Halloween New Orleans mixes chaos with cause

Tuesday 26, August 2014


Halloween New Orleans mixes chaos with cause


New Orleans reputation as a premier Halloween destination is unwavering. With much enthusiasm, the city prepares to welcome the 31st annual Halloween New Orleans (HNO), October 23 – 26.


The weekend-long extravaganza, benefitting Project Lazarus, is the largest gay Halloween charity event in the country; last year drawing its largest crowd since Hurricane Katrina.

Revelers of HNO 2014 will be led on a seductive and riotous journey through a playfully staged fiery underground world with the theme, "Descent: Journey into the Inferno," based on the 14th-century epic poem by Dante Alighieri.


Since its inception in 1984, HNO has raised nearly $5 million for Project Lazarus and has become one of the only volunteer-run charities remaining in the U.S. to donate 100 percent of its proceeds to benefit a non-profit.


"The event was created to celebrate the gay community in New Orleans, to share love, a sense of family, a unique culture and a love of showmanship, all while supporting Project Lazarus in its fight against HIV/AIDS," said Dustin Woehrmann, Executive Board Chair of HNO.


In appreciation to the organizers of HNO for their continuous generosity, Project Lazarus recently awarded Halloween New Orleans the Pawell-Desrosiers Award, the organization's highest honor. It has only been awarded three times in the last 30 years.


Project Lazarus serves as transitional housing for people living with HIV/AIDS who have nowhere else to turn. Established in 1985, Project Lazarus has provided medical care and support to over 1,200 HIV/AIDS victims. The services provided by Project Lazarus are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or any other insurance; therefore they are completely dependent on public and private support to continue their mission.


Between elaborate costumes and parties featuring A-list entertainment, HNO's weekend lineup includes:


Thursday, Oct. 23: Kickoff Event "The Lazarus Ball"
Black Tie preferred
Music by Groovy 7
Silent auction, including artwork by David Harouni, Don Patron and more
Amazing New Orleans Cuisine


Friday, Oct. 24: "The Neon Underground"
Casual/Club Night
DJ Blacklow
VIP lounge for Hosts and Patrons


Saturday, Oct. 25: Main Event: "Descent: The Inferno"
Costume contest and parade (costumes required)
DJ Tristan Jaxx until 4am
VIP lounge for Hosts and Patrons


Sunday, Oct. 26: "Paradise Brunch"
Classic NOLA Brunch
Jazz and Gospel Entertainment
Second line to Bourbon and St. Ann Streets



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