Six Mardi Gras Events in Boston


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With two feet of snow on the ground, we are clearly nowhere near New Orleans. Nevertheless, today is Mardi Gras, and it’s time to “let the good times roll,” or as they say in French, laissez les bons temps rouler. So party-goers, prepare to don those vibrant masks and beaded necklaces and, of course, feast like fatties at these upcoming Fat Tuesday events in Boston:

Le Mardi Gras

Perhaps the closest you’ll get to Carnival New Orleans in Boston is if you check out this fifth annual Mardi Gras Beehive celebration with live music by Danny Heath and Wali Ali, a delicious Cajun-inspired menu, and Beehive’s famous specialty drinks. Chef Rebecca Newell will whip up some NOLA-style meals like crispy pork roast with creole dirty rice and pickled okra, and green gumbo with gulf shrimp, collard greens, spinach and turnip greens, among others. After dinner, take advantage of the dance floor calling your name.

Tuesday, February 12, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., no cover charge, The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston, (617) 423-0069,

Copley Square Mardi Gras

If you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks for a great cause, check out the Copley Square celebration, which will have live music, a dinner buffet, and prizes, and will bring New Orleans’s French Quarter to the Back Bay. Guests are welcome to wear festive Mardi Gras outfits, and proceeds will benefit The Friends of Copley Square, an organization that assists the City of Boston in the preservation of Copley Square.

Rescheduled to Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m., tickets $150 or $350 for two tickets and a one-night hotel stay, Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Ave, Boston, (617) 267-7668,

Story Time at Curious George

Mardi Gras festivities are not often kid-friendly. Join in on one of two hour-long celebrations for the whole family at Curious George with story time and craft-making. Kids can make their own masks, beads, and other fun themed accessories. Perfect for children ages 2-6.

Tuesday, February 12, 10:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., free, The World’s Only Curious George Store, 1 JFK St., Cambridge, MA, (617) 547-4504,

Darryl’s Corner Bar Celebration

Wear your best Fat Tuesday costumes to Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen for a chance to win a $100 restaurant gift card or a Sunday Jazz Buffet Brunch for four. The event will feature Henri Smith’s New Orleans Friends & Flavours, with a menu and cocktails specialized for the wild holiday. As Darryl’s puts it, “All you saints (and sinners) will have a big fat time.” Sounds like reason enough, right?

Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m., Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave., Boston, (617) 536-1100,

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Sunday was the Chinese New Year, and today is Fat Tuesday. We have two reasons to hold a giant celebration (even if you already partied it up in Chinatown or elsewhere this weekend), and the Regattabar at the Charles Hotel recognizes this. The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, described as a “funk & street beat improvisational brass band,” will play a special show in honor of Mardi Gras and the Year of the Snake. Mixing Cajun and Chinese traditions, the concert will surely prove to be a crazy fun time, if not interesting at the very least.

Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m., tickets $20, Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett St., Cambridge, (617) 661-5000,

Fat Tuesday at Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ and Blues

Smoken’ Joe’s will also be doing its part in bringing New Orleans to Boston today. Enjoy a Mardi Gras-themed party with live performers Eddie Scheer’s Tuesday Night All-Stars with Joe Bargar, Myanna, Bobby Gus, Mark Paquin, and Randy Bramwell. And of course, there will be one-of-a-kind menu items, several of which one might stumble upon down south. Think: crawfish on crawfish on crawfish, Cajun grilled shrimp, and more.

Tuesday, February 12, 8 p.m., no cover, 351 Washington St., Brighton, (617) 254-5227,