Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the carnival-esque event made famous in New Orleans, but celebrated just as much here in LA. Taking place on the eve of Ash Wednesday, this year’s official Mardi Gras date is Feb. 12, when participants will indulge in the good life before the fasting of the Lent season. No need to hop a flight to NOLA – here are the best Mardi Gras celebrations in the City of Angels.
LA Farmer’s Market
6333 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Farmer’s Market will keep with tradition by hosting its annual Mardi Gras celebration. This family-friendly event is free, but be sure to bring some cash to taste authentic Cajun food. Participate in classic bead throwing and watch the parade, featuring live sounds of New Orleans. There will be face painting for the kids and great tasting beer for adults as well. The 25h Annual Mardi Gras Celebration will take place March 4th.
Mardi Gras Celebration at Cabo Cantina
8301 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
It’s officially Fat Tuesday which means it’s time to celebrate Mardi Gras. Cabo Cantina in West Hollywood will be featuring their own special Mardi Gras party with happy hour specials, beads, mega hurricane drinks and more. And, with no cover charge, this is sure to be a great time! Happy hour ends at 11pm but the beads and fun wont end until 2am when the bar closes.
Nola’s: A Taste of New Orleans
734 E 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Looking for a Mardi Gras celebration that you can fit in to your busy schedule at a time convenient for you? Nola’s is your place. The party lasts all year long at this authentic New Orleans-style Cajun restaurant. For an experience truly reminiscent of a night on Bourbon Street, step in to this gem, hidden in the Arts District. Whatever the date you choose to celebrate, Nola’s will be waiting for you with a mouth-watering menu of Southern delights, and live jazz music to feed your soul.
Nicole DiCicco enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Los Angeles has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.