HISTORY OF LUEY WEEKEND
Let Us Entertain You started in 1971, by the Texas Riders, a gay leather motorcycle club, in order to ‘keep the party going’ for individuals returning from Mardi Gras in New Orleans – read; throw a party to thank the people of New Orleans for all their hard work during Mardi Gras… A “Let Us Entertain You” weekend for all the L/leatherfolk in New Orleans. The weekend following Fat Tuesday was designated LUEY Weekend.
In 1973, it officially became an annual event and the first full-fledged “LUEY Weekend” was born.
In the infant stages, LUEY Weekend consisted of a small bar run by those eager to continue celebrating after Mardi Gras. Over the years, as word spread and the event grew by leaps and bounds, other local social clubs and charity organizations joined in hosting this event.
Many years later, the Houston Council of Clubs added the ‘Show of Shows’. This event marks the closing of LUEY weekend held on Sunday afternoon. The ‘Show of Shows’ is put on by the member clubs and features a wide range of what can loosely be called (read; demented) “entertainment”. It has delighted and mortified thousands upon thousands of participants over the years.