1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 / Olive and Wishon Avenue in Fresno’s Tower District / (559) 497-8362, www.towerdistrict.org / Free to attend
Officially, there are still a few days until Mardi Gras. New Orlean’s annual super celebration — the last real party before the Lenten season — starts Feb. 17. Fresno’s Tower District celebrates on Sunday, Feb. 15, with its annual Mardi Gras Parade. So, stake out a spot along the parade route, then hit your favorite Tower District restaurant or club for a post-parade party. There will be plenty of gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boy sandwiches and oyster shooters.