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Labor Day Weekend

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4th of July in New Orleans

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday every September, honors the labor movement in the United States. It’s also the unofficial end of summer, and the long weekend is a perfect opportunity to celebrate in New Orleans.

Here are just a few ways to get the most of your weekend:


Southern Decadence

Held annually over Labor Day weekend in the French Quarter, Southern Decadence celebrates LGBT culture for six days in the city. Be sure to check out the special events throughout the weekend, like a Gay New Orleans Walking Tour, the Annual Official Southern Decadence Grand Marshals’ Drag Show, the Southern Decadence Parade, or one of the many parties in the city.


In addition to the events scheduled just for Labor Day, here are a few suggestions to compliment the main events of the weekend.

The Audubon Zoo
Spend the day enjoying the sunshine at The Audubon Zoo. With wading pools, a rope bridge, and a safari trail, your final day of summer will be filled with nature and adventure!

Hit the Parks
The Fly in Uptown, New Orleans is the perfect place to spend Labor Day hanging out with friends, grilling burgers, and watching the sunset along the Mississippi River. Or pack a picnic and bring the family to Bayou St. John, City Park or Audubon Park.

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz
Cool down from the summer heat with a sno-ball from Hansen's Sno-Bliz before it closes for the season! These classic New Orleans desserts combine ice and flavored syrups to create delicious, warm-weather treats.

Dine Outdoors
The coolest of the summer months, September is the best time to dine in a courtyard, balcony or patio. Good thing we’ve got a full list of places to choose from for outdoor dining in every neighborhood.

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