ST. JOSEPH'S PASTA PARTY: 11:45 a.m., Grand Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. Annual free event by Italian American St. Joseph Society to kick off a weekend of events, with parade marshal David Greco preparing the "world's largest bowl of pasta con le sarde."

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the Spot family activity, music by Arpa Quartet, lecture by Matthew Restall "The Bold and Bellicose — Maya Warfare in the Conquest Era," with reception and workshop on sgraffito technique with Rachael DePauw. (504) 658-4100.

FRIDAY NITES ON THE SQUARE: 5:30 p.m., TerraBella Village, 111 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington. Kickoff for every-other Friday series of concerts, with music, with food and beverage for purchase. (985) 871-7171.

"AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL": 5:30 p.m., Jackson Barracks Military Museum, 4209 Chenault Blvd., Jackson Barracks, New Orleans. Gala opening for "Over There — Louisiana And The Great War" exhibit, with dinner, dancing, silent auction and wine raffle. $75 and up. (504) 278-8024.

LARK IN THE PARK: 8 p.m., Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and Peristyle, City Park, New Orleans. Fundraiser by Friends of City Park for restoration of the Casino Building, with live music, food, libations and more. Must be 21. $100, $90 members, $75 age 35 and under.


BUKU MUSIC & ART PROJECT: Gates open at 2 p.m. both days, 1400 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Two-day art and music fest featuring performances from Migos, Bassnectar and many more. Tickets and more info at


NEW ORLEANS HOME AND GARDEN SHOW: Noon Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Consumer home show with products, information, seminars, demonstrations, adoptable puppies, cooking competition and more. $15, $10 military, under 12 free. Discounts available.


NEED TO FEED FAMILY FUN DAY: 7:30 a.m., St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan. Color run, craft fair, Easter egg hunt and family activities to raise funds for Matthew 25:35 food pantry. (985) 764-8292.

WILDLIFE REFUGE WORK/PLAY DAY: 9 a.m., Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex Headquarters, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Volunteers of all ages needed maintenance on trails and gardens, plus lunch and a canoe outing on Bayou Lacombe. Register by Thursday. (985) 882-2015.

HIKE THE LAFITTE GREENWAY: 9:30 a.m., Lemann Playground, 628 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. Friends of Lafitte Greenway sponsor 3-mile guided hike with performances along the way, live music, block party along the linear park with return shuttle to beginning.

FÊTE FRANÇAISE: 11 a.m., Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 821 Gen. Pershing St., New Orleans. Celebration of city's connection to France with food, wine, music, art and culture. (504) 896-4500.

OGDEN MUSEUM FAMILY DAY: 11 a.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. Free admission with activities, performances and food and drink available for purchase. (504) 539-9650.

"COME PLAY WITH US": 11 a.m., Covington REC Complex, 4001 DePorres Road, Covington. Introduction to new recreation complex with rock climbing, golf, nature trail tours, music, games and activities. Food and beverage for purchase.

SPRING FIESTA PARADE AND GALA: 3 p.m., French Quarter, New Orleans. The horse-drawn carriages of the fiesta queen and court roll through the streets of the Vieux Carre, including Bourbon, Royal and Decatur, ending at the "Night in Ole New Orleans" gala. (504) 581-1367.

CRITTER CINEMA: 6 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Movies, sleeping bags, pizza, popcorn, PJs, pillows and pets — it's all there. G-rated critter movie with snacks for kids 5-10. Registration required. $35. (504) 368-5191, ext. 207.

ITALIAN-AMERICAN ST. JOSEPH'S PARADE: 6 p.m., French Quarter and CBD, New Orleans. The St. Joseph's Society parade, with maids, floats and marchers, starts at Canal and Chartres Streets and running through the Vieux Carre. (504) 561-1006.

MONA LISA AND MOON PIE PARADE: 7 p.m., KY's Olde Towne Bicycle Shop, Carey and Robert Streets, Slidell. Walking krewe shifts parade from Carnival season to St. Patrick's season.

HAPPY BEERDAY: 7:30 p.m., Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, 7 Victory Ave., City Park, New Orleans. Unlimited rides, open beer bars, singing Happy Birthday to the city and a cake of 4,000 Jell-O shots, with music, giveaways and wine for purchase. $30.


YEP FEST: 11 a.m., 1600 block of O.C. Haley Boulevard, New Orleans. Youth Empowerment Project event with Big Freedia and more live entertainment, pedicab races and food trucks and beverages.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE: noon, Metairie Road, Metairie. The floats, marchers and more line up in front of Rummel High School on Severn Avenue, then traverse Metairie Road to Focis Street, ending at Canal Street.

NEW ORLEANS HIGH SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BANDS: 3 p.m., Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion, Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans. Six marching bands will be performing live featuring a special performance by the Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band.


"ART IN BLOOM — QUEEN OF ARTS" PREVIEW PARTY: 7 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Showcase of floral designs created by more than 100 exhibitors that remain on display March 15-18. "Queen of Arts: Celebrating 30 Years of Art in Bloom." $150 and up.


IRISH CHANNEL ST. PATRICK'S DAY CLUB BLOCK PARTY: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Annunciation Square, 1500 Chippewa St., New Orleans. Irish food, music, dancers and beverages flow in this "green" event, with proceeds to benefit St. Michael's Special School.

BLACK MASKING CULTURAL FESTIVAL: 3 p.m., Crescent Park, 2300 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Inaugural event featuring three Black Masking Tribes with bands, outdoor concert, food from vendors, face painting and arts and crafts vendors.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones.