When: Fri., Feb. 13, 10 a.m. 2015
Traditionally intended to prevent passerby from climbing the hotel balcony, the annual curbside ceremony kicks off Mardi Gras weekend in the French Quarter. The theme is Friday the 13th and there's live music by Leroy Jones & the Original Hurricane Brass Band and Anais St. John, plus performances by Zulu characters, the Pussyfooters and burlesque dancers. Actor Bryan Batt is master of ceremonies. Free.