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Mardi Gras in New York

Are you ready for Fat Tuesday? Celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC, 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 Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras in NYC 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.

Mardi Gras Events

Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball

Just like Bourbon Street except for the beads and bewbs (we think), the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball brings a slice of the Big Easy to NYC. You'll get your fill of bawdy brass and greasy funk, headlined by awesomely funksome outfit Bonerama, with trombonist and vocalist Glen David Andrews, and beats by DJ Cochon De Lait.

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Gramercy Theatre Feb 13, 2015

Mo' Beat Presents: Mardi Gras Weekend with Stooges Brass Band

This native New Orleans band, known for mixing jazz and hip-hop in its Deep South flow, brings the Mardi Gras spirit to Brooklyn Bowl. The Stooges Brass Band have worked with the likes of Mos Def and Talib Kweli and have tour internationally at festivals including Edinburgh Jazz Festival and the Great American Brass Band Festival.

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Brooklyn Bowl Feb 13, 2015

Mardi Gras at Paulaner

The Bavarian beer hall is tapping its latest brew, a Dunkelweizen with chocolate and tropical fruit flavors, and serving traditional German Krapfen doughnuts showered in powdered sugar at its bead-throwing Fat Tuesday celebration.

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Paulaner Sat Feb 14 - Sun Feb 15

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

Chow down on New Orleans–style grub (crawfish, shrimp oysters) and French-inspired throwback cocktails (Vieux Carré, French 75), absinthe milkshakes and wine at this black-tie party with live jazz performances.

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The Lion Sun Feb 15 - Mon Feb 16

The Salon: Mardi Gras

Vintage party throwers par extraordinaire the Salon set up shop at the DL on the Lower East Side, with live music courtesy of Dandy Wellington & His Band, Grand Street Stompers and headliners Gordon Webster Band. Top burlesque performers like Medianoche, Mr. Gorgeous, Lily Faye and Miss Ekaterina contribute their charms to the party, and you can even take free swing lessons from Tony Fraser and Jaime Shannon. You can just watch the show or add a dinner package.

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The DL Feb 17, 2015

NYC Mardi Gras

Critics' pick

Cook Out NYC brings you the gumbo, beer, burlesque and live music New Orleans–style for its Mardi Gras celebration. Enjoy local outfit Mona’s Hot Four Ragtime Band and 10-plus different spirits selected by Modern Distillery Age. Go to cookoutnyc.com for performers, to be announced at a later date.

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Irondale Center Feb 17, 2015

Mardi Gras at Duane Park

Duane Park is like Mardi Gras every day, and with this special affair (which includes a three-course meal specially 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 Ray. You can also eat cuisine inspired by the French Quarter including cheese grits and chicken gumbo.

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Duane Park Feb 17, 2015

Mardi Gras at Lulu's Dove House

Set in Jazz Age NOLA, this themed dinner party at Sons of Essex's speakeasy includes a four-course meal of Cajun crab cakes, shrimp-and–andouille-sausage stew and Bananas Fosters sundaes, plus wine pairings. Following dinner, guests can partake in a full-fledged bash featuring burlesque dancers, Cirque du Soleil performers and jazz bands.

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Sons of Essex Tue Feb 17 - Wed Feb 18