• ew year’s eve celebrations


Get the day started for the youngest partiers with a daytime ’do. The Louisiana Children’s Museum opens at 9:30 a.m. and gears up to the frenzy of a noon welcome for 2016. Confetti, balloons, the Red Hot Brass Band and more treats are in store at this kid-friendly haven. Preregistration is strongly suggested. $10, $5 members. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 523-1357. lcm.org.

Get in touch with your little one’s party animal when Audubon Zoo greets the new year with a filled day of entertainment and events, including members of the Star Trek troupe, superheroes and storybook characters. The countdown to noon will be the moment of fun. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. auduboninstitute.org.

Fireworks and a fleur de lis drop are on tap for big kids Thursday when midnight becomes the key time at Jackson Square. Live music kicks off the event, with the New Orleans-only fleur de lis drop to herald the new year, followed by spectacular pyrotechnics and music over the waters of the Mississippi River. Events start at 9 p.m. (504) 630-4604. crescentcitycountdown.com.

sugar bowl parade


What’s New Year’s in New Orleans without a parade? And for the Sugar Bowl? No way. A Carnival-style procession will roll through the streets of the French Quarter to Canal Street to celebrate the gridiron challenge of this historic bowl. The 2016 matchup, Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, is a sold-out match between Ole Miss and Oklahoma State University. But the parade kicks off the fun at 3:30 p.m., starting at Decatur Street and Elysian Fields Avenue, proceeding on Decatur to North Peters Street and ending at Canal Street. allstatesugarbowl.org.

phunny phorty phellows streetcar ride

Wednesday, Twelfth Night

The fun is just starting for New Orleans now that the “holidays” have come and gone. But heralding the commencement of Carnival will be the Phunny Phorty Phellows and their phoolish phlight down the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line. The masked, costumed riders will gather at the Willow Street Car Barn and make a bit merry with the Storyville Stompers. Then, off they will roll, down the line through downtown and finishing at Lee Circle. 6:30 p.m., 8201 Willow St., New Orleans. phunnyphortyphellows.com

joan of arc parade


New Orleans shows some love for the “Maid of Orleans” when it celebrates Joan of Arc’s 604th birthday with — what else — a parade. The festive procession over more than 300 pay homage to the French heroine with riders in various medieval attire. The parade makes three stops along the rectangular route bordered by Decatur, Conti, Chartres and Ursuline Street. A toast at the Historic New Orleans Collection with the counsel general of France, the blessing of the swords at St. Louis Cathedral and the crowning of the king as the parade returns to Jackson Square. Bring your own king cake to toast. 7 p.m., starting at Decatur and Toulouse Streets, French Quarter, New Orleans. joanofarcparade.org.