March 5 is Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, a holiday revered in the city of New Orleans that coincides with the last day of Brazil's most popular holiday, Carnaval. South Florida celebrates both.
Mardi Gras is the brief period of feasting and, in some cases, partying to excess before devout Christians start
South Florida doesn't have a citywide celebration like in the Big Easy or Rio de Janeiro; however, there should be enough bar crawls, block parties, and other adults-only events to go around.
Check the date for each event. Parties start this weekend and carry on throughout next week.
American Social Brickell. If you can't make it to Bourbon Street, then American Social Brickell will bring it to you on Friday, March 1. Mardi Gras at American Social runs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. with beads, masks, $5 hurricanes, Abita Brewing Company Purple Haze, and $150 bottles of Tito's vodka. 690 SW First Ct., Miami; 305-223-7004; amsobar.com.
Concrete Beach Brewery. Wynwood's Concrete Beach Brewery will close down the block a week from Saturday in one big joint celebration of both Mardi Gras and Carnaval. It also happens to be the same day as the
The Deck Wynwood. On Saturday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., celebrate Mardi Gras at the Deck with drink specials on Hurricanes and more. RSVP through Eventbrite for a free Hurricane. 2250 NW Second Ave.,
El Patio Wynwood. El Patio is bringing a bit of New Orleans to Wynwood with a Mardi Gras-style bar crawl. Organized by Miami-based Keep Crawling Pub Crawls, the event price ranges from $30 for general admission, which includes a beer or a shot at each location, to $50 for VIP, which includes one liter of beer, a souvenir beer boot, and a beer or shot at each location. 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; elpatiowynwood.com.
Veza Sur Brewing Co. Veza Sur will host its second annual Carnaval block party with music, performances by Los
The Wynwood Yard. Organized by Wynwood Parties, Fat Tuesday's get-together at Wynwood Yard will have specialty cocktails, music, and DJs. The event is free. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-771-4810; thewynwoodyard.com.
Zoo Miami. Zoo Miami is letting the good times roll for Mardi Gras. This weekend, the zoo will host Sip and Stroll, an adults-only affair held at a certain section of the zoo. The event will include small bites and drinks, a karaoke band, Mardi Gras face painters, unlimited boat rides, and a DJ. Admission is $20. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; 305-251-0400; zoomiami.org.
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America's Backyard. For the third year, Damn Good Hospitality organizes Fort Mardi Gras, a New Orleans-style event that will feature a processional led by a brass band, live music from several bands, 1,000 pounds of crawfish, freshly shucked oysters, and Abita beer. The event is free. 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; myamericasbackyard.com.
The Balcony. This NOLA-themed restaurant offers Mardi Gras celebrations from March 5 to 10. Each day, specials include $3 Abita beers; $5 Hurricanes in a souvenir cup; $5 jambalaya, gumbo, and beignets; and $5 shrimp or oyster
Roxy's Pub. A Mardi Gras bar crawl will trace its way from Roxy's Pub to at least four other venues, with drinks at all stops. Admission is $15 and includes beads, five drinks, and admission to all venues. 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at 309 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-296-7699; roxyspub.com.