Nine Must-See Mardi Gras Parties in Metro Phoenix
The organizers of the annual "Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras" celebration are hoping plenty of colorful and crazy characters will join in on the annual parade and party, which is why they're encouraging "merry-makers, revelers, family-friendly exhibitionists and hooligans of all sorts" to attend the event, which happens on Saturday, February 9, in and around CityScape's Patriot Park. The afternoon-long festival starts at 3 p.m., promising live entertainment from such acts as Dry River Yacht Club and Flamenco Por La Vida, food and drink vendors, a beer garden, and more.
A mile-long parade will then wind through the downtown streets beginning at 4 p.m. Musicians, mimes, and maybe even mermaids will make up the crowd going for a jaunt, which starts and ends at CityScape. Admission is free. A separate Mardi Gras bar crawl will also occur at 9 p.m., taking drinkers on a nighttime trolley tour to such establishments as Seamus McCaffrey's, Majerle's Sports Grill, and Tom's Tavern. Tickets are $15.
The always-entertaining local drag superstar Savannah will host an evening of carnivàle-esque carnal behavior and utter raucousness at this LGBT dance club on Tuesday, February 12. A themed showcase of female illusionists will take place, as well as a Mardi Gras costume contest for cash prizes. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there's no cover.
Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
A bounty of Big Easy adult beverages will be served up during Marc's annual "Mardi Gras Fest" on Tuesday, February 12. The resident mixologists will bust out with such specialties as The 007 (made from primo rum, orange juice, 7-Up, and a splash of pineapple) and Mardi Gras Punch all evening long while a variety of Cajun eats are whipped up in the kitchen, Joker Poker games take place at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and "hot girl" videos play on the HDTVs in the lounge area. Ladies can also score $2.50 you-call-its, domestic bottles, and pint drafts from 8 p.m. until midnight. Admission is free.
8501 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ