Mardi Gras is the annual celebration of beads, parades, costumes, and drinking in New Orleans. Though Mardi Gras is celebrated for weeks, the main party is Fat Tuesday. If you haven't already planned your New Orleans getaway, you're probably too late to celebrate there. Luckily, there are a bunch of restaurants and bars right here in South Florida that are celebrating Mardi Gras this Tuesday.
Lulu's Bait Shack in Beach Place is having its 12th-annual Mardi Gras celebration. The evening will feature beads, beer, and booze with live music and a "best beads" contest. The girl with the most/best beads wins a cruise for two to the Bahamas. 17 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach (Beach Place), Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-7425.
The Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl in Hollywood starts at 6 p.m. at Whisky Tango and ends at the Big Easy. Live music, beads, and a costume contest will make the evening festive. 1903 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 954-925-2555.
Mardi Gras Casino will have live Cajun entertainment with Marcel Anton's Zydeco Band. While you're there, have a bite at the French Quarter restaurant, and try your luck at the slots. 831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale
The French Quarter Bar & Grill in Pompano Beach is having a Fat Tuesday celebration with beads, Abita beer specials, and a jambalaya cookout. 2341 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach; 954-781-5222.
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Rosey Baby is having an old-fashioned Cajun crawfish boil. Five hundred pounds of mudbugs go into the pot for your eating pleasure. 4587 N. University Drive, Lauderhill; 954-749-5627.
Shuck N Dive Cajun Sports Cafe is having a Mardi Gras party, with drink specials, beads, Cajun entertainment, and authentic Cajun food. 650 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0088.