Mona Lisa and MoonPie kick off Carnival on Saturday

Photo provided by Christy and the Rascals -- Christy and the Rascals will perform Saturday at the Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie's Twelfth Night party in Slidell.
Photo provided by Christy and the Rascals -- Christy and the Rascals will perform Saturday at the Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie's Twelfth Night party in Slidell.

The Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie will kick off the Carnival season in Slidell with its annual 12th Night party on Saturday, a day early.

“We always like to mix things up a bit, so we are jumping the gun by a day to celebrate on a Saturday night,” said krewe Captain Tom Collins.

The party will be held at Andrew’s (the Olde Ice House), 1398 Front St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. King cake will be served and a cash bar will be available. The restaurant will be open for dinner during the party.

Christy and the Rascals will provide the musical entertainment for the evening.

The swing/jazz group is known for their renditions from great American dance bands.

Twelfth Night is typically when the majority of members sign up for the krewe’s parade, according to Collins.

“We invite everyone who has paraded with us before or has always dreamed of donning a costume and enjoying Mardi Gras in our unique way to come and join us,” Collins said.

Slidell Carnival krewes are showing lower than average membership numbers this year and Mona Lisa and MoonPie is experiencing it as well, according to Collins. As a result, the krewe has opted to cancel its post-parade Red Beans and Rice Ball and put all their efforts into providing a wonderful parade for the people of Slidell, he said.

“Our numbers are down and we are looking for people with good humor and a fun spirit to join us this year,” Collins said.

Membership is open to the public.

The krewe will parade through Olde Towne Slidell at 7 p.m. Jan. 26.

Adult membership is $125, including three cases of moonpie throws.

Child members are $85 including moonpies. Family packages and group discounts are also available, according to Collins.

For more information on Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie membership, see the krewe’s website, http://www.monalisaandmoonpie.com, or call Suzie Hunt at (985) 768-6294.