The numbers are in: Southern Decadence 2013 proved to be the most prosperous ever.
Management at Oz nightclub tells WGNO collectively, gay bars in the heart of the festival pulled in more revenue than any other year.
“Makin money. Having fun,” Says Oz bartender Stephen Gioe. “We had a great crowd. Very large. Really helped out local restaurants, hotels.”
“Well, business wise it helped my store out,” says Frank Perez who runs Crescent City Tour Booking Agency. “More people than last year, definitely. We’ve been booking more tours.”
Perez recently launched a French Quarter gay history walking tour based on his book, In Exile.
Perez says a several factors came together making this year’s Decadence the biggest and best ever, “Supreme court rulings a few months ago. The weather was nice. First Decadence without a storm in a few years. Last year we had Isaac and then the year before that it was tropical storm Lee.”
More than 125,000 people attended this years Southern Decadence pumping about $100 million into the local economy.