Open only on Friday and Saturday night, Tribute is best for special events — drag king shows, traveling artists, and the occasional lube wrestling competition.
While I wouldn’t let that deter you from visiting or choosing to live here, I would tell you not to wander alone at night. Travel in groups, be aware of your surroundings, know your neighbors, and don’t get too intoxicated to find your way home.
A note for transgender and gender non-conforming peeps: Bathrooms can an issue in NOLA.
Krewe du Vieux is a hypersexualized, satirical parade through the French Quarter; it’s definitely the most overtly queer event of the season.
The Carnival parades stretch over three weekends, building to the crescendo of five-day, non-stop partying that is Mardi Gras weekend.
Check out the plethora of venues on lower Frenchman Street and One-Eyed Jacks any time of year for some of the best live music in town.