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10 Best Mardi Gras 2017 Parties in Phoenix

Two patrons of Fat Tuesday in Tempe during Mardi  Gras 2015.
Two patrons of Fat Tuesday in Tempe during Mardi Gras 2015. Benjamin Leatherman
Everything should be taken in moderation, as the old saying goes, including moderation itself. In other words, it’s totally cool if you’d like to let loose and live large every once in awhile. And you've got a perfectly justifiable excuse to do so on Tuesday, February 28.

In case you weren’t already aware, that particular day is when Fat Tuesday, traditionally the final day of Mardi Gras, takes place this year.

And as you’d expect, it's a chance to overindulge on anything and everything – be it food, drink, or pretty much 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, for that matter), the day is the chance to celebrate, drink, dance, and debauch, which you can easily do at any of these parties and events around the Valley taking place on Tuesday.

Never attended one of ThirdSpace’s annual Mardi Gras events? You’re missing out, considering it's major fun. Each year, a local zydeco band performs in the back of a pedicab while leading a merry bike parade that departs from the bar, winds through downtown Phoenix and winds up back at ThirdSpace for a celebration featuring beads, booze, and New Orleans-inspired eats. The ride kicks off at 6 p.m. and the party goes until 10 p.m. There’s a $5 cover.

El Hefe
If it's a major holiday, you can bet that the El Hefes in Scottsdale and Tempe will have parties going. Mardi Gras is no exception, as both spots will have "Beads & Beer-Garitas" celebrations on Tuesday with $2 Tacos, $3 Dos Equis drafts, DJs dropping beats, and a variety of party favors. The Tempe location opens at 11 a.m. and will have $9 Beer-Garitas while Scottsdale gets going at 4 p.m. and will have a few shot specials and the chance to score tickets to the upcoming Future/Migos concert. Both parties are free.

DJ Dario will serve up hot spins during Q-Lounge's massive Mardi Gras party. A bevvy of beads will be given away to those in attendance, as well $1,000 in cash and prizes. Drink specials include $4 Long Islands and AMFs, $3 fire shots, and $150 bottles of Ciroc and Don Julio. The party starts at 8 p.m. Call 602-995-5985 for table reservations and more info.

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