The Carnival season technically began on Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, but the real evidence that Mardi Gras is drawing near arrives here this weekend, with the first of the parades. Here's a look at what's rolling this week:

Feb. 2

Oshun, 6 p.m. Uptown

Cleopatra, 6:30 p.m. Uptown

Excalibur, 7 p.m. Metairie

Feb. 3

Adonis, 11:45 a.m. West Bank

Nemesis, 1 p.m. St. Bernard

Pontchartrain, 1 p.m. Uptown

Choctaw, 2 p.m. Uptown

Freret, 3:30 p.m. Uptown

Sparta, 5:30 p.m. Uptown

Pygmalion, 6:15 p.m. Uptown

'Tit Rex, 5 p.m. Marigny

Chewbacchus, 7 p.m., Marigny/Bywater

Caesar, 6 p.m. Metairie

Feb. 4

Femme Fatale, 11 a.m. Uptown

Carrollton, noon Uptown

King Arthur, 1 p.m. Uptown

Alla, 2:30 p.m. Uptown

Feb. 7

Druids, 6:15 p.m. Uptown

Nyx, 7 p.m. Uptown