Halloween is a gay high holiday for many queer folks.
You don’t have to worry about buying gifts. You usually don’t have to go home to the family.But if you feel like traveling a bit, consider one of my favorite cities to celebrate this pagan holiday.
- New York‘s 38th annual Village Halloween Parade kicks off at 7PM. You must be in costume to march. Looky-looks: Grab a viewing spot early as the small streets of the Village get packed quickly.
- New Orleans, which is already scary fun, amps it up for Halloween. The historic French Quarter is where the action is all weekend, but especially on the big night (October 31). The Bourbon Pub & Parade offers pretty much non-stop parties from Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, Halloween.
- West Hollywood‘s 23rd annual Halloween Costume Carnaval is expected to attract nearly a half million revelers to Santa Monica Blvd. Crowds gather the parade, the costumes, and the entertainment. Some have complained that there are more spectators than participants, but it’s difficult to top the sheer creativity of those in costume. This is, after all, the epicenter of the entertainment industry.
Las Vegas is not known for the scale of its Halloween celebrations, but I heard that the super gay-friendly Mandalay Bay is offering a “Till Death Do Us Part” special promotion, which includes a commitment ceremony in a themed haunted chapel!
Check out the Out guides to these destinations