Nine Greasy, Gravy-Filled Thanksgiving Parties in Phoenix

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Ryan Wolf
Some of the messy madness from last year's Thanksgiving Eve Gravy Wrestling at Hurricane Bay.
The average Thanksgiving dinner typically lasts around 90 minutes or so (give or take a few hours for the usual family psychodrama), which leaves you more than 90 hours worth of time to fill over the holiday weekend.

How are you gonna spend it? Watching maudlin movies, football, or holiday specials? Eff that. Instead, why not waste away the four-day weekend witnessing girls grappling around in a pool of gravy, taking your bike for a spin, and dancing until dawn at any of the following Thanksgiving parties and events.

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Thanksgiving Throwdown @ Tempe Beach Park:

Considering how much vittles you'll be stuffing down the pie hole over the next few days, it might be wise to exercise first in order to counteract the caloric overload. The folks at State Bicycle Co. are putting on this event on Wednesday evening, which will include a "messenger style alleycat ride," prizes for the winners, and giveaways. The fee is $7 (with a $2 discount for those who bring a canned food item) and registration is at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more details.

2. Thanksgiving Eve Party @ Magnum's:
Stogies and sharoots will be in abundance at this chic smoking lounge's event on Wednesday. Cigar-rolling demonstrations will be held, hors d'oeuvres will be served, and beer tastings will be available. Local musicians will also perform. Admission is free and the event starts at 6 p.m. Call 602-493-8977.

3. Gravy Wrestling Thanksgiving Eve Bash @ Hurricane Bay:
Take an inflatable kiddie pool and fill it with mashed potatoes, gravy, and various pairs of scantilly-clad women. What's he result? An evening of messy mayhem, which is the best way to describe this annual Thanksgiving tradition that takes place on the Wednesday before turkey at at this Bell Road nightclub. Cash prizes of $750 will be awarded to the winning ladies and specials will also be served, including 25-cent drinks until 11 p.m. and $1 Dos Equis. Doors open at 7 p.m.

4. Dancegiving @ Wild Knight:
Be sure to dress to impress if you hope to get into this swank soiree on Wednesday night at the exclusive Saddlebag Trail establishment. As its name portends, the party is all about shaking a tailfeather to dance jams laid down by the duo of Thomas Turner and Timothy Heit, as well as special guests. Special cocktails will be available at either of Wild Knights two bars. Admission is $12 and doors open at 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

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