 70.00 Tales of the Cocktail from Romme, 30.00Marilyn Monroe Poster from John Peifer,100.00 Elizabeth Taylor White Diamond Basket from Kim Smith,150.00 Broussard's Restaurant Basket from Kim Smith, 40.00 Audrey Hepburn Poster from Michael Elias, 150.00 Italian Easter Basket from Scott Spivey, 200.00 Quoizel Tiffany Inspired Lamp from Fisher Gambino-Royal St. from Carl, 150.00 Man In Bloom by Madison from Albert Carey, 125.00 Larry Anderson Easter Basket from Zain Tewalthomas, 60.00, John Frenchman 1957 Poster from Amanda Milano, 95.00 Fashion Basket & Print from Christian Rogers, 200.00 Seashell Easter Basket from Craig Bushey, 100.00 Elizabeth Bouvier Easter Bonnet from John-Michael Alderson, 160.00 Barrett DeLong Print from Albert Carey
Expenses: 200.00 Cleanup, 350.00 DJ
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 Rona Connors, 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 Stewart Nettles, and XVI Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue'.
celebrazzi: Easter, Campaigns, Contests, more...; the "official" dish: 6th Bunnies in the Big Easy raises $6,344 for GEP/Food For Friends
snap paparazzi: 16th Gay Easter Parade led by Easter Grand Marshals XVI Johnny Passion & Deja Deja-Vue’
snap paparazzi: 16th Gay Easter Parade greets 40,000 along French Quarter Route
ambush paparazzi: 6th Bunnies In The Big Easy raises $6,344 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ Kim Smith’s Marigny Home
the "official" dish: 13th Spring Fever & 16th Purple Party Brings in $8,356 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends (see Page-4)
celebrazzi: Spring Fever, Purple Party
snap paparazzi: 13th Spring Fever Extravaganza raises $3,241 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ Four Seasons
snap paparazzi: 16th Purple Party raises $5,115 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ The Double Play
the "official" dish: 16th Gay Easter Parade Rolls thru French Quarter April 5 led by Johnny Passion & Deja Deja-Vue'; 14th Super Star Studded Drag Extravaganza Raises $3,894 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends (see Page-4) Join Final 2 Major Fundraisers for Gay Easter Parade & Food For Friends (see Pages 8 & 10)
celebrazzi: Gay Easter Parade's 14th Super Star Studded Drag Extravaganza & "Man I Feel Like A Woman" Put Pride Grand Marshal Adikus Sulpizi in Drag Auction
snap paparazzi: 14th Super Star Studded Drag Extravaganza raises $3,894 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ Oz
the "official" dish: First Two Gay Easter Parade Fundraisers bring in $11,419 for Food For Friends; 14th Star Studded Drag Extravaganza March 14 @ Oz (see Page-4) 13th Spring Fever Extravaganza March 21 @ Four Seasons; Remaining GEP Events (see Page-8)
celebrazzi: Gay Easter Parade's 5th Sponsorship Party & 7th Eggstravaganza
snap paparazzi: 5th Sponsorship Party raises $8,800 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ Cutter’s
snap paparazzi: 7th Eggstravaganza raises $2,619 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ GrandPre’s
the "official" dish: 16th Gay Easter Parade Fundraisers Kicks off Easter Season on March 1 & 6 (see Page-4)
spotlight feature: Misti Ates & Deja Deja-Vue' Chosen Easter Grand Marshals XVI; The Excitement Begins for 16th Gay Easter Parade Season (see Page-14)
the "official" dish: Gay Easter Parade Passes Goal, Raises over $31,300 for Food For Friends, Total Charity Donations Now over $202,414 (see Page-4)
the "official" dish: 5th Bunnies In The Big Easy Brings in $6,886 for Gay Easter Parade (see page 8)
snap paparazzi: 15th Gay Easter Parade 2014 led by Easter Grand Marshals XV Todd Blauvelt & Stuart Nettles (see Page-14)
celebrazzi: 15th Gay Easter Parade, 5th Bunnies In The Big Easy (see Page-16)
snap paparazzi: Some 30,000 Spectators Greet 15th Gay Easter Parade 2014 (see Page-24)
ambush paparazzi: 5th Bunnies In The Big Easy Raises $6,886 for GEP/Food For Friends @ Bourbon Vieux (see Page-34)
celebrazzi: Fundraisers, Celebrations (see Page-6)
snap paparazzi: 15th GEP Purple Party Easter Grand Marshals Reception Raises $3,556 for Food For Friends @ Double Play (see Page-14)
snap paparazzi: 12th Spring Fever Extravaganza Raises $3,445 for Food For Friends @ Four Seasons (see Page-16)
the "official" dish: Spring Fever, Bunnies In The Big Easy Up Next; 12th Annual Spring Fever Extravaganza @ 4 Seasons; 5th Bunnies in the Big Easy April 18th @ Bourbon View; 15th Gay Easter Parade Easter Rolls Sunday, April 20 (see Page-4)
the "official" dish: 6th Eggstravaganza Raises $3,501 for GEP/Food For Friends; 13th Star-Studded Drag Extravaganza Raises $4,387 (see Page-8, 10)
celebrazzi: Eggstravaganza, Drag Extravaganza, Put Jeff Palmquist in Drag Feature Pics (see Page-16); snap paparazzi: 6th Eggstravaganza raises $3,501 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ Grandpre’s (see Page-18)
snap paparazzi: 13th Super Star-Studded Drag Extravaganza raises $4,387 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ Oz (see Page-24)
the "official" dish: Gay Easter Parade Festivities in Full Swing; Sponsorship Party Raises $9,185; 13th Annual Super Star-Studded Drag Extravaganza; 15th Annual Purple Party Easter Grand Marshals Reception (see Page-4)
celebrazzi: Sponsorship Party Feature Pic (see Page-16)
snap paparazzi: Gay Easter Parade's 4th Sponsorship Party raises $9,185 @ Cutter's (see Page-24)
the "official" dish: End of Mardi Gras Heralds in "The Reason for The Easter Season" (see Page-4)
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