The Southern Republican Leadership Conference bills itself as “the largest GOP gathering prior to the 2012 Republican National Convention.”  With a large number of ‘activists’ and big-name Republican figureheads, such as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum, the SRLC will be a nexus for Republican ‘organizing’ leading up the the 2010 and 2012 national elections.

The SRLC is being held the same weekend as the free French Quarter Festival.  Centered at the Hilton Riverside Hotel at the confluence of Poydras St. and Convention Center Blvd, the SRLC brings hateful, unwelcome outsiders to a traditionally New Orleanian celebration.

For more information, you can visit the SRLC’s website –  The website includes general information, a list of speakers, a tentative schedule, and, for those who wish to attend, information on how to reserve your ticket.