FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the Spot family activity, music by Shawn Williams, gallery talk by Mel Buchanan for "Personalities in Clay — American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection," technique workshop. (504) 658-4100.


WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON: 4 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Comic and sci-fi fan convention, with seminars, cosplay, appearances and more. Scheduled to appear include Stan Lee, Jason Momoa, David Tennant, Ian Somerhalder, Nichelle Nichols, Henry Winkler, Holly Marie Combs and more. $39.95 and up.


CARNIVAL KICKOFF: 8 a.m., Pizza NOLA, 141 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Free breakfast from Bawk popup, coffee from Coast Roast, music by Benny Grunch and the Bunch, appearance by Prof. Carl Nivale and the return of Dong Phuong Bakery's king cakes.

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS ANNIVERSARY: 9 a.m., Chalmette Battlefield, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Return to 1815 with campfires, cannons and living history experts in period dress as civilians and soldiers.

ARCGNO GRAND OPENING OF NEW MARDI GRAS BEAD STORE: 10 a.m., 925 S. Labarre Road, Metairie. The ARC of Greater New Orleans will offer music, face painting, contests, king cake tasting, raffles and giveaways at the facility that receives beads for sorting and resale to benefit the organization.

CARNIVAL KICKOFF: 10 a.m., Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and 35 Carnival organizations cut the king cake, present the Rex and Zulu posters and get the season going on the official start of festive celebration.

CARNIVAL KICKOFF IN JEFFERSON PARISH: 2 p.m., Mardi Gras Plaza, Veterans Memorial Boulevard at Severn Avenue, Metairie. Food trucks, an introduction of royalty for a toast, with live music and family fun.

LANTERN TOURS OF BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS SITES: 5:30 p.m. every 15 minutes to 7:30 p.m., Chalmette Battlefield. The Company: A St. Bernard Community Theater leads six tour stops of locations important on the night before the final British assault. $10. (504) 507-0015.

KREWE DE JEANNE D'ARC PARADE: 6 p.m., throughout the French Quarter, New Orleans. Celebrating their 10th anniversary and the birthday of St. Joan, the "Maid of Orleans," the walking group parades on Twelfth Night. It starts at Toulouse and Decatur streets, heads toward downtown on Decatur.

KREWE OF STARS PRESENTS CHRIS OWENS' TWELFTH NIGHT PARTY: 6 p.m., Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 1010 Conti St., New Orleans. Legendary French Quarter entertainer is joined by the Yat Pack and David Cook for king cake, Champagne and more, to benefit the Easter parade and Krewe of Stars Mardi Gras Show Ball. $30.

SOCIÉTÉ DES CHAMPS ELYSÉE PARADE: 7:30 p.m., along the edge of the French Quarter, New Orleans. The Not So Secret Society of the Elysian Fields kicks off Carnival merriment with a streetcar ride along the new Rampart Street-St. Claude Avenue line, starting at St. Claude and Elysian Fields avenues, heads downtown on Rampart Street to Canal Street, turns right for one block and left onto Elk Place, then heads down to Loyola Avenue to Union Station. 

PHUNNY PHORTY PHELLOWS STREETCAR PARADE: 6:30 p.m., Willow Street Car Barn, 8212 Willow St., New Orleans. The masked "heralds of Mardi Gras" gather for a pre-parade sendoff to start the Carnival season, with a countdown and the Storyville Stompers. The rolling revelers head off on the St Charles streetcar line, then return before they head to their coronation ball.

TWELFTH NIGHT FIREWORKS: 9 p.m., along the riverfront, French Quarter, New Orleans. To kick off the Carnival season and celebrate the tricentennial of the city, fireworks will be synchronized to a soundtrack of famous and traditional Carnival songs.


13TH NIGHT SCAVENGER COSTUME SALE AND SHOW: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Art Klub, 1941 Arts St., New Orleans. Spotlighting unique Carnival costumes by local designers from scavenged materials. (504) 943-6565.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones