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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 performances at some of the best jazz clubs in the city, plus more funky shows. There also rich cuisine from Cajun restaurants, 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.

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When is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

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 in NYC events


Mardi Gras Bash

Ready to party Big Easy–style? The bumpin’ brass ensemble Hungry March Band, DJ Jonathan Toubin and pianist Gordon Webster tear this Brooklyn house down with traditional NOLA tunes. Make sure to snack on some gumbo to fuel your energy in order to boogie hard on the dance floor. 

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Until Tue Feb 28

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers

New Orleans native Kermit Ruffin’s plays eights shows at Blue Note jazz club during Mardi Gras weekend, so you have no excuse but to check out the trumpet-master and his foot-tappin’ crew.

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Until Sun Feb 26

Mardi Gras: Brass, Sass and Ass at House of Yes

Masquerade masks and gobs of purple, green and gold glitter are encouraged at this Bourbon Street–inspired rager dubbed Brass, Sass & Ass. The fete involves a colorful parade, death-defying Lady Circus performers and plenty of carnival bedazzlement. We dare you to see how many beads you can collect (or earn) while the funky Idle Hands Brass Band performs.

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Until Wed Mar 1

Bierhaus NYC Mardi Gras

Glug numerous brews, gorge on doughy pretzels, get your hands on some beads and revel in the gluttony during a special Fat Tuesday celebration inside this German Hall. Enjoy listening to some live music and, if you’re up for it, sign up for trivia at 6:30pm.

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Until Tue Feb 28

The Cannibal’s Fat Tuesday Feast

It’s called Fat Tuesday for a reason, folks. Prepare to gorge as chef Francis Derby and an assembly of masterful chefs cook a smorgasbord that’s gluttony-approved. Stuff your gullet with an unlimited Mangalitsa pig feast paired with sinful sides, and wash it down with thematic cocktails like Hurricanes and Zombies. The munching starts at 3pm, and there’s a jazz band and a live feed of the Mardi Gras parade to keep you entertained between bites. 

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28 Feb 2017

Tulane NYC Mardi Gras Party

The Mardi Gras festivities can’t stop and won’t stop thanks to some folks from N’awlins itching to celebrate all over again in the Big Apple. Tulane, a New Orleans university, hosts this traditional bash with a performance by NOLA native and percussionist Derrick Freeman. He and his soul brass band play a lively set that will make you shake your tail feathers.

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Until Thu Mar 2

Mardi Gras Party with Tubby!

Bar LunÀtico is like Mardi Gras every day. (You can often catch great jazz performances at the Brooklyn watering hole.) At this special affair, which includes creole and music from old-school New Orleans R&B band Tubby on the bandstand, it's like you've stepped directly into the The Big Easy.

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Until Tue Feb 28

Mardi Gras Madness Crawfish Boil

The Hall at MP hosts this traditional New Orleans affair with a sick lineup of jazz and R&B performances all month-long. Make sure to check out Milo Z and the Funk Band on Fat Tuesday at 7pm. Before the show grab a crawfish platter served with corn and potatoes ($35). There’s also an amazing happy hour with half-off NOLA beers and craft cocktails from 6 to 7pm.

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28 Feb 2017

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