KREWE OF FRERET BALL

The reborn Mardi Gras organization hosts a black-tie ball to kick off the Carnival season at Festival Hall theater, 514 Frenchmen St. Masks encouraged. The Hot 8 Brass Band performs with Jermaine Quix.

8 p.m. Friday. Tickets and information at kreweoffreret.org.

JOAN OF ARC PARADE

The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc fits right into the season and the spirit of Carnival. Costumed walkers start at the statue of the Maid of Orleans on North Peters Street in the French Quarter, accompanied by horseback riders and medieval-style wagons. The occasion is St. Joan’s 603rd birthday.

6 p.m. Tuesday. joanofarcparade.org.

PHORTY PHUNNY PHELLOWS

The streetcar parade of colorful characters, ABOVE, is the annual herald of Twelfth Night, the beginning of the Carnival season. The car rolls from the streetcar barn on Willow Street, heading down the streetcar track to St. Charles Avenue, around Lee Circle and then making a return trip to the car barn.

7 p.m. Tuesday