You don't have to live in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. You and your friends can stay in -- where you won't get into too much trouble -- don colorful costumes and beads, and whip up some HurRAcanes (that's RA Sushi's version of Hurricanes) or Southern Juleps.
What? You really wanted to go out and party? Here are some events in the Phoenix area where you can "laissez les bons temps rouler!"
Mardi Gras in Phoenix
- What: Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade & Festival
Where: Downtown Phoenix
Cost: Free admission
In 2014: Saturday, March 1 (CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER)
Mardi Gras regalia strongly encouraged! Participation in the parade (4 p.m.) is free, the festival will be held at CityScape from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
See a picture of the Mardi Gras Parade!
- What: Mardi Gras Mayhem @ Tongue Tied
Where: Apollo's Lounge, 5749 N. 7th St, Phoenix
Cost: Free admission before 9:30 p.m., $5 cover after
In 2014: Saturday, March 1 starting at 9 p.m.
Fire breathers, jugglers, hoop dancer. Court jester will throw beads (some with free drink tickets attached) from the DJ booth. Mardi Gras parade (think conga line) at approximately midnight. Costume contest. Face and mask painting. Free cover and cocktail to anyone who arrives dressed like a parade float. Pretend you're on "Bourbon Street" in the green-screen photo booth. Free bourbon tastings with Jack Daniels as well as "Bourbon Street" and Hurricane cocktails on special. A "King Cake" - Legend says whoever gets the Baby King in their piece of the cake will have good luck for the year. Giveaways. Free popcorn, candy, condoms, cake. Tongue Tied's DJ Roya & Funkfinger spin. 21+ only.
Mardi Gras in Tempe
- What: International Mardi Gras Party at Hackett House
Where: 95 W. Fourth Street, Tempe (one block west of Mill Avenue)
Cost: $30 per person in advance, $25 for Tempe Sister Cities members. Reservations required. $35 per person at the door.
In 2014: Friday February 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It's a Bourbon Street experience in downtown Tempe. Louisiana-style Cuisine including Muffaletta, Gumbo and Hackett House Hurricanes. Live music. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded. Benefits Tempe Sister Cities.
- What: Mardi Gras Block Party
Where: Fat Tuesday Bar, 680 S Mill Ave, Tempe
In 2014: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Need a Costume for Mardi Gras?Try the Mardi Gras Costume Shop in Scottsdale.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.