Holidays for days

Illustration by Serene Lusano

’Tis the season for both Lunar New Year and Mardi Gras. Celebrate the former—and the year of the monkey, in particular—in Little Saigon, where more than 10,000 people are expected to come out for the Lunar Flower Fest and Tet Parade. The parade will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, on the corner of Stockton Boulevard and Fruitridge Road, and the flower ceremony will start at noon. Find music, games and, of course, lots of Vietnamese food until 8 p.m. as well as on the next day. More at Meanwhile, the Mardi Gras party in Old Sacramento will be decidedly less family-friendly. It’ll take the form of a bar hop, with drink specials, live jazz and New Orleans-inspired food across eight venues starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t miss the po’boys at River City Saloon (916 Second Street) or gumbo at Sports Corner Cafe (1030 Second Street). More at