12 Best Mardi Gras Parties in Phoenix
Masked maidens at Fat Tuesday's Mardi Gras party in 2014.
There's an old saying that dictates that everything should be taken in moderation, including moderation itself. In other words, its alright to let loose and live large every once in awhile. And you've got a perfectly justifiable excuse to do so on Tuesday, February 17.
If there isn't a calendar handy, that the date of this year's observation of Fat Tuesday, traditionally the last day of Mardi Gras and the chance to overindulge oneself on excess (whether its food, drink, or any sort of guilty pleasure imaginable) before cutting back or giving everything up for Lent.
But even if you aren't a practitioner of the Catholic faith, or even religious, the day is the chance to celebrate, drink, and/or dance, which you can do at any of these parties and events around the Metro Phoenix area on Tuesday, February 17, or the days and nights leading up to the holiday.
Mardi Gras celebrating at El Hefe in 2014.
You can also party like a boss (since "hefe" roughly translates to that in English) at the Tempe location of the "super macho taqueria," which will be celebrating along with its neighbor Fat Tuesday with DJs in the mix throughout the day and into the evening, loads of confetti, and plenty of members of the party-hard crowd going hard until last call. The revelry runs from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door.
Local jazz musicians will offer Dixieland sounds from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, while the Southern Rail staff serves king cakes and hands out beads during their first-ever Mardi Gras celebration. The spot's Sazerac will be available for $5 a glass every day from Sunday, February 15, until Fat Tuesday.
A unique sort of Mardi Gras celebration will transpire at ThirdSpace on Tuesday, February 17, to say the least. Local band The Hurricajuns will perform aboard pedicabs while leading a bike parade that starts at 6 p.m. and will find its way back to the space. Then, an evening of live Zydeco music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., food and drink specials, and bead-tossing. Admission is $5.
The Mardi Gras festivities at Hi Fi will coincide with its weekly Industry Night on Tuesday, February 17, and will feature DJ Dario and DJ David Anthony in the mix, as well as the bar's usual high-octane cocktails and adult milkshakes. No cover.
This combination pool joint and tavern will keep its patrons in the mood to celebrate on Tuesday, February 17, with $4 Jäger shots, $5 Jäger bombs, and $5.50 Casamigos tequila during its Mardi Gras party, which begins at 4 p.m. No cover.
Steve Aoki prepares to cake the crowd at Global Dance Festival in Tempe.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, the whole M.O. behind Fat Tuesday is gluttony. And at Bottled Blonde on Tuesday, February 17, that particular sin can score some tickets see Steve Aoki's upcoming performance in Scottsdale via Bottled Blonde's cake-eating contest. Patrons will get the chance to devour as much of a sheet cake (natch) as possible within 15-20 minutes and the person who scarfs up the most in that time frame will win. The night starts at 5 p.m. while the contest will begin at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
They tend to put on a large spread at this Cave Creek joint for Mardi Gras, and this year's celebration on Tuesday, February 17, promises to be just as big. It's certainly going to lively, as a number of activities are planned. Swing dance lessons start at 7 p.m., a crawfish-eating contest at 8 p.m., and live music and a $16.99 Mardi Gras buffet all evening. Prizes for the best mask, costume, and painted face, as well as the biggest collection of beads will also be awarded. The party starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
All of Gringo Star's games, including its Nintendo 64 consoles and various arcade classics, can be played for free during its Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, February 17. DJ Kalin Tyler will provide some beats and bleeps of his own during his DJ session. No cover.
Both the Chandler and Desert Ridge Marketplace locations of Sandbar will offer such food and drink specials as crawfish and shrimp tacos, jambalaya, $5 hurricanes, and $1 Jell-O shots from Friday, February 13, to Tuesday, February 17, in honor of Mardi Gras, as well as DJs and dancing on weekend nights. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Drinks, dancing, and debauchery will be afot during Wasted Grain's Fat Tuesday fete on February 17. DJ Steel and DJ R3D will tag-team the decks with hot hits and EDM tracks all evening. The party starts at 8 p.m. No cover.
To the surprise of no one, this Mill Avenue bar will offer what should be the biggest Mardi Gras party in the Valley on Tuesday, February 17. The festivities start at 11 a.m. and will run throughout the day (and probably long into the night) with live music with the Bad Cactus Brass Band from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., DJs dropping dance music from 7 p.m. until close, and New Orleans-style eats throughout the day. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door.
Editor's Note: This blog has been updated since its original publication with new events and info.
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