Nine Must-See Mardi Gras Parties in Metro Phoenix

The Cajuns have a particular phrase to describe having a memorable time and it goes something like, "Laissez les bons temps rouler." While our French Creole is a tad bit rusty, the saying roughly translates to "Let the good times roll," whic is what plenty of people around the Valley will be doing over the next few days in honor or both Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday.

Mardi parties will take place starting tonight and running through Fat Tuesday next week, and we've got a rundown of nine places where you can score some beads (either by flashing some naughty parts or otherwise) and have a Hurricane or three. See also: - Mardi Gras 2012 on Mill Avenue (Slideshow) - Get Ready for Mardi Gras with the Perfect Sazerac - 6 More Spots to Score Mardi Gras King Cake in Greater Phoenix

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