Celebrating Mardi Gras can bring out the hedonist in you. To feel a little less sinful, why not participate in a festivity that helps those in need? This year, Beads for Needs — a nonprofit organization that assists underprivileged children in Charlotte — is bringing its version of New Orleans' French quarter to Whisky River. Food, wine, beer, beads and live entertainment are abundant at this fundraiser for The Speedway Children's Charities. For more information, visit www.beadsforneeds.org.