IMG_3725Dash for the Beads begins and ends at Kidd Springs Park this year and benefits Fidoakcliff, which is raising money to build a dog park.

Ocarnivale Masquerade Ball takes place tonight at the Kessler Theater. Live New Orleans-style swing music will be provided by Club Wood and the Inner City All Stars.

Tomorrow, the Mardi Gras parade runs down Fort Worth Avenue from Madison to Montclair avenues.

DEETS: Dash for the Beads, Kidd Springs Park at Cedar Hill Avenue and 5th Street. 8 a.m.–noon. Ocarnivale Masquerade Ball, Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St. 7 p.m. Buy tickets here. Mardi Gras Parade, Fort Worth Avenue. Sunday from 4–6 p.m.