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
13th Spring Fever & 16th Purple Party Brings in $8,356 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends
Two great nights of entertainment culminated with a whopping $8,356 benefiting the Gay Easter Parade and Food For Friends. The 13th Annual Spring Fever Extravaganza hosted by GEP Board's Electra City and Tittie Toulouse raised $3,241 at Four Seasons in Metairie. A week later $5,115 was raised at The Double Play for the 16th Annual Purple Party Easter Grand Marshals Reception (covered in the New Orleans Advocate).
Spring Fever brought to the stage the talents of City and Toulouse as both emcees and entertainers, along with Easter Grand Marshals XVI Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue', Big Momma LaVouge, Princess Stephaney, Taze Ya Balls, Countess C Alice, Natasha Sinclair, and special guest Pussy Hertz from LA.
The event brought in 490.00 from the door, 460.00 from Stage Performance Tips, 156.00 from Egg Raffles, 77.50 from 50/50 Raffle, 77.50 from 50/50 Raffle Winner Dwain Hertz donation, and 140.00 from Marshmallow Shots. Auctions raised 50.00 for Martin Wine Cellar Basket from June Pennick, 56.00 for WDSU Mask from Gene Theriot, 60.00 for Pinnacle Liquor Basket from Ellen Miller, 316.00 for Basket of Love, 200.00 for Jayce Frew Pride Torso, 60.00 for Pinnacle Liquor Basket from Angela, 110.00 for Trick Basket from Ellen Miller, 320.00 for Big Pink Bunny Basket from Gene Theriot, 200.00 for Cologne Basket from RJ, 175.00 for Royal Salamander Egg from Jason & Troy, 45.00 for Easter Centerpiece from Gene Theriot, 90.00 for Big Blue Bunny Basket from Chris Ward, 60.00 for Afghan from Gene Theriot, 98.00 for Cowboy Stripoff, for an event total of 3,241.00. An additional 271.25 was presented by The Glitter Girls for a Silver Sponsorship.
The Purple Party was emceed by GEP Board's Tony Leggio and Opal Masters, showcasing Easter Grand Marshals XVI Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue', special guest Tony D from the Gulf Coast, Princess Stephaney, Klorocks Bleachman and Coca Mesa. It also celebrated the 44th anniversary of Chuck Turner and Bill Miller who own the Double Play, and have hosted the Purple Party for the past 15 years. Easter Grand Marshal XV Stuart Nettles presented Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue' with their "official" Easter Grand Marshals XVI pins. Easter Grand Marshal II and head of the city's Human Relations Commission Larry Bagneris presented mayoral certificates declaring April 5, 2015 as Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue' Day in the City of New Orleans. Following this presentation, Bagneris also presented King and Queen Amon-Ra L Darwin Reed and Opal Masters a mayoral certificate celebrating the reign as Amon-Ra Royalty. Big Momma LaVouge presented a check for 1,118.00 raised at the Pink Party at Billy's in Slidell to EGMs XVI Johnny Passion and Deja Deja-Vue' for the Purple Party
The event raised 1,099.00 from the door, 267.00 from Prize Raffles, 267.00 from Egg Raffles/Jello Shots, 1,118.00 from Pink Party at Billy's, and 344.00 from Stage Performance Tips. The auctions brought in 140.00 for Basket #1 from Chris, 150.00 for Basket #2 from John-Michael Alderson, 110.00 for Basket #3 from Craig Miller, 160.00 for Basket #4 from Philip, 100.00 for Basket #5 from Tommy, 150.00 for Bud Neon Sign from Gary Vandeventer, 90.00 for Rolling Rock Sign & Product from Tone, 40.00 for Bud Select Sign & Beer from Allen Miller, 250.00 for Larry Graham Mardi Gras Poster from Gary Vandeventer, 100.00 for Basket #10 from Dwain Hertz, 50.00 for Basket #12 from Tommy for Tone, 210.00 for Springtime Easter Egg from Chuck & Bill, 140.00 for Paul Davis Wig from Tittie Toulouse, 50.00 for SuziiFrank Bowtie Teddy Bear Basket from Tony Leggio, 80.00 for Phantom of the Opera Chest from Tone, and 200.00 for Big Purple Easter Basket from Ellen Miller for a total of 5,115.00. Additionally, a Bronze Sponsorship in the amount of $100 came in from Jo-Jo Holding LLC.
The parade minus expenses benefits Food For Friends. The complete coverage of Easter weekend including the 16th Gay Easter Parade will appear in the next issue of Ambush along with the financial report with total donation to Food For Friends.
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. Information and sponsorship forms available at www.GayEasterParade.com.
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: 13th Spring Fever & 16th Purple Party Brings in $8,356 for Gay Easter Parade/Food For Friends
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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