Carnival season craziness comes early with the arrival of this annual over-the-top parade led by the Krewe of O.A.K. (“outrageous and kinky”), which begins around 7:30 pm at the Maple Leaf Bar. 8316 Oak St., 504.866.9359, mapleleafbar.com
New Orleans lives up to its “Queen City” moniker during this bawdy/naughty Labor Day weekend blowout, which ranks as one of the largest gay gatherings in the South. Visit southerndecadence.net for a complete listing of events.