3 Changes to This Year’s New Orleans Pride Festival

In light of recent tragic events, festival organizers say they’ve made a few changes to the New Orleans Pride Festival. The weekend-long celebration starts this Friday with several events spanning until Sunday. The jam-packed weekend culminates with the New Orleans Pride Parade happening on Saturday at 7 p.m. Here are three changes attendees can expect this year.

Memorial March Leads Pride Parade

Photo courtesy: Raycom Media
Photo courtesy: Raycom Media

Festival organizers say they’re planning a memorial march for Orlando victims, according to the New Orleans Pride Facebook page. Participants interested in marching are asked to arrive at the parade line up Saturday at 6:15 p.m. The gathering area is at the Phoenix Bar, located at 941 Elysian Fields. Organizers say they also encourage participants to bring signs, flowers, flags or candles (without glass holders)┬áduring the march. The Pride Parade is scheduled to roll at 7:30 p.m. See more details about the route and a map here.

Moment of Silence For Victims

Organizers say they’ve planned a moment of silence and prayer on Bourbon Street on Sunday at 2 p.m., according to Nola.com.

Expect More Security

Festival attendees can expect beefed up security throughout the French Quarter for this weekend’s event. An e-mail from the New Orleans Pride Board of Directors reveals the organization’s communication with the NOPD and Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office looking towards safety for the event. Mayor Landrieu says the city is working with Pride Fest organizers to ensure everyone’s safety, according to FOX 8 News.

Visit the event website for more information about the New Orleans Pride Festival.