Nine Must-See Mardi Gras Parties in Metro Phoenix
|Fat Tuesday's Mardi Gras party from 2012.|
Mardi Gras is pretty much like Christmas at this aptly named daiquiri-dispensing Tempe joint inasmuch at it's the biggest event on the calendar for its staff and patrons. Every year, the back patios of Fat Tuesday and the adjacent Canteen Modern Tequila are fenced off and transformed into a miniature version of N'awlins' signature party attended by hundreds armed with colorful beads and masks. This year's edition on Tuesday, February 12, will be no exception and will feature live music from local bands, multiple DJs, contests for prizes, and a massive crawfish boil. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The notorious "lil bitty ol' pissant country place" and LGBT hangout on Camelback Road will offer a "Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball" on Tuesday, February 12, with Barbara Seville as the mistress of ceremonies. DJ Tsunami will also be serving high-energy dance tracks and circuit music from the mixers until last call. The ball begins 10:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Finger-snapping and hip-shaking fun awaits at the "Fat Tuesday Boogie Woogie" shindig inside Pranksters' Jester Room, which will star local musician Cajun Chuck. Meanwhile, bartenders will be pouring Hurricanes and other themed drinks during the party, which takes place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8. Admission is free.
Ra Sushi Bar
All five Valley locations of the sushi chain will each host it's own "Mardi Ra Party" on Tuesday, February 12, and will offer a variety of spicy dishes and special cocktails for the occasion, like $8 Southern Juleps and HurRAcanes. Each affair runs from 7 p.m. until closing time and there's no cover.
8501 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ