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Southern Decadence Parade
Southern Decadence Parade
Southern Decadence Parade

Labor Day Weekend

Goodbye Summer. Hello NOLA.

How do we celebrate Labor Day in New Orleans? By not letting you do a lick of work – that’s how! Although school down South usually starts before Labor Day, the three-day weekend (celebrated on the first Monday every September) is the perfect opportunity to get in one more trip before fall. Here are some fun ways to mark the unofficial end of summer:

Paul Broussard
Southern Decadence Parade 2016

Festivals

Southern Decadence

This world-famous LGBTQ festival, now the fifth largest annual event in New Orleans, has been a Labor Day weekend tradition in the French Quarter since 1972. Special events take place over six days, including a Gay New Orleans Walking Tour, the Annual Official Southern Decadence Grand Marshals’ Drag Show and the Southern Decadence Parade.

Paul Broussard
Cream of Ice Cream Snowball - Senior Atomic (with Vanilla Ice Cream on top instead of stuffed in middle) - Hansen's Sno-Bliz

Activities

Cool Zoo and Gator Run

Cool Zoo, the Audubon Zoo’s “wild and wet splash park,” is home to a ginormous alligator water slide, spider monkey soakers and water-spitting snakes. Gator Run, Cool Zoo’s awesome lazy river, has sandy beaches, water cannons, water curtains and jumping jets. Normally closed on Mondays, the zoo makes an exception for Labor Day.

City Park

Family fun awaits in City Park. Play miniature golf at City Putt or head for Carousel Gardens Amusement Park where they’ve having a Princess and Super Hero Party on Labor Day. Kids in costume get into both the amusement park and Storyland for free!

Park It in NOLA

The Fly in Uptown, New Orleans is the perfect place to grill burgers and watch the sunset along the Mississippi River. Or pack a picnic and head to Audubon Park.

Grab a Sno-ball

Cool down with a sno-ball before the stands close for the season. (Our favorite is the nectar cream with condensed milk.) Here are some great places to grab an icy treat.

Go Al Fresco

September weather is perfect for dining in a courtyard or on a balcony or patio in New Orleans. For your conveniences, we’ve created this list of places with outdoor dining  by neighborhood.