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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

As summer draws to a close, Labor Day weekend in New Orleans offers plenty of reasons to celebrate. This weekend has historically been the weekend of Southern Decadence, an annual celebration of gay culture. This weekend also offers plenty of fun in the form of Mad Decent Block Party at Mardi Gras World on Friday, a comedy show to benefit a good cause on Saturday, and a whole lot of 1970s inspired funk and soul music on Sunday, as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Patti LaBelle and Ruben Studdard perform at the UNO Lakefront Arena.

All Weekend

1. Southern Decadence – Gay Mardi Gras returns to New Orleans, as Southern Decadence celebrates its 43rd year, with parties and parades all weekend long. The heart of the action is at the corner of St. Ann and Bourbon Streets in the French Quarter where clubs like the Pub, Oz and Lucky Pierre’s will party non-stop, all weekend long. Highlights include a parade, complete with floats, Friday night, and the famous Southern Decadence walking parade on Sunday afternoon. For alternative offerings, head to St. Claude Avenue. Allways Lounge hosts the apocalypse-in-the-Amazon themed POP Ball XII on Friday night, and Saturday night at Siberia features a Decadence Punk Rock show for a good cause. Visit the official website for a full schedule of events.

2. Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans – For three nights only, Le Petit Theatre hosts the premiere of Paul Sanchez’s musical adaptation of Nine Lives. Based on Dan Baum’s book which follows the lives of a diverse cast of New Orleanians in the years between Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, this new musical stars Michael Cerveris and Bryan Batt. Call the box office at (504) 522-2081 or check online for ticket availability.

Friday, August 29

3. Mad Decent Block Party – Renowned electronic music producer Diplo brings his touring Mad Decent Block Party to New Orleans this weekend, with a stop Friday at Mardi Gras World, starting at 2 p.m. The party is sure to continue well into the night, with performances by A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Kid Kamillion, RL Grime, UZ, and Wrestlers. General admission and VIP tickets are available in advance via Eventbrite.

Saturday, August 30

4. Comedy For Good – The local comedy troupe Stupid Time Machine brings their unique brand of improv comedy to The Shadowbox Theater this Saturday night to benefit a good cause. Proceeds from this special comedy show will go to Easter Seals, which provides disability services to children and adults in the state. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. Tickets are available online for $10 in advance, or $12 at the door.

Sunday, August 31

5. Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Patti LaBelle, Ruben Studdard – Fans of 1970s funk, soul and R&B will converge on the UNO Lakefront Arena this Sunday night for a concert with performances by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Patti LaBelle and Ruben Studdard. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online, starting at $60.

Mallory Whitfield is an artist, speaker, and author based in New Orleans. In 2016, she was honored to be included in the 19th class of Gambit’s 40 Under 40, which salutes the brightest innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans. She currently hosts the Badass Creatives podcast, which features marketing and business advice for creatives, as well as interviews with a diverse range of handmade artists, performers, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. During Mardi Gras, you can usually find her parading with Noisician Coalition in Muses or with The 501st Legion in Tucks.

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