ways to kick off Carnival season _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Clara Bajeux ,16, on horseback rides down Decatur Street portraying the Maid d'Orleans in the Krewe Jeanne d'Arc's parade on Monday, January 6, 2014, in New Orleans, La. According to the krewe's website it is "a walking parade open to men, women, and children, dedicated to historical costumery, artistry, handmade throws, and the celebration of New Orleans and her ties to France. Joan of Arc embodies the best qualities of New Orleans and her citizens: loyalty, faith, courage, and determination. We honor Joan on her birthday each year by walking in medieval costumes with horses, live music, a variety of quirky and quaint parade throws, medieval carts and banners, and gifts of king cake through the French Quarter."


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.


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.


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