The Lords of Leather sponsor several
events throughout the year, all leading up to our annual Bal Masque during
Carnival. After all, what's a Mardi Gras krewe without a Mardi Gras Ball?
Corporate / Business sponsorship packages are available
for interested parties for krewe functions throughout the year. Read our
corporate sponsorship package informationhere.
The krewe year begins (after the Ball
Masque) in the spring with the Rush Party.
This year's Rush Party was quite a success with several new applications for
membership. Pledges are encouraged to attend upcoming functions in order to
meet their criteria for membership. Barons are invited to join the krewe
throughout the year, whereas Lords (Full Active Members) are invited to join
in the beginning of a ball season. This allows the Lords to enjoy all the
membership privileges throughout the year. Click on the link above to find
out more about joining the Lords of Leather!
Throughout the year we host our monthly Beer
Bust at the Phoenix Bar
in New Orleans. The second Friday of each month finds the Lords on the patio
at our home bar, welcoming members and guests alike. There are usually
snacks and sometimes even free cigars. It's a great way to catch up with
friends and welcome in the weekend.
In the fall we produce the highly acclaimed Miss
contest. This contest, which is open to all persons no matter their gender
or sexual label, has received recognition as being the only contest of its
kind in the leather community. This titleholder is the krewe's Ambassador of Goodwill throughout the year.
We are proud to sponsor the annual Mr. Louisiana Leather contest, a preliminary to International Mr. Leather. A weekend full of
events is scheduled to entertain the leather community coming into New
Orleans for the festivities. A panel of local and nationally recognized
judges selects Louisiana's leather representative for the year.
The krewe produces the annual American Bandstand
review over Thanksgiving weekend. This event is the only time each year that
you’re likely to see Lords appear in public in drag, and the results are
usually comical if not downright scary. Friends of the krewe also lend their
talent to this event that makes for a great evening’s entertainment. Guest
entertainers are always welcomed.
Much work and a great amount of effort go into the fundraising for the Lords
of Leather. This enables the krewe to produce their Ball Masque.
The Ball is always scheduled for the Sunday night before Fat Tuesday (Mardi
Gras). Since Mardi Gras is a date that 'floats' (50 days before Easter) it
can occur anytime in February or March of a calendar year. The ball is a mix
of formal attire and (unlike other balls during the season) leather fetish
wear. It's a mix of the most colorful characters to ever 'wear the
Not all of the krewe's fundraising is
for the ball production. Each year the krewe designates certain monies for
the Lords of
Leather Charity Fund.
Annually these funds are dispersed to charity organizations in and around
the New Orleans Area. Donations to this fund are specific and not used for
any other purpose. Charities receiving awards in past years have included
NO/AIDS Task Force, In This Together, and United Services for AIDS.