This weekend, Carnival 2013 gets rolling with three parades in our area, one on the West Bank, one in Metairie and the other in Kenner.

First, the Krewe of Adonis takes to the streets of the West Bank beginning at noon Saturday.

The theme of the 15th annual parade is “Adonis’ Saturday Matinee.” The parade begins on General DeGaulle Drive between Carlisle and Holiday Drives. It will turn onto Behrman Highway, proceeding to Carol Sue Avenue where it will turn once again.

It will proceed down Carol Sue and turn once more onto Terry Parkway. The parade will disband on Terry Parkway near Oakwood Shopping Center.

The king and queen of the 14-float parade are Kris Marcel Sr. and Amanda Bourg.

Krewe of Driftwood

Also on Saturday, the Krewe of Driftwood will hold its annual parade at 1 p.m. in the Driftwood Subdivision in Kenner, with the theme “Driftwood Salutes the Super Bowl.”

The parade begins on Granada Drive and winds its way through the streets of Driftwood, disbanding at the Driftwood Country Club, 94 Gelpi Ave. It will feature bands and marching groups. Also, elected officers from the city of Kenner, Jefferson Parish and the state will participate.

The parade’s king and queen will be revealed on Saturday.

Residents of the subdivision are encouraged to get together with neighbors and build a float for the parade.

“There is a contest for the best float, but mainly, it is just a great way to meet your neighbors,” said Barbara Kansas, president of the Driftwood Civic Association.

The parade captain is Dona Reynaud. To participate in a float contest, call Reynaud at (504) 909-4004.

Krewe of Thor

Finally, the Krewe of Thor rolls Sunday at 2 p.m. in Metairie, starting at Clearview Shopping Center and heading onto Veterans Boulevard. Randy Corass and Aimee Corass will reign as king and queen. The theme is “Thor Celebrates Louisiana.”

Family Gras Feb. 1-2

In addition to the parades, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the sixth annual Family Gras celebration in Metairie on Feb. 1 from 2 to 8:30 p.m., and Feb. 2 from noon to 7:30 p.m.

Everything takes place on the neutral ground along Veterans Memorial Boulevard between Causeway Boulevard and Severn Avenue. There are 10 musical acts scheduled. They include Amanda Shaw; Fitz and the Tantrums; Katie Armiger; Soul Asylum; and Creedence Clearwater Revisted on Feb.1. ZZ Ward; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; Cowboy Mouth; Blues Traveler; and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Feb. 2.

In addition, there will be food booths and an arts market featuring several local artists and crafters.

New guild officers

The Leading Ladies Guild, a fundraiser group for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, has named its new officers.

They are Kellie Barnes, president; Shelli Ali, vice president; Faith Peperone, vice president for membership; Melinda Bourgeois, vice president for fundraising; Suzy Baker, recording secretary; Nicole Ferrier, corresponding secretary; Pat Persaud, treasurer; Ginger Crawford, parliamentarian; and Beth Goddard, historian.

Dog obedience classes

The Jefferson Parish Department of Parks and Recreation will sponsor a series of dog-training classes this month at Cleary Playground, 3700 Civic St., Metairie.

First, a puppy obedience class for dogs 3 ½ to 7 months old begins Monday at 7 p.m. It continues for seven weeks.

Also, a basic eight-week dog obedience class to help dog owners teach their pets the basic commands of sit, come, heel, stay and sit will be held starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. or on Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.

And classes to help owners prepare their dogs for an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen certification begins on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Dogs must have completed the beginners course in order to qualify for this class.

Finally, for owners who want to learn how to teach their dog good behavior, two workshops will be held in March. One is scheduled for March 5 at 7 p.m. and the second one is planned for March 6 at 10 a.m.

Fees vary for each class and preregistration is required. To register or for more information, call Tiffany Curtis at (504) 736-6999, Ext. 118.

Senior group meet tonight

The St. Rita Silver Trotters will meet 7 p.m. Thursday in the St. Rita School gym, 7118 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

Musician Joe Barbara is the featured guest.

For more information about the Silver Trotters, call Louise Chapman at (504) 737-3797.

Schools set open houses

Several Catholic schools are holding open houses for parents of prospective students.

This week’s schedule is:

THURSDAY: St. Angela Merici, 835 Melody Drive, Metairie, 7 to 9 p.m. Call (504) 835-8491; St. Rita, 7118 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, 5 to 7 p.m. Call (504) 737-0744; and St. Mary Magdalen, 6425 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Call (504) 733-1433.

Saturday: St. Agnes School, 3410 Jefferson Highway, 10 a.m. to noon. Call (504) 835-6486.

Monday: St. Ann, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie, 7:30 p.m. Call (504) 455-8383.

Wednesday: St. Benilde, 1801 Division St., Metairie. Call (504) 833-9894.

Wednesdays by appointment: St. Matthew the Apostle, 10021 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. Call (504) 737-4604.

Registration at all schools begin Feb. 25.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about Jefferson Parish. Contact her at