Mardi Gras comes late in 2014 (Fat Tuesday is March 4), which means Krewe du Vieux's raunchy and satirical parade also is late (Saturday, Feb. 15). One of the group's subkrewes is getting started early, however, with its Cirque d'So Lame fundraising circus in St. Patrick's Park (across from Mid-City Yacht Club) from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
The Mystic Krewe of Inane is putting a pop-cultural spin on carny sideshow games and attractions. Lil Wayne's Sizzurp Race is a twist on the classic of using a water gun to fill a plastic cup before other competitors. Meth Mouth is a carny beanbag toss into one of the "faces of meth," and participants must knock out three teeth to win. Chocolate pudding wrestling was popular last year, but it has been replaced with Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's "Sketti" (spaghetti) Wrestling. Fortune-telling Jesus was a hit last year, and this year, he's back with an expanded menu of services, including interventions, exorcisms and marriages (same-sex only). The crowning Freudian nightmare is the Birth Canal ride, a tactile funhouse filled with things spelunking adventurers may or may not enjoy or want identified. Shower facilities are not provided, but there's a kiddie pool in the VIP area. Suggested donation to enter the carnival is $10, and beer is included. Entrance to the VIP area is an additional $5. There also are food vendors and more carnival games. Costumes are encouraged.