Carnival krewes are revving up for an early Mardi Gras on Feb. 9. It’s time to sample the percolating parade spirit and support New Orleans police officers who keep Carnival safe by taking part in the fourth annual Krewe for Kops party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Fulton Alley Lanes, 600 Fulton St.

Float riders, marching clubs, and bands and spectators depend on the “Krewe of Blue” to maintain order along parade routes, said Krewe for Kops chairwoman Kellie Barnes, who hopes to raise $50,000 to buy 250 wireless helmet headsets for the NOPD motorcycle division. The headsets are waterproof and don’t need batteries. Powered by a button on the handlebars, the officers can communicate hands-free.

The annual event benefits the Police Department, and “every year we pick one item from their wish list,” Barnes said. The first event raised money to buy fluorescent vests so that officers “can easily be identified by crowd members and float riders,” she said.

The second event raised $50,000 to rebuild a firing range in eastern New Orleans that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, Barnes said. The third event paid for NOPD detectives to receive interrogation training, she said.

Mardi Gras krewes will join in the festivities, beginning with a second-line with the PussyFooters at 7 p.m. Then WDSU personality Jay Galle will serve as master of ceremonies and auctioneer of a live auction featuring original art by James Michalopoulis, Luis Colmineras and Terrence Osborne. A silent auction will feature a one-of-a-kind Muses shoe featuring Mr. Bingle and other unique items and Carnival treasures.

Tickets are $35 online at and $40 at the door. For sponsorship information, email Barnes at or call (504) 416-3105. For information about Fulton Alley Lanes, visit

Delgado theater premiere

The grand opening of the refurbished Delgado Theater will feature author Paula Williams Madison at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Isaac Delgado Hall, 615 City Park Ave. The evening will include the screening of a documentary that complements Madison’s memoir, “Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem.”

The event will kick off National Diversity Month at Delgado Community College. Madison, a native of Harlem, former television executive and vice president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, will discuss and sign her book, a story about race, fate and destiny. Tickets are $33 and are available at

For information about Madison, visit For information about Delgado, visit or call (504) 671-5055.

Barkitecture, Catstruction

The Humane Society of Louisiana, located in New Orleans, is holding a dog house and kitty condo building contest to raise money for homeless animals. Finished pet residences will be displayed from Sunday to Saturday, Sept. 20-26, and will be judged after 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Lakeside Shopping Center.

Barkitecture and Catstruction event categories include Most Original, Best in Show and People’s Choice.

Some entries will house homeless animals and others will be auctioned to raise money for Humane Society programs. For contest rules and information, contact Jeff Dorson at or visit

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at