Fat Saturday

Celebrating Mardi Gras is fun, but the annual debauchery in New Orleans (and resultant shame) can be a bit much. The key to toning things down is celebrating months in advance.

Clean the puke and blood stains out of your best Mardi Gras outfit and drive out to Salt River Tubing & Recreation for Mardi Gras Magic. The event will feature flamboyantly costumed river employees tossing free beads from the riverbanks while Cajun music blares in the background. Fifteen dollars will get you a tube rental and a seat on a comically over-decorated shuttle bus. Just be sure to bring cash -- river folk don’t take kindly to other forms of payment.

Sat., Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 2010
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