PARTY FOR THE POLES
Normally, the use of large quantities of petroleum jelly is not a reason to invite the public over. But this is New Orleans, and it’s Mardi Gras. Every year, the Royal Sonesta greases the poles outside the hotel to discourage overzealous Carnival revelers from climbing up to the balconies. And why not make it a party with live music? The “Greasing of the Poles” is free, but a sense of humor is required. 300 Bourbon St. Friday, 10 a.m.
A LITTLE BIT OF ROCK
The Fair Grounds thinks people want more fun on Mardi Gras — but just a little. The track is staging a concert by Mini Kiss, the Kiss tribute band composed of “little people,” between races on Fat Tuesday. The diminutive foursome, a popular cover band in its own right, will perform Kiss hits on a stage near the winner’s circle starting at 4 p.m. General admission for live racing and Mini Kiss is $5. Go to FGNO.com/tickets.
MARDI GRAS INDIAN ORCHESTRA
The Hi-Ho Lounge hosts the fifth annual Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra Tuesday, with Indian chiefs Sunpie Barnes of the North Side Skull & Bones Gang, Juan Pardo of the Golden Comanches, David Montana of Yellow Pocahontas and musicians Camile Baudoin, Sam Hotchkiss, Reggie Scanlan, Tim Green, Helen Gillet, C.R. Gruver and others, Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave. Call (504) 251-7284.
ZULU CORONATION BALL
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club brings Frankie Beverly and Maze to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the royal coronation ball. Rebirth Brass Band — 2012 Grammy Winner for Best Regional Roots Album — heads a popular lineup that also includes DJ Captain Charles, DJ Dirty Red, DJ Jubilee, Tucka, Mystikal. Friday at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale at club headquarters, 732 North Broad St., or call (504) 827-1661.