Parties with a Purpose

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!

Eventbrite - Once Upon a Twisted Time - The Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball