10 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday

Hope your livers are feeling well rested, as one of the bigger drinking holidays of the year is less than 24 hours away.

We're in the midst of Mardi Gras season, which means folks have been partying pretty hardy and partaking in sinful pleasures over the past week at masquerades, parades, and other such soirees in cities from Rome to Rio de Janeiro, as well as the holiday's epicenter in New Orleans.

It's all building up to the climax of tomorrow's celebration of Fat Tuesday, which is when the biggest fetes and largest displays of alcoholic excess will transpire, including many fun-filled fiestas here in the Valley.

Here's our list of ten such celebrations, many of which feature a flurry of beads, babes, booze, and Cajun culture.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.