Fairs & Festivals Calendar for Aug. 28-Sept. 7 _lowres

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- James Strong brings his own shade as he attends the Southern Decadence Parade in the French Quarter as part of the Southern Decadence Labor Day Weekend celebration, in New Orleans last year. This year's event starts Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY-MONDAY, SEPT. 7

  • SOUTHERN DECADENCE: French Quarter, New Orleans. What began as a farewell to summer event has blossomed into one of the largest gay celebrations in the South. Most of the activities and gatherings occur near the corners of Bourbon and St. Ann streets. Parties, events and the Sunday parade are highlights. southerndecadence.net

THURSDAY-MONDAY, SEPT. 7

  • LOUISIANA SHRIMP AND PETROLEUM FESTIVAL: Lawrence Park, 715 Second St., Morgan City. Proclaimed the oldest chartered festival in the state, this extravaganza boasts arts and crafts, a parade, blessing of the fleet, fireworks, music and tons of seafood. shrimpandpetroleum.org

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