Southern Decadence – think mash-up of Pride, Circuit Party, and Mardi Gras
Nine preachers were arrested in New Orleans after yelling anti-gay slurs at Southern Decadence, an annual gay celebration in the French Quarter. The Times-Picayune reported the arrests of Patrick O’Connell, 45; Rolando Igleasias, 31; Cesar Chavez, 22; Daniel Hoogerhuis, 26; Danny Guevera, 20; Larry Craft, 52; Montes Diego, 32; and Gary Brown, 33.
They face charges of aggressive solicitation under a city ordinance adopted last year that prohibits “any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”
Another man was arrested for allegedly punching a police officer who tried to confiscate his bullhorn.
Police said the demonstrators ignored a warning not to use bullhorns. A witness said they were using slurs against both gays and victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Not to worry the celebration continued after the police removed the preacher trash.