--Mardi Gras parades kick off this weekend and include the all-children Krewe of Rascals in Metairie on Sunday and the absolutely NOT-for-children Krewe de Vieux which is a R-rated satirical parade of walkers and mule-pulled floats in the French Quarter, Marigny and Bywater on Saturday evening.
-- A Really Big Smelly Float: Endymion will premiere a float this year that is so big, that it will be be pulled by an airplane tug, not a tractor. The new signature float is over a football field long and consists of 9 units and will carry about 300 riders.
The Pontchartrain Beach Then and Now is a conception of what the beloved, ain't-dere'no'more, New Orleans Lakefront amusement park would be like now. Lighting effects will make the Zephyr, Ferris Wheel and other ride replicas look like they are in operation on the float.
There will be smoke and other specials effects too - even the SMELLS of the place including Cotton Candy and Hamburger with Onions.
-- The Presbytere museum (The Cabildo's twin on the other side of the St. Louis Cathedral) has long had a comprehensive Mardi Gras exhibit (covering all kinds of New Orleans and Louisiana Mardi Gras celebrations.) This weekend, a grand opening party welcomed a new addition to the exhibit - The Baby Dolls Mardi Gras tradition and revival.