Play it safe while you party and parade during the final days of Carnival.

“Being aware of what’s happening around you is the key element to staying safe,” said Melonie Stewart, Entergy’s director of customer service. “So while you’re enjoying the thrill of catching beads, make sure to keep safety as your top priority.”

Remember the power of power lines, Stewart said. Even if you don’t touch the line directly, “grabbing beads hanging from a power line or touching a power line with an object like a ladder or a net at the end of a pole can provide an instant path for electricity,” she said. “If that happens, you can be seriously hurt or even killed.”

Here are some Entergy tips for Carnival time and throughout the year:

If you notice a problem with a power line, keep a safe distance and call 1-800-ENTERGY to report it.

If you notice any suspicious activity, such as unattended packages, vehicles where they shouldn’t be parked or people taking pictures of critical infrastructure, report it through the See Something, Send Something app manned by the Louisiana State Police Department of Homeland Security.

If a situation requires immediate police action or other emergency services, call 911.

Whether it’s Carnival time or storm season, safety is always a top priority, Stewart said. “We want you to stay safe while having fun.” For information, visit www.entergy

Super pre-parade parties

The Krewe of Endymion is celebrating its 50th anniversary, so plan for a huge crowd at its Samedi Gras concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, on the neutral ground at 4424 Orleans Ave., near City Park Avenue.

The Top Cats will hit the stage before climbing the captain’s float for the parade, scheduled to roll at 4 p.m. through Mid-City and on to the Superdome.

The Bacchus bash kicks off at noon Sunday at Generations Hall, 301 Andrew Higgins Blvd.

The Top Cats will play at this party, too, along with Flow Tribe, Category 6 and Paris Avenue. The party is an indoor/outdoor affair that will offer televisions broadcasting the Super Bowl game.

The block party is free, and $100 VIP tickets include access to a parade grandstand, private restrooms and an open bar.

For ticket information, visit

Lundi Gras party

With the Mighty Mississippi as its backdrop, the 23rd annual Zulu Lundi Gras Festival can’t be beat from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Woldenberg Park. Enjoy food, arts and crafts and music, including Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Boys and Rebirth Brass Band.

King and Queen Zulu are scheduled to arrive between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. For information, visit

Plan to plant

Parkway Partners Second Saturday program “Gardening in Tight Spaces” will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 at Parkway’s Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St.

Learn to turn small yards and patios into attractive green spaces with Emily Mickley Doyle, the lead gardener with the ReFresh project. Gates open at 9 a.m., and plants sold will include trees, winter vegetables and colorful bedding plants. For information, visit

Adopt a Cop

The Adopt a Cop Mardi Gras Breakfast provides New Orleans police officers with good morning meals during Carnival season, including breakfast at district police stations and at spots along parade routes, with volunteers doing the cooking.

Nancy Lytle, a Gulf Coast Bank & Trust officer in Lakeview, launched the program soon after Katrina to thank our police officers. You can participate by contributing as little as $5 for officer breakfast coupons at all Gulf Coast bank locations in the city. For information, call (504) 539-7281.

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