Eva Barkoff ‘Around Jefferson’ column for Feb. 7, 2013

By Eva Barkoff

Special to The Advocate

There is no doubt that Mardi Gras is in full swing in Jefferson Parish. Parades are scheduled Friday through Fat Tuesday on both the East and West Banks. And there are a few extra Carnival activities also planned.

The parades scheduled in Metairie are the Krewe of Centurions on Friday at 7 p.m.; the Krewe of Isis on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.; Corps de Napoleon on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.; and the Krewes of Hera and Zeus on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

And on Mardi Gras, it is the Krewe of Argus at 10 a.m., followed by the truck parades of the Elks Jeffersonians and the Krewe of Jefferson.

On the West Bank, the Krewe of Grela returns to the city of Gretna after a one-year hiatus on Fat Tuesday, rolling at 10 a.m.

The 20-float parade begins on Whitney Avenue near the West Bank Expressway.

Before the big celebration on Fat Tuesday, don’t forget about the annual Lundi Gras celebration in Kenner.

Rivertown is the back drop for the annual toast between the King and Queen of Argus, Raymond Brandt and Lydia Netterville, and the King and Queen of Zulu, Cedric Givens and Monica Givens.

Festivities get under way at 10 a.m. and includes food, entertainment and arts and crafts. Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni will preside over the event. Admission is free.

And finally, a new Carnival tradition begins this year on Lundi Gras when the newly formed Krewe of Hera and the longtime Krewe of Zeus will sponsor Lundi Fest beginning at noon along Veterans Square near Causeway Boulevard in Metairie. There will be food, arts and crafts, and music by the Vettes, the Lagniappe Brass Band and the Revivalists. Admission is free.

Senior Olympics upcoming

The Greater New Orleans District Senior Olympic Games begin Feb. 15 and continue until April 8.

The games, held at various locations throughout the area, are open to men and women 50 and older and include competitions in more than 25 athletic and recreational events.

Registration fee is $20 per person for three events. The fee includes a T-shirt and a ticket to the awards banquet in the spring.

For an entry form, go to the website, www.gnoso.net. To have a form mailed or for more information, call Janey Perez at (504) 559-9060 or email jperez.gnoso@gmail.com or Bernice Bordelon at (504) 834-5279 or email bernicebordelon@aol.com.

Health fair for seniors

The East Jefferson Family YMCA will hold a fair for senior citizens on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie.

The free program will include a variety of health screenings including information on diabetes management.

For more information, call the YMCA at (504) 888-9622.

School on national stage

Fourth- and fifth-grade students along with a recent graduate of the Community Day School in Metairie recently entered and won the national Jewish Day School Video Contest.

Sponsored by the Avi Chai Foundation, Jewish day schools around the country teamed up with graduates of their respective schools to tell their stories.

After receiving 10,000 public votes and 10 judges’ reviews, the Community Day School won a slot in the public voting, naming the school and its alumnus partner, Max Vizelberg, a 2005 graduate of the Community Day School and currently a student at Harvard University, winners.

The Avi Chai Foundation was founded in 1984 by Zalman Chaim Bernstein. The foundation’s mission is to strengthen Judaism, Jewish literacy and Jewish tradition.

Conference champs

Congratulations to the members of the St. Ann School’s senior boys’ basketball team, who recently won the East Jefferson Catholic Schools Athletic League Conference championship, defeating St. Clement of Rome School 37-16.

St. Ann went undefeated in district play and received a bye in the first round of the conference playoffs. The team will compete in the CSAL city playoffs.

Team members are Colin Accardo, Ben Chaplain, Jonathan Code, Colin Gordon, Neil Heusel, Ross Incardona, Oscar Maumus, Connor McCoy, Cameron McNulty, Christian, Miller, David Plauche and Michael Plauche.

The team is coached by Sal Soldano and Roy Millbern.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about Jefferson Parish. Contact her at ejbarkoff@gmail.com.