Mardi Gras isn’t technically until Feb. 17, but Louisiana will start celebrating this weekend. Parades for the pre-Lent carnival tradition were scheduled to kick off Friday in New Orleans. Due up first was Krewe of Cork, founded in 2000 and dedicated to wine. In the past, it’s included such spectacles as marching baby dolls, so you’ll want to watch the festivities here

Fifteen minutes away from New Orleans proper, Metairie will host its annual Family Gras this weekend. Family Gras is free and runs through Sunday on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. In addition to an art market and kids zone, Family Gras has a food court that sells items like muffulettas, crawfish pasta and alligator-on-a-stick, according to its website. Artists including the Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes and Becky G are slated to perform.

Below is the general parade schedule through Sunday night. All events are listed in Central Standard Time.

Friday:

  • 3 p.m. - Krewe of Cork - French Quarter
  • 6 p.m. - Krewe of Oshun - Uptown New Orleans
  • 6:30 p.m. - Krewe of Cleopatra - Uptown New Orleans
  • 7 p.m. - Krewe of Excalibur - Metairie
  • 7 p.m. - Krewe of Eve - Mandeville
  • 7:30 p.m. - Krewe of Athena - Metairie

Saturday:

  • 10 a.m. - Krewe of Paws - Slidell
  • 11:45 a.m. - The Mystic Knights of Adonis - Westbank
  • 1 p.m. - Krewe of Pontchartrain - Uptown New Orleans
  • 1 p.m - Knights of Nemesis - Chalmette
  • 5 p.m. - ‘tit Rəx - Marigny
  • 6 p.m. - Krewe of Caesar - Metairie
  • 6 p.m. - Krewe of Chewbacchus - Marigny
  • 6 p.m. - Krewe of Olympia - Covington
  • 6 p.m. - Knights of Sparta - Uptown New Orleans
  • 6:15 p.m. - Krewe of Pygmalion - Uptown New Orleans
  • 6:30 p.m. - Krewe of Titans - Slidell
  • after - Krewe of Choctaw - Uptown New Orleans
  • after - Krewe of Freret - Uptown New Orleans

Sunday:

  • noon - Krewe of Carrollton - Uptown New Orleans
  • 1 p.m. - Krewe of Dionysus - Slidell
  • 2 p.m. - Krewe of Tchefuncte - Madisonville
  • 2 p.m. - Krewe of Barkus - French Quarter
  • after - Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin - Uptown New Orleans
  • after - Krewe of Alla - Uptown New Orleans
  • after - Krewe of Femme Fatale - Uptown New Orleans