Writer kid needs some update and reality: Nudity and sex are absolutely not allowed in streets - you'll be arrested. No one who lives here calls it "SoDec" - they just say "Decadence." And the contrived "Naulins" is actually sometimes "Nawlins." He's not been to the gay areas of Bourbon, obviously, where thousands of 20 somethings congregate, and Decadence extends well into the Faubourg Marigny and elsewhere - and all gay people of absolutely all descriptions are welcome. The Boubon Pub is a "popular" bar but is not the end-all,advertising and misinformaton notwithstanding. The Quarter (and other places, such as Magazine St, in particular, out of the Quarter) is noted for antique and art, clothes and other things, altho' T-shirt and trinket shops do advertise the "loudest." I suggest that the writer may wish to actually talk to a number of gay people who live in NO if he can't actually make it here more than a couple of hours in person himself.
Southern Decadence is Labor Day Weekend in the New Orleans French Quarter.
With gay parties in and around the famous Bourbon Street, shows, and the Southern Decadence Parade on Sunday and the closing party at the Bourbon Pub.