Several marching groups are preparing for Carnival parade season with parties and fundraising events this weekend. The Camel Toe Lady Steppers throw their annual Toe-Down fundraiser at Tipitina's tonight. The party also benefits the Roots of Music band, which will perform at the event. The 610 Stompers host their Sweet 610 ball at the Sugar Mill, and the event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Pussyfooters are at The Foundry on Saturday night, and the event raises funds for the Metro Center for Women & Children. A relatively new dance group will appear in parades this year: the Nola Cherry Bombs. Other marching groups which will march in parades this year include the Muff-A-Lottas and the Bearded Oysters.