It is with the utmost concern for the health, wellness, and safety of our valued guests, staff and local community, that we have made this difficult decision starting this evening, July 9th. We look to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We will share the most up-to-date information on our website and across our social media platforms. The Bourbon Pub and Parade has been honored to share our love of community in New Orleans for over forty years and look forward to continuing that tradition for many more. Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Be safe and healthy and we'll see you again soon.
Before Orlando: The (former) deadliest LGBT attack in U.S. history
Bourbon Street Pub
Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the UpStairs Lounge arson, a flash fire that killed 32 people in the New Orleans gay bar on June 24, Until the Pulse nightclub massacre in , it was the deadliest attack on a queer venue in U. Ronnie Rosenthal was 21 years old when he survived the fire. Everyone was there to have a beer, some dancing, a good time.
UpStairs Lounge arson attack
At PM, a buzzer from downstairs sounded, and bartender Buddy Rasmussen, an Air Force veteran, asked Luther Boggs to answer the door, anticipating a taxi cab driver. Boggs opened the door to find the front staircase engulfed in flames, along with the smell of lighter fluid. Others saw the floor to ceiling windows as the most promising means of escape despite the fact that there were safety bars on the windows with a 14 inch gap between them to prevent dancers from breaking through the glass. Several people managed to squeeze through, some still burning when they reached the ground below.
One of the world's great party destinations, it's not exactly shocking that New Orleans - with its liberal attitudes about everything from sexuality to cocktails - is a top destination for gay and lesbian clubbing and bar-hopping. But as New Orleans has become more mixed and eclectic in recent years, a number of mostly hetero bars Uptown and elsewhere in the city have developed a somewhat gay following. You'll also find some great cafes and restaurants around the city that act as social hubs for the LGBT community and the city's many gay visitors. Ann streets.