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Rainy last day for the 2016 Southern Decadence Festival

It was a rainy last day for the 2016 Southern Decadence Festival. (FOX 8 Photo) It was a rainy last day for the 2016 Southern Decadence Festival. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Monday was the final day for Southern Decadence Festival, and the LGBT celebration is expected to bring a big economic boost to the city. 

It was a rainy Labor Day in the French Quarter, but many were still enjoying the last day of Decadence.

"For the most part, it makes it better I think, cools it down," said Decadence tourist, Justin Seibert. 

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau says more than 180,000 people attended Decadence last year, bringing a $215 million economic boost to New Orleans in what is usually a slow period for the city. Tourism officials expect this year's party to do the same. Over the holiday weekend, hotel occupancy was projected to be at 90 percent. 

"I enjoy the ambiance, the energy. I like the feeling that I get from here. There's nothing like this that I've seen before," said Decadence tourist Greg Kotsceles. 

"We were dancing to vintage Madonna at three in the morning out on the street, which you don't do in Phoenix," said Decadence tourist Shannon Hughes.

A Bourbon Street business owner we talked said it was another big year for him.

"I would say as each year goes on since Katrina, Decadence has grown by 10 to 15 percent, so I think they're predicting 200,000 people showed up this year. It feels like it," said Bourbon Pride owner Josh Duffy. 

Party-goers say they'll be back next year.

"For me, the reason that I like to come back, I always leave an event like this with a group of very good friends," said Hughes.

This was the 45th year for Decadence.The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau says it continues to grow each year. 

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