It’s not too early to get tickets to Bridge House Grace House Cochon Cotillion XXII from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 7 at Mardi Gras World. The event is a parody of traditional black-tie galas and a who’s who of New Orleanians sporting costumes and tacky attire.

Congratulations to this year’s royalty, king Bill Mimeles and queen Betsie Gambel. The event includes a mini Mardi Gras parade, entertainment by ELS and Mike Morris, a silent auction, food and drink.

General admission tickets, $100, are available online and at the door. Tickets for the cotillion and 6 p.m. patron party are $150.

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Carnival costume display

Now is the time to check out “Goddesses in Bodices,” a collection of hand-beaded bustiers and headdresses by Dames de Perlage, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through March 15 at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 1010 Conti St.

Admission is $12. An array of costumes is on display, including the private collection of local impresario Carl Mack.

Daily 45-minute docent tours take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., giving an in-depth look at the origins and evolution of Mardi Gras celebrations from ancient Rome to modern-day New Orleans. The tour includes a look at the processes of costume making and what it means to be king or queen of Mardi Gras parades.

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Free trees

Now that the ice has thawed, the area is left with many dead plants and trees. Help is on the way.

A Big TREEsy Giveaway is set for 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 24 at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave. Four hundred trees will be available, and every resident may take one home free. Extra trees will be $15, and there will be 30 varieties.

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