The ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with Ole Miss facing Oklahoma State. It’s sold out, but tailgating starts at 4 p.m. in Champions Square with free music, games and more.

Get a running start on Battle of New Orleans commemorations with the 9K JACKSON DAY RACE, Sunday at 8:30 a.m., starting at Marconi Drive and Robert E. Lee Boulevard. The race will follow the west side of City Park to Orleans Avenue and the French Quarter.

It’s Carnival time and the PHUNNY PHORTY PHELLOWS are ready for their wild King’s Day streetcar ride down St. Charles Avenue to get the party started. Masked riders get on board Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Willow Street Car Barn, 8201 Willow St.