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How To Celebrate Mardi Gras 2018 In Boulder

Mardi GrasWhether you call it Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, the celebration of the last day of Carnival is marked by revelry and delicious food…the final feast before 40 days of Lent. This year, it falls on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, but some festivities are set to take place earlier in the month. Here, we’ve rounded up six of the best ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Boulder, Colorado.

KGNU and CFCZ’s Annual Mardi Gras Dance Benefit at the Avalon Ballroom

On Saturday, February 3, dress up in your most outrageous costume, grab your favorite dance partner, and prepare to move those fancy feet at Boulder’s Avalon Ballroom. Kick off the night with a zydeco dance lesson before live musicians take the stage, then visit Voodoo Alley to have your fortune told. Cajun food, drinks, and of course King Cake will be served, provided by Oskar Blues. All proceeds benefit KGNU Community Radio and the Colorado Friends of Cajun-Zydeco Music and Dance.

Mario Mardi Gras Party at French Quarter Brasserie

French Quarter Brasserie is a new restaurant on Pearl Street, featuring a Cajun-style menu of po’ boys, jambalaya, oysters, crawfish étouffée, and more. On Saturday, February 10, they’ll be hosting a Mardi Gras party starting at 8pm.

Mardi Gras at Jax Fish House

The Fat Tuesday crawfish boil at Jax Fish House is a Boulder tradition, and this year’s promises to be as exciting as ever. Join them anytime on Mardi Gras for some delectable fresh crawfish stew and specialty drinks, but don’t delay, because supplies are limited. Reservations are highly encouraged.

Fat Tuesday Celebration at the Rayback Collective

Boulder’s favorite community gathering place, the Rayback Collective invites you to a day of food and fun on February 13. Featuring Cajun/Creole food trucks, seasonal brews, raffles, King Cake, and more, this family-friendly Mardi Gras party is a delightful way to spend a Tuesday evening.

Mardi Gras Party at the Dark Horse

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some good old-fashioned burgers and beers at the World Famous Dark Horse. Stick around for a soulful performance by Defunkt Railroad, starting at 9pm.

Brunch at Lucile’s Creole Cafe

If you’re looking for an authentic New Orleans experience this Mardi Gras, head to Lucile’s for some chicory coffee and beignets. Boulder’s most beloved Creole restaurant is often packed, even on non-holidays, so be sure to get there early or call ahead to secure your spot. 

Ready to indulge in some decadent fare or dance the night away? Find yourself some colorful beads and celebrate this glamorous 300-year-old French-American tradition, Boulder-style.

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