Weekend Picks: Southern Decadence, LCM at City Park, Curve The Runway

It's a weekend of celebrations: LGBTQ pride, curves in fashion and the Little League World Series champs!

by Mary Staes
August 28, 2019

Here are our weekend picks for Aug. 30 – Sept. 1:

Fri. Aug. 30, 2019

What: Freelance Friday
When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: The Shop at the CAC
Price: Free

Working remote? Come check out the gorgeous offices at The Shop in the Contemporary Arts Center for free, and get some work done on us! Freelance Friday is a great place to network and connect with new people in an innovative space. Click here for more information and to register. 

S.L.U.T.S. (Southern Ladies Under Tremendous Stress) march during the Southern Decadence Parade on the St. Louis and Bourbon Street intersection in New Orleans on Sunday, September 2, 2018. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

What: Southern Decadence
When: Friday – Sunday
Where: French Quarter
Price: Various Prices

Southern Decadence has made New Orleans a top LGBTQ Labor Day . According to the official website for the festival, 2018’s attendance broke records, with more than 250,000 participants. Most of the street party activities take place in the immediate area of the French Quarter, and the dance parties are in the clubs. Since the bars never close, there is something happening around the clock. Click here for more information on the official website. 

(Photo by Keith Griner/Getty Images)

What: Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Smoothie King Center
Price: $26-$185

That’s right, Backstreet’s back! Live out all your teen dreams this Friday when the Backstreet Boys hit the Smoothie King Center stage. Click here for ticket prices and more information. 

Sat. Aug. 31, 2019


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What: Eastbank Little League World Series Parade
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Starts on Veterans Blvd. near Bonnabel West
Price: Free

Okay, so we know this is “all the way out” in Metry, but come on, they won a World Series! Why wouldn’t we throw them a parade?! Click here to see the route.

What: Louisiana Children’s Museum Opening Day at City Park
When: Noon – 7:30 p.m.
Where: 15 Henry Thomas Drive, New Orleans LA 70124
Price: Free (tickets must be reserved)

After closing it’s big blue doors on Julia Street, the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s City Park location will be opening to the public on Labor Day weekend. Everyone’s been waiting to visit, so check the website for timed ticketing options and (heads up), walk-up ticketing will not happen during opening weekend, according to the website. Click here for hours and tickets.

Sun. Sept. 1, 2019

What: Curve The Runway
When: 6 p.m.
Where: The Cannery
Price: $30

This fashion show aims to bring plus-size women of all heights and backgrounds together to embrace their curves and puts designers, consumers and vendors in one place. It’s founders are pushing to create a safe space for women of all sizes to be appreciated, and their annual fashion show will feature multiple vendors, including Magnolia Makeup, handmade precious gemstone beaded bracelet company Ugly Betty Boy Crush and plus size boutique Beaux Curvian Gurlz Collection. Click here to read their interview with us, and here for tickets to the show. 

Various entertainers and participants march in the Southern Decadence Parade on the St. Louis and Bourbon Street intersection in New Orleans on Sunday, September 2, 2018. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

What: Southern Decadence Walking Parade
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Start at Barracks and Royal Streets
Price: Free

This year, Decadence won’t feature a Friday night parade due to continuing street construction along some of the route. Instead, there will be a walking parade Sunday to celebrate the weekend. Click here for the route and more information. 


Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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