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The Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Texas Is a Fabulous LGBT Fundraiser (Photos)

In just under 40 years, Bunnies on the Bayou has become a fixture of charity and advocacy in the greater Houston area for LGBT-focused programs and organizations. It’s also the largest outdoor cocktail party in the entire state of Texas.

In the last decade alone, Bunnies on the Bayou has raised a hefty amount to assist local nonprofits, support and strengthen important cultural and outreach programs, provide critical health care services and encourage life-changing educational opportunities.

“Over the last decade, Bunnies on the Bayou has raised over $1 million, and last year we did $165,000. We are really proud of that amount, mainly because all the money stays locally in Houston’s LGBT area,” says David Goldberg, the event’s president.

On Easter Sunday, the 39th edition of Bunnies on the Bayou drew a large crowd. Shirtless hunks wearing bunny ears and cotton tails and flamboyant characters wearing over-the-top bonnets showed up at Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park for the occasion.

Vice President Ana Sanchez tells us, “The reason people love coming to the event year after year is that tickets are not only a donation to a great cause, but you also get unlimited drinks from incredible sponsors like Bud Light, who has always been very supportive, as well as Fireball and Espolón Tequila. Plus the astonishing downtown views from Water Works.”

Attendees enjoyed spectacular views of Downtown Houston and cocktails, all while knowing their admission ticket was assisting the local LGBT community.

This was the first year that the “bonnet contest” returned to the big event, back at the demand of those who missed it. It had gone away 20 years ago. Many attendees went all out, as you can see from the photos.

Check out some of our favorite looks from Bunnies on the Bayou 2018:

Photos by Chel Wardell