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The Mardi Gras in NYC guide

Are you ready for Fat Tuesday? Celebrate Mardi Gras NYC-style and Big Easy–style, with our pick of fun events.

Photograph: Thomas Donley

 Every year, New York's usual anxiety and chaotic charm turns laissez-faire via the Crescent City for Mardi Gras. NYC’s Fat Tuesday is a typically rambunctious affair, featuring jazz music performances, funky shows, rich Cajun cuisine, king cake and some of the best parties in New York. So, for your celebratory pleasure, here's our roundup of the city's best Big Easy events.

When is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras (french for "Fat Tuesday") is a Carnival celebration that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday. People celebrate and feast before the Lenten season begins.

Mardi Gras NYC events

A Mardi Gras Bash

Get down and party New Orleans-style with the Hungry March Band, Jonathan Toubin and Baby Soda. Hosted by "The Magician" MC Tanya Solomon, you'll feel like you're in the Big Easy without leaving the Big Apple.

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The Bell House , Gowanus Tuesday February 9 2016

Mardi Gras at Duane Park

Duane Park is like Mardi Gras every day, and with this special affair (which includes a three-course meal especially for the occasion), it's like you've stepped directly into the magical city of New Orleans. See performances by Ripley's Believe It or Not magician Albert Cadabra and burlesque by Amber Bray. You can also eat cuisine inspired by the French Quarter including cheese grits and chicken gumbo.

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Duane Park , Downtown Tuesday February 9 2016