New Bedfidgians will be happy to know that tonight's AHA! is still scheduled to kick off at 5 pm. The much-celebrated (and often poorly-imitated) monthly celebration of downtown businesses and lifestyle choices dodged the "Winter storm and parking ban" bullet once again, due to the fact that AHA! has special magical powers.
Tonight's theme (close as it is to the beginning of Lent without actually touching it) is CARNEVALE! (The exclamation point is mandatory and must be accompanied by an upthrust index finger in order to effectuate the enthusiastic intent.)
The spelling of CARNEVALE! you'll recognize as the Portuguese Brazilian one and includes the "carne" that means "meat," illustrating the last time before Easter that the faithful are allowed to eat or show their meat publicly in certain parts of the Roman Catholic Empire, which explains this: sort of thing.
Although tonight's AHA! festivities promise beads, do not expect anything comparable to New Orleans' raucous bead trade:
We are related by marriage.