Get in the spirit of the season Friday and Saturday with the free FAMILY GRAS, the Jefferson Parish celebration of Carnival, with Excalibur and Caesar parades and music including Cyndi Lauper, Imagination Movers and Deacon John. Mardi Gras Plaza, Veterans Memorial and Causeway Boulevards, Metairie.

COFFEECHAMPS is a weekendlong caffeine gathering with competitions, a cafe and roaster village, marketplace and demonstrations. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. $15 and up. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans.

SCHOOLS EXPO is an education fair with representatives of public and private schools and early childhood centers, plus admission applications. Free supplies and vouchers for uniforms, plus activities and refreshments. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (504) 620-2332.

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