Fat Tuesday is tomorrow! Are you ready to party Cajun-style? Don’t worry if you haven’t made reservations or haven’t a clue how to commemorate the holiday – we’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of how to celebrate Mardi Gras the NYC way. Lasissez les bons temps rouler!
Get yourself a costume
Mardi Gras is way more fun if you get into the spirit of things with a costume. Try to stick to the traditional colors of purple, green, and gold. Make sure to wear something on your head, like a masquerade mask, crown, or a jester’s hat. Then accessorize with feather boas and of course beads. You can never have enough beads! Score everything you need to look dazzling at New York Costumes, the Village Party Store, or even one of the many Dollar Tree stores located in the city.
Find a place to party
There’s no shortage of places to party on Mardi Gras in NYC. Just remember – it IS a Tuesday. How hungover do you want to be at work tomorrow? If you want to throw caution to the wind, then head to Mardi Gras: Brass & Sass at House of Yes in Brooklyn. The party gets underway at 10pm and includes a New Orleans-style brass band, DJs, circus performers, and a parade. Best of all, there’s no cover. If you’re more in the mood for something exotic, head to Arabesque where they are celebrating Mardi Gras in Moroccan Style. Tickets are $120 and include a three-course meal and a belly dance performance. A bottle of champagne will be awarded to the person with the best costume. If you’d rather wait until the weekend to celebrate, then check out Beware the Ides of March: A Roman Fat Friday happening at the Angel Orensanz Foundation downtown on Friday, March 8. This amazing night of revelry also benefits charity and features a live performance from NOLA artist Cyril Neville. In fact, this party was named NYC’s Most Authentic Mardi Gras Party by the City of New Orleans!
Eat some tasty Cajun or Creole food
If you’re less into partying and more into noshing on some seriously delicious Cajun or Creole food, there are plenty of places around the city to satisfy you. The Sound Bite Restaurant features Blackened Wings that were voted the Best in NYC by Insider Food in 2018 as well as Southern Smoked Mac-N-Cheese that can be topped with alligator sausage. Claw Daddy’s is the place to go for Grilled Oysters, Spicy Southern Deviled Eggs, and Crawfish. Head to Great Jones Café if you’re jonesing for Garlic Soup, Jambalaya, or a Lamb Sausage Po’Boy.
Indulge in a King Cake
Finally, finish the evening with a sweet ending by treating yourself to a King Cake. It’s the typical dessert served during Mardi Gras, made with sweet brioche dough and coated in a glazed frosting and colored sugar. They’re also known to have little trinkets tucked inside for you to find. You can find them at Epicerie Boulud, Almondine Bakery, and Dominique Ansel Bakery.
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