Friday Night Before Mardi Gras ... More than Just One Evening!
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!
Click here to purchase your party package for 2016-2017 and secure your spot at our 2017 Masquerade Ball.
THANK YOU TO THE MORE THAN 400 SUPPORTERS who helped us raise $7,350 for the medical expenses of Leonel Melendez, a victim of the horrific tragedy at Pulse in Orlando. Read more about our event on WWL.
YOU CAN STILL GIVE BY CLICKING HERE ... and be sure to visit the #Love4Leo Facebook page to order a shirt that can show your support for Leonel and the Melendez family.
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 Charleston Fest, where event organizers pledge to donate a portion of their 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 2017 Ball Theme, Hollywood Gone Bad. Starlets, harlots, B-flicks and bad boys ... get ready for the best of the worst!
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.