Annual Official Gay Easter Parade
Deja Deja-Vue' & Johnny Passion
(Photo by Larry Graham)
Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 @ 4:30pm
benefiting Food For Friends
2015 Sponsorship Form
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.
6th Annual Bunnies in The Big Easy Good Friday, April 3
The always fun and sexy 6th Annual Bunnies in The Big Easy is set Good Friday, April 3, 7-9:30pm, at the private home of Kim Smith in the Marigny, complete with heated pool and some of the best bunny bodies in town. $35 advance tickets ONLY limited to 100 tickets. Hosted by GEP Boardís Tony Leggio and Rona Conners, get your tickets or call Tony at 504.252.5476.
The evening includes:
> Buffet, Vodka Cocktails, Wine & Beer Bar, Non-Alcoholic Beverages
> Dance to the jams by DJ Mark Louque
> Pet the boys and feed them Peeps in our "adults only" Petting Zoo
> Buy your Rubber Duckies for a chance to win a fabulous grand prize
> Experience the biggest and boldest in Bonnet Couture from costume designer AllŠn Herrera and bonnetista Megan CW modeled by our hottest bunny bodies in town
> Bring your very best bonnet for a special "guests only" Bonnet Contest!
> Incredible Live Auctions plus many more surprises!
16th Gay Easter Parade Rolls thru French Quarter April 5 led by Johnny Passion & Deja Deja-Vue'
Easter Sunday, April 5, will see the 16th Annual Gay Easter Parade roll through the streets of the historic French Quarter. Led by Easter Grand Marshals XVI Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue', some 29 carriages, wagons and trolleys will be joined by two bands, seven walking groups and 10 vehicles, kicking off at 4:30pm sharp.
The parade route starts at the Armstrong Park Arch, down N. Rampart to Toulouse, u-turn on Toulouse, back down N. Rampart to St. Ann, right 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, GrandPre's.
Sponsored by Ambush Magazine, 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. The parade minus expenses benefits Food For Friends, a vital service of NO/AIDS Task Force, and for the past 13 years, the parade has raised over $202,414 for charity.
All parade entries must have been registered by March 20, and checkin is Sunday, April 5 with Gay Easter Parade's Steve Patrick inside at GrandPre's, 834. N. Rampart, between 2:30-3:45pm for the Pre-Parade Party and Checkin/Lineup. All carriages, wagons and trolleys will be boarded between 3:45 and 4:20pm, followed by vehicles and walking groups. Parade rolls at 4:30pm sharp. The Post-Parade Party and Buffet will begin at 6pm at GrandPre's.
Sponsors as of press time 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 Ronís 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;
In Kind/Venue Cutterís, GrandPreís, Oz New Orleans, Double Play, Four Seasons, Larry Graham-www.GrahamStudioOne.com. Information and sponsorship forms available at www.GayEasterParade.com.
14th Super Star Studded Drag Extravaganza Raises $3,894 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends
All roads led to Oz on March 14 as Gay Easter Parade's 14th Super Star Studded Drag Extravaganza hit the stage! This is one event which unites the LGBT+ community bringing reigning gay Carnival royalty to the stage along with King Cake Queens and star celebrities, all together for one night only. GEP Board's Tony Leggio (EGM X) and Opal Masters (EGM VII) proved once again to be an unbeatable duo as ring masters for the evening with wild entertainment, incredible auctions, and loads of fun and laughter.
The show opened with the once a year performance of Easter Grand Marshal I Marsha Delain doing Martha Wash's "Proud." Next came reigning King Cake Queen XXII Aubrey Synclaire with a dazzler, followed by reigning Queen Amon-Ra L Opal Masters in all her splendor.
The first auction of the night was won by Clay Christian with a $150 bid for the Down the Bayou Wine Basket, donated by Rip's sister and friends.
That signaled the first live performance of the night by none other than reigning Easter Grand Marshal XVI Johnny Passion. And it was followed by another crowd pleaser from reigning Queen Narcissus I Vivian Loveride and hot Boy Narcissus doing a charming duet.
The next auction went home to EGM XI Chuck Turner and Bill Miller with a $180 bid for the Fleur de Lis Egg donated by EGM VIII Rona Conners.
Reigning Easter Grand Marshal XVI Deja Deja-Vue' tantalized the crowd next followed by the incomparable King Cake Queen XIII Raven Kennedy.
The next auction was taken home by NO/AIDS Task Force's John-Michael Alderson with a $150 for the Oz VIP Card & Bar Tab packaged donated by Oz.
King Cake Queen XIX Nicole Dubois was up next bringing down the house with her hilarious version of Miley Cyrus twerking!
One of the biggest auctions of the night went to Larry Anderson for the Giant Easter Basket bringing in $500 laden with liquor donated by Rip and Marsha, and EGM XVI Deja Deja-Vue', along with a half page color Ambush ad, and certificates/bar tabs from Crescent City Tour Booking Agency, The Golden Lantern, Kajun's Pub, and Two Guys Cutting Hair. It also included Vintage Gold Foil Bunny, and Elizabeth Taylor Sparkling White Diamonds donated by EGM VIII Rona Conners, Elegant Expressions Ocean Breeze Fragrance, and silver wine goblets donated by EGM XVI Deja Deja-Vue', and Easter candies donated by Rip and Marsha.
Reigning Miss Golden Lantern Monica Synclaire-Kennedy was up next on the hit parade.
This led up to the highly anticipated "Man I Feel Like A Woman" Put Pride Grand Marshal Adikus Sulpizi in Drag Auction. This hysterical transformation was only achieved with the professional help of Miss Gay America 2006 Nicole Dubois and all the various auction winners.
This auction brought in $25 for the Dress from John-Michael Alderson, $60 for Blush & Eye Shadow from Shawn, $40 for Lipstick from Solitaire, $25 for Eyelashes from Rhonda Roget, $25 for Earrings from Noel Twilbeck, $35 for Wig from Mr. Louisiana Leather Jason Ashford, $25 for Shoes from Rip Naquin
put on by Tony Leggio, $75 for Name That Queen "Sweet Sunshine" from Rip Naquin & NYC Guest, $50 for Song "Man I Feel Like A Woman" from Todd Blauvelt, and $40 in Stage Performance Tips, for a total of $410.
The excitement continued as reigning King and Queen Satyricon XIII Marshal Harris and Becky Allen took to the stage singing "Proud Mary" live with an assortment of back up dancers pulled from the audience.
Queen Armeinius XLVII DragZilla took command of the stage bringing Adele to life with "Skyfall" getting a rousing ovation from the crowd!
The show closed out with the one and only Big Easy Sisters' own NvSr Moana Moansalotts and NvSr Cathi Terr. But that wasn't all, they helped do the surprise, and last auction of the evening, of a 2014 Southern Decadence Religious Zealot Banner confiscated by the Gay Police. It went for $120 from William K. in Slidell.
The complete financial statement for the 14th Drag Extravaganza includes: 1,600.00 Door/Cash, 784.00 Stage Performance Tips, 150.00 Down The Bayou Wine Basket Auction,. 180.00 Fleur de Lis Egg Auction, 150.00 Oz VIP Card & Bar Tab, 500.00 Giant Easter Basket Auction, 120.00 2014 SD Religious Zealot Banner, 410.00 Put Adikus Sulpizi in Drag Auction, for a total of 3,894.00. There were no expenses for this event.
An additional $450 in sponsorships came in including one Silver ($250) from Holly Bryson and Debbie Reynolds, and two Bronze ($100) from Bourbon Pride and Helene Berot.
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, and XV Todd Blauvelt and Stewart Nettles.
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 @ Cutterís
snap paparazzi: 7th Eggstravaganza raises $2,619 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends @ GrandPreís
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 @ Grandpreís (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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