With Mardi Gras season fast approaching, various cities already have begun holding parades. Here are a few tips if you plan on attending any:

Arrive early so your family can beat the larger crowds. Usually, designated parade routes are the safest place for a family to be.

Write your cellphone number on your children’s arms in permanent marker, so it does not wash away, in the event they get lost in the crowd.

Have a designated location in case the family is separated, and point out police officers to your children so they know to go to law enforcement in case they forget your designated spot.

Parent Academy opening

Opening night for the Parent Academy at St. Helena College and Career Academy will be Feb. 3 in the cafeteria at the school. Reception and registration begins at 4:30 p.m., and general assembly begins at 5:30 p.m.

Classes begin at 6 p.m.

For information on the Parent Academy, call (225) 222-4349.

Sunday school rally

There will be a school rally at Lazard Temple Church, 15750 La. 43, Greensburg, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the church at (225) 222-4858.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or send email to swarren@theadvocate.com.