Friday Night Before Mardi Gras ... More than Just One Evening!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Board has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2018 and 2019 Balls. We are going to take these Carnival seasons to think about how best to serve you, the community, and continue the organization in the tradition in which it was founded.
Support. Fundraising. Community. That's what Friday Night Before Mardi Gras is all about. Named for the night of our big Masquerade Ball, our organization represents a diverse group of people who like to have fun ... and make a difference.
Our "parties with a purpose" have been celebrating the best traditions of New Orleans with costumes, cocktails and revelry since 1999. But most importantly, they also raise funds for non-profits focused on engagement, education, healthcare and support. We are dedicated to the health and well-being of the LGBT community in New Orleans. Join us as we help support HIV/AIDS services, transgender rights, youth advocacy, suicide prevention and more!
Small Events All Year Long
The Fun and Fundraising take place year round. We host smaller events that follow our ball theme and build momentum all year long. These may be parties hosted in the private homes of generous supporters. They may also be independent events like the RESIST! event being hosted on August 12, 2017 by our friend Picolla Tushy, who has pledged to donate the proceeds to our organization and the nonprofits we support. Contact us if you'd like to host an event!
Our Annual Masquerade Ball
Our organization hosts a major Masquerade Ball each year on the Friday Night Before Mardi Gras ... hence our name! Bringing together a diverse group of party-goers in costumes and formal wear, it's one of the standout events of the Mardi Gras season. We emphasize the FUN in fundraising ... and it continues this year with our 2018 Ball Theme, 2018: A Space Oddity! Start thinking of your costume now - it's going to be an out-of-this world adventure.
Supported LGTBQ Charities
New Orleans is fortunate to have a strong community of non-profits that support the LGTBQ community, as well as individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Services include clinical care, housing support, meal deliveries, mental health services, youth support, transgender advocacy, stigma prevention and more. We are proud to support their important work through our fundraising events.