The Parties with a Purpose

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Coming Together to Support the LGBT Community

The Friday Night Before Mardi Gras’ Masquerade Ball – and the parties that lead up to it – celebrate the best traditions of New Orleans with costumes, cocktails and revelry.

Founded in 1999 (but with roots that go back to the mid-1980s), our organization is dedicated to the health and well-being of the LGBT community in Greater New Orleans. We do this by raising funds and awareness for non-profits focused on engagement, education, healthcare and support.

Our Masquerade Ball each year—“The Party with a Purpose”—caps our annual fundraising efforts and creates an opportunity for dialogue, community-building and fundraising for the organizations that benefit from FNBMG’s ongoing support. Last year we raised more than $20,000 to support HIV/AIDS services, community-building, suicide prevention special programs for LGBT teens and elders.

Our 2016 Ball, ONCE UPON A TWISTED TIME, will be hosted at our new venue, The Cannery, bringing the Ball back to its roots in Mid-City. More information will be coming soon. And be sure to look for us at Gay Pride New Orleans … we’ll be in the parade!

Photos of our 2015 Ball (from The New Orleans Advocate) are featured HERE. Join us in 2016!

THE BALL IS ALMOST HERE! Click below to buy tickets to our 2016 Masquerade Ball.

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Click here to hear more about our 2016 Ball (a podcast with WHIV 102.3 FM)