A big welcome to anyone coming to New Orleans for Southern Decadence 2009. I'm knocking on wood, hoping the the only hurricanes we'll have to worry about come from Pat O'Brien's! For GLBT businesses this if bigger than Mardi Gras, and this year looks bigger than ever based on the word we're getting from folks in the hospitality industry.
I was in the French Quarter today, and saw lots of preparation going on at and around the "lavender line." It's grown over the years from a 3 day weekend to a full week of insanity! Some places like Rawhide 2010 are kicking things off on Wednesday, the 2nd.
As with all these huge events, we often get new folks who fall in love with the city, so of course I'll be on hand for those looking for 2nd homes or even for those who decide to move here. So welcome again, and thanks for continuing to support New Orleans.