Because It's Too Late to Get Down to NOLA: 6 Best Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC

Who says you can't have a NOLA Mardi Gras in New York City? Whoever says that can't be friends with us. 

Maybe we can't throw beads, flash strangers, and drink copious amounts of alcohol without getting arrested, but we can still try.

This Tuesday marks Fat Tuesday (the english translation of the French "Mardi Gras") where people tend to feast on rich, fattening foods prior to the religious tradition of fasting on Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent for Christians.

Regardless of religious views, Mardi Gras has become a celebration of debauchery and feasting. 

Though it is typically celebrated in French-settled New Orleans, Louisiana, we can still "laissez le bon temps rouler," or "let the good times roll," in New York City. 

Here's how to party on in NYC for Mardi Gras.

1. Mardi Gras at Bourbon Street Bar & Grille (346 West 46th Street)

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So you can't make it to Bourbon Street to sip on hurricanes and dance to some swingin' jazz in the New Orleans humidity. How about we meet up at the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille and sip on hurricanes, dance to some swingin' jazz right in our neighborhood? 

Sure, it's not the Crescent City, but it's about as close as we can get without spending a ludicrous amount of money on airfare to get there ourselves. 


Celebrate the feast by drinking Abita beer and chowing down on some fried pickles and gumbo this Tuesday. 

Plus, they're serving up happy hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday through Friday, and again from 11:45 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Wednesdays to Sundays. 

2. Mardi Gras at Duane Park (308 Bowery)

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Good food, great music, and beautiful half-naked humans? Sounds like a N'awlins good time to us. Get yourself a $55 or $65 ticket for Duane Park's Mardi Gras celebration for entertainment and a three course meal. 

This burlesque-style show will transport you to New Orleans glory days, with performances by magician Albert Cadabra, an Australian contortionist, Lillin, and "The Mistress of Hoops."

3. "Funky Fat Tuesday" at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill (237 West 42nd Street)

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What's Mardi Gras without a little funk? Celebrate Fat Tuesday with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Tuesday at 8 p.m. 


Tickets to see this Rock & Roll Hall of Famer are only $40 for first-come, first-served seating. 


4. 1st Annual New Orleans Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Party & Crawfish Boil at The Hall (470 Driggs Avenue- Brooklyn)

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Head over to Brooklyn for an incredible night featuring music from the Jambalaya Brass Band and a crawfish boil and authentic NOLA menu created by celebrity chef, Michael Psilakis. 


Doors open at 6 p.m., with happy hour specials like 2 for 1 on NOLA craft cocktails and Nola beers from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $35 for a crawfish platter + general admission ticket. 

5. Mardis Gras at Claw Daddy's (185 Orchard Street)

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Crawfish, Jazz, and $5 Abita beer (Abita Amber, Purple Haze, Abita Light, Triple Haze and Andygator) all night long... or until they run out of beer. That's the scene at Claw Daddy's on Tuesday at 5 p.m. 

Make sure to break out your beads and make a reservation to get your groove on to a live jazz band from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

6. THE SALON: Mardi Gras at The DL (95 Delancey Street)

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If you want the most authentic celebration of the Big Easy in the Big Apple, you need to buy your ticket to the Mardi Gras party at the DL. Your ticket will include general admission, dance lessons, and Mardi Gras beads for $25.00. 

You can spend $55 a person, and get the dinner package, including everything available in the general admission ticket along with seated dinner and live music. 


The night includes performances from close to 30 entertainers, including three bands on three floors. The entertainment will include burlesque, dance, and live music. 

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[Feature Image Courtesy TimeOut] 

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