Decadence revelers head home after another successful festival

Decadence revelers head home after another successful festival

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It's billed as one of the big festival weekends in New Orleans.

And now, people who attended Southern Decadence are heading home this morning.

It filled hotel rooms on a traditionally slow labor day weekend, and it's now one for the history books.

Decadence festival brought in an estimated 180,000 people this year, providing the city with an estimated economic boost of more than $200 million.

It is considered a post-Katrina economic success story, that had some hotels at 90 percent occupancy over the weekend.

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

The festival took on extra meaning after the tragedy in Orlando earlier this year.

NOPD put extra manpower on the streets to ensure, this year's event went safely.

By all indications it did. There were no major incidents reported in or around the French Quarter for this year's festival.

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