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Weekend Picks: Southern Decadence, Labor Day Weekend, and More

Southern Decadence Parade
The Southern Decadence Parade Rolls through New Orleans (Photo: Paul Broussard)

It’s Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans, and there’s plenty going on around town. If you’re in town for the weekend and just can’t decide what to do, start by checking out our Labor Day Weekend Itinerary. Then, once you’ve gotten a feel for the city, take a look at the events we’re highlighting for the weekend. Have one last hurrah with us this weekend before the summer draws to a close.

The Southern Decadence Parade marches through the French Quarter (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Southern Decadence – The largest LGBT event in New Orleans takes over the weekend with parties, a parade, and lots of festivities around town. For a look at what’s happening, check out our Insider’s Guide to Southern Decadence. Make sure to add the walking parade on Sunday to your list which will roll through the French Quarter at 2 p.m. Other events during the weekend include a Queen B Drag Brunch at Broussard’s Restaurant on Friday, a Southern Decadence Jazz Brunch with Pre-Parade Pop-Ups at the Pythian Market on Sunday, and a Drag Brunch on Sunday at Harrah’s featuring Cynthia Lee Fontaine from RuPaul’s Drag Race along with other local drag queens.


LOL with WWNO – Laugh your socks off at this fundraiser for New Orleans Public Radio featuring an all-female cast and local spirits. This energetic show at Seven Three Distillery combines storytelling and improvised comedy, and it’s sure to be a good time. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Tipitina’s (Photo: Justen Williams)

Tipitina’s Foundation Free Fridays – For the final show in the Foundation Free Fridays Summer Concert Series, enjoy music from funk and soul artists John “Papa” Gros + Soul Project. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m. The performance is free.


New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians Sip & Sew – Looking for something new and different to do this Sunday? The NOMGI Sip & Sew Experience is the perfect way to learn about one of New Orleans’ beloved cultures and take home a little piece of it. During your 75 minute class, learn how the intricate and stunning Mardi Gras Indian costumes are made while trying your hand at a design on canvas. All sessions are led by Masking Mardi Gras Indians and offered at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. on Sundays. The class costs $45 and includes all materials and light snacks. Wine is available for purchase on site and the class is held at Second Vine Wine on 1027 Touro St.


We Love You, New Orleans – This Thursday evening, head to the Cabildo for the opening reception of their latest exhibition: We Love You, New Orleans. This Tricentennial exhibition will feature the people, places, and things that make up New Orleans and serves as a sort of love letter from the Louisiana State Museum to the city. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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