All State Sugar Bowl Fan Jam and Game

The fun gets going early on the first day of the new year when the Fan Jam kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at Champions Square next to the Superdome. The free tailgate party features food, interactive events, a Rose Bowl watch party on a big screen, live music by MoJeaux and The Top Cats, and appearances by cheering squads and bands for the Buckeyes and Bama. Then, at 7:30 p.m., No. 1 Alabama goes into gridiron action against No. 4 Ohio State inside the Dome. What a way to start 2015!

Thursday through Saturday

Celebration in the Oaks final days

In case you’ve missed it, these are the final three days of the City Park’s annual lights-a-palooza. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans. Parking is available at Tad Gormley Stadium. $8. (504) 483-9415.


P.3+ Bamboula/NOLA Roundtable Project — The Sounds of Louisiana Digital Collection

Sound artist Philippe Landry and a team from Tulane’s library discuss the influence of Orientalism, tourism and academics on local music and tradition. 2 p.m., Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. (504) 568-6993.


Joan of Arc Parade

The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc takes to the streets of the French Quarter to celebrate the saint’s birthday and the unique French cultural heritage of the Crescent City. A cast of characters for this medieval-style promenade will delight parade watchers. With toasts and sword blessings, plus a crowing of the king and a king cake ceremony, this is an event for behold. The route begins at 6 p.m. at the statue on Decatur Street heading downtown, right onto Conti Street, right onto Chartres Street, right onto Ursulines Avenue and right again onto Decatur, ending at Jackson Square.

Phunny Phorty Phellows

To herald the Carnival season, this colorful krewe takes to the streetcar to usher in another reason to party in the Crescent City. Gathering at 6:30 p.m. in the Willow Street Car Barn, the group rolls along the Carrollton and St. Charles Avenues streetcar line headed to downtown at 7 p.m. After the loop around Lee Circle, it heads up Howard Avenue to Carondelet, then on to Canal Street, loops back to St. Charles and eventually returns to the car barn for more fun and festivities.