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Big crowds flock to Quarter for Southern Decadence Festival

On Monday, the party was still going strong for some. (FOX 8 Photo) On Monday, the party was still going strong for some. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Southern Decadence is coming to a close, but not before one last party in the French Quarter on this Labor Day.

"Everybody is just excited to be here, everybody loves the energy, everybody loves this city. It's the most unique city in America, by far," Houston Ward said.

Thousands of tourists and locals filled the French Quarter over the weekend for the 44th annual Southern Decadence Festival. There were plenty of parties, music, entertainment and - in true New Orleans fashion, of course - a parade. This year's theme was "Swimming with the Gods and Goddesses."

"I've been here a few times, I really like it, everyone is friendly, accommodating, so, I really do like it," Joe Quinn said. 

"It's grown considerably over the years. I mean, there is rainbow flags from one end of the street down to the business district and that is amazing, that the city embraces it like that," Matthew Bell said.  

Southern Decadence not only celebrates the LGBT community, it also brings in business, and a lot of it. Party-goers tell us hotels, restaurants and bars were packed.

"Business was great. This is my second Decadence working. Decadence definitely surpassed last year, I think it gets bigger every year," Napoleon's Itch manager Meko Malmay said.

One New Orleans tourism expert tells us that between the Louisiana Seafood Festival and Decadence, there was very high occupancy at local hotels Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. He estimates a more than $100 million economic impact for New Orleans. 

And, the party is still going strong for some.

"I think the perk of being out today is it's not as crowded, not as hot, prices are probably back to normal, no cover charges," Sam Stewart said.  

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