With lots of dancing, performing, and parading, the Labor Day weekend is extraordinary in New Orleans. Attracting around 300,000 spectators every year, the festival highlight is the colourful and flamboyant parade through the French Quarter.
The event traces its beginnings to August 1972, as a private party where people were required to dress as their favorite decadent Southerner. First attendees impersonated characters like Belle Watling (the prostitute from Gone With the Wind) and actress Tallulah Bankhead. The event gradually expanded to a huge parade with incredible costumes that now takes over the entire French Quarter.