Austin kicks off the Mardi Gras season with this first ever procession (from Coco Coquette), coronation (vote online for a king and queen now!), and afterparty (at the Blackheart, where they're pulling out the big guns: KOOP-FM's Tom Mahnke from the Fais-Do-Do Show!). 7pm.
Maison d'Etoile, 2109 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/344-9173
Curbside trash pickup customers can place their real trees (not in bags) out with their regular trash to be composted into Dillo Dirt. Want rid of it sooner? Drop it off at the Zilker Polo Fields from 10am-2pm this weekend and next. Jan. 5-6 and 12-13, 10am-2pm.