Tales and images of Carnival past
Author, designer and historian Henri Schindler will be on hand at the International House Hotel with stories of Carnival’s colorful past, particularly of the Dumb Society from Proteus 1896 prior to the 2015 version of the Krewe of Hermes parade. On display at the hotel through the season are illustrations of the costumes and floats of the period. 5 p.m. International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 553-9550. www.ihhotel.com.
friday through monday
French Market Mask Market
For 32 years, the place to stow your identity and get your mask on has been this French Market event. With vendors from near and far, wearers can find masks from papier mâché to fabric, leather and rubber. Live music and food make the market a must-attend. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., French Market’s Dutch Alley, Decatur and Dumaine streets, New Orleans. (504) 522-2621. www.frenchmarket.org.
Cirque du Gras
The underground, immersing, experimental circus collective, Cirque Du Gras, returns to Carnival, combining whip-cracking contortion and fire-breathing aerials with operatic clown antics and surrealist juggling mayhem. 9 p.m., St. Roch Fire House, 1421 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans. $18. (360) 220-3833. www.cirquedugras.com
Zulu Lundi Gras festival
A day of food, fun and the colorful characters that have been the mainstays of Zulu legend will be available during the daylong celebration. With entertainment from such notables as Kermit Ruffins, Amanda Shaw and the Rebirth Brass Band and food from several local establishments, this event gets the party started on three separate stages. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. www.lundigrasfestival.com.
Lundi Gras on the Mississippi
The city welcomes the king of Carnival during this afternoon and evening festival on the banks of the Mississippi River. Music, food and fireworks will herald the arrival of the monarch of merriment. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Spanish Plaza, Canal and Poydras streets, New Orleans. www.riverwalkneworleans.com.
Looking for a parade? Chances are, you’re not too far from one. As the culmination of the Carnival season, Fat Tuesday is the big day. In addition to the traditional Rex and Zulu parades in New Orleans, plus Argus in Metairie and Grela on the West Bank, there are walking krewes throughout the greater metropolitan area, like Pete Fountain’s Half-Fast Walking Club, the Jefferson City Buzzards, the Society of St. Anne, the Lyons Carnival Club, the Irish Channel Corner Carnival Club, Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club, the KOE and, of course, the truck parades of Elks Orleanians, Crescent City, Elks Jefferson and Krewe of Jefferson.