Where to attend a Mardi Gras party or celebration
Laissez les bons temps rouler at Runway Playa Vista’s first annual Mardi Gras celebration, complete with an eight-piece brass band; the Whole Foods beer garden pouring Abita and other brews; a parade with beads (naturally); a pop-up marketplace; food trucks slinging NOLA fare; giveaways and more.
Shake your stuff in celebration of Brazilian Carnival at this annual dance party. The festivities include dancers, musicians, flying acrobats and a live stream of the main celebration in Brazil. It all goes down at the Le Jardin, with samba reggae, axé and trio elétrico music, along with samba-enredo, marchinha and pagode.
It’s Mardi Gras weekend, but you’re having a seriously hard time deciding whether to toss some beads or to play toss with Fido. Do both at the original Farmers Market with their annual Mardi Gras celebration. The fun begins with the Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Costume Contest at the Market Plaza. Then the Mardi Gras Celebration kicks off on the West Patio with live music (which returns on Fat Tuesday as well). Seafood and gumbo ya ya, jumbalaya, Cajun meat loaf, blackened chicken, beignets, po'boys, and other traditional New Orleans food will be available throughout.
Mark the musical culture and heritage of New Orleans during this Mardi Gras party and parade at Amoeba. The record store features DJs as well as a parade with masks, beads, floats and musicians. You’re welcome to bring your horn or percussion to join the annual party procession to “When the Saints...”
Get into the Mardi Gras spirit with this festival at Long Beach’s Shoreline Village. Catch a crew of zydeco bands as well as face painting and balloon artists. Chow down on beignets at the Funnel House and Blue Carousel along with hurricanes, spiked Kool-Aid, jambalaya, gumbo and alligator legs at Louisiana Charlie’s. A parade kicks off on Saturday at 2pm.
Transport yourself to Brazil at this annual West Coast version of the famed weeklong South American celebration—although L.A. crams all the fun into a one-night party. Samba the night away while enjoying Brazilian food and drinks, an all-star band performing Carnaval hits, dancers, a parade and a hundred-piece participatory drum circle. Nearly 1,000 people turn out for the sensual and raucous blowout, many masked, sequined and feathered in true Mardi Gras fashion.
Looking for a Mardi Gras meal?
We’ve found a few restaurants and bars that make leaving the Big Easy a little, well, easier.