Above, Of Related Interest:
Easter Sleaze Bonnet Contest - 1981
Better to take the intro in their own words from their website...
no, it wasn't an organized fundraiser yet,
Below is Roy Ourso (in black hat) at the 1979 March on Washington
There seems to be two schools of thought as to how and when the event began...
the website claims a "birthday party in 1979" at an apartment complex on Clay.
The other starts at a party in 1981 organized by a group of friends at their house on Kipling.
As you view the long page of clippings you will see variations in the year and location.
Note that between 1996 and 1997 it gains a year.
And I asked one of the original hosts of the 1981 party, Steve Sobota, to write down what he remembers of the party.
In 1980 Roy Ourso, Bobby Lovell, and I leased a house together at 1752 Kipling. The house was large very roomy with a great huge back yard.That house soon became a gathering place for our friends. We all had separate but often times overlapping social circles. Roy had the fitness exchange crowd, Bobby the Dirty Sally and Numbers crowd and I was active in politics and Tea for Two Thousand. When Roy came back from Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1981 we were having coffee one morning and he said Kitty ( there you know my secret name ) lets have a huge party at Easter about 300 of our nearest and dearest," so we started planning and budgeting.
We thought we could
do it for around 500 dollars, just serving beer water and soft drinks
We decided on 6 hosts: Roy, Bobby, Me, Steve Shiflett ( Roys
best friend and a dear friend of mine ), James Garner and Ill
be damned if I can recall the other host.
Steve tells me this was the first event, 1981. And yes, that varies from the "official" Bunnies on the Bayou history of a birthday party in 1979. By the earliest clippings I have found "documenting" which celebration it was, it jumps to 1994 for the "14th annual" party, making a start year of 1980. And 1995 was the 15th.
So, here's my history theory...
There was a birthday party on Easter Sunday in 1979 at an apartment
complex on W Clay. They began having annual parties.
In 1981 a group of friends threw a party on Easter they called 'Bunny Fuck,'
held for several years.
Circa 1984 the first group contacted the second one and got consent
to call their party 'Bunny Fuck.'
The (private) party was held under that name through 1991.
Name changed to Bunnies on the Bayou for 1992,
and the group incorporated in 1995.
Still the Bunny Fuck Party
By this year they collected food for Stone Soup
Jim Taylor, first president of Bunnies (1995-96),
I believe the "pre-BFP" referred to Bunny Fuck Party
Bunnies on the Bayou
Often, Rich's had after parties in conjunction with the event
clipping (above left), the earliest one I found quoting a 'year'....
Bunnies was incorporated in 1995
"15th anniversary"....making the first one in 1980
"16th birthday"...so, began in 1980
So the lore from 1996 has it as the 16th celebration...
from 1997 calls it the 18th anniversary,
The Bunnies entry in the Pride Parade
pass cursor over to see back
above, from 1999 Pride Parade
T-shirt images from WearingGayHistory.org
YouTube Video 6 minutes
A search at that site will find more Bunnies videos
below, one of the other events
Plus link to the article for more photos
Plus, Click This Page for many more 2013 photos from this slideshow
and from this point I refer you to the Gallery section of the Bunnies website for many more photos
See the Bunnies website gallery for years 2015 through 2019
and for a while now the organization had other fundraising events during the year