Celebrate the Jefferson Parish Carnival season at the second annual Carnival Kickoff party at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at Mardi Gras Plaza, located along the median on Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

There will be food trucks, refreshments and live music. All kings, queens and captains of all Jefferson Parish parades are invited to attend as honored guests and will be given a special toast.

Admission to the event, sponsored by the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau, is free.

And speaking of Carnival, the parade season get underway at noon Jan. 28 with the Krewe of Little Rascals in Metairie. It will begin just outside Clearview Shopping Center at the corner of El Dorado and Houma Boulevard. It will proceed east down Veterans Memorial Boulevard and disband at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.

The parade will not make turns onto Severn Avenue or Bonnabel Boulevard.

Eleven more Jefferson parades are scheduled, beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 with the Krewe of Excalibur in Metairie.

Cotillion planned

SWANS, Inc., organized in 1952 by 10 educators at Kenner Colored High School, is preparing for the 2018 Debutante and Junior Court Experience.

The debutante calendar for girls who are at least 16 and high school juniors, begins this month and culminates in December with the 28th Biennial Cotillion. Throughout the year, prospective debutantes participate in monthly etiquette classes, career planning, college preparation and networking workshops, community service projects, a fashion and talent production, essay and scrapbook contests, fine dining experience and the Presentation Tea.

Parents of prospective debutantes should submit a Debutante Interest Application online at www.swansinc.org/2018Cotillion.

The Junior Court activities, for girls ages 5 to 14, and boys ages 5 to 10, begin in April. Parents interested in their child’s participation in the Junior Court may also submit an online application no later than Feb. 17.

For more information, call Debra H. Edwards at (504) 458-7556 or send an email to dherme@aol.com. You can also go to the website www.swansinc.org.

Karate winners

Congratulations to a mother and son, both members of Louisiana Karate Association in Metairie, who each placed first in their respective kumite (fighting categories) at the Japan Karate Association American Federation National Karate Championship held recently in Ireland.

Abdullah Jarushi, 19, placed first in the black belt collegiate category and his mother, Cathy Jarushi, placed first in the senior women's black belt category.

Cathy Jarushi won even though she had broken her foot in a previous competition.

Free classes for adults

The Jefferson Parish Public School System’s adult education program is offering free day and night classes.

Registration takes place Wednesday, Jan. 3, and Thursday, Jan. 4. Classes begin Jan. 8.

Classes are offered in a variety of areas including English as a second language, adult basic education, English literacy, high school equivalency, transitional skills, life skills, digital literacy and career awareness. Online classes are also offered.

Registration for day classes is at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the school system’s administration building, 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, and also at the Shrewsbury Adult Learning Center, 1108 Shrewsbury Road, Old Jefferson.

Registration for night classes is at 5 p.m., and will be held at the administration building and at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School, 2801 Bruin Drive, building 100, Kenner.

An identification card and a Social Security card are needed at registration.

For more information on east bank classes, call (504) 836-3396. And for West Bank classes, call (504) 361-5493.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at ejbarkoff@gmail.comEva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at ejbarkoff@gmail.com.