Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday — there are a lot of different names for tomorrow, February 9. The holiday marks the last day of revelry before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. While its roots may be firmly planted in Christianity, some say the holiday is even older, with ancient Romans celebrating a blowout party and then a spring fast thousands of years ago.
Whatever the origins, Fat Tuesday is celebrated around the globe with music, parades, dancing in the street, food, and drink. Though most people think of New Orleans' famous parades and celebrations, there are plenty of ways to get your party on in Miami. So grab some beads and a mask and drink, eat, and be merry.
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Mardi Gras at Wynwood Yard
New Orleans comes to Wynwood on Tuesday, February 9. From 7 to 11 p.m., snag some beads and listen to live music by Bad Apples Brass Band and Roosevelt Collier’s Big Funk Nasty Getdown with special guests from Spam Allstars, Suenalo, Aaron Lebos Reality, Juke, Electric Kif, and LeeBoys at the Wynwood Yard.
New Orleans Cocktails at Martini Bar at the Raleigh Hotel
New Orleans' cocktail culture comes to the Martini Bar at the Raleigh Hotel. Starting tonight, February 8, the retro bar will roll out a drinks menu highlighting the classic cocktails of the Big Easy. Some cocktails on the special menu include traditional drinks like the Hurricane, Vieux Carre. The sophisticated bar will even offer their own (slightly classier) version of the lethal Bourbon Street concoction, the Hand Grenade. The special cocktail menu is offered now through the end of February, and all drinks are $14 each.
Miami Gras at Concrete Beach Brewery
On Tuesday, February 9, from 5 to 11 p.m., celebrate Fat Tuesday at Concrete Beach with an authentic crawfish boil ($10), Mardi Gras beads and masks, and live music by Bad Apples Brass Band. If you haven't had a king cake and beer pairing, this is the time to do it with a special cake by La Boulangerie Boul'Mich. Admission is free.
The Fish House
The Fish House is hosting its annual Fat Tuesday extravaganza. On February 9, from 6 p.m. to 11:30, enjoy a party that spills out into the Fish House's parking lot. Thousands of crawfish, flown in from Louisiana for the event, will be sacrificed for the occasion ($15 per pound, two pounds for $25), and three live music stages, indoors and out, will offer live jazz, blues, and zydeco music. The party continues with an oyster roast, king cake, jambalaya, and more authentic dishes. Plenty of beads and fun are guaranteed throughout the night. Admission is free.
King Cake at Whole Foods Market
Be sure to pick up your king cake at Whole Foods Market ($15). The cake, named after the kings that visited Jesus, is traditionally eaten in the days leading up to lent. The purple, gold, and green cakes usually have a small plastic baby baked into the cake. Legend dictates that the person who gets the baby has to buy the next cake.
The Federal's Crawdaddy Wednesdays
Technically, the Federal's Crawdaddy Wednesdays arrives a day too late for Mardi Gras madness. But, if you're looking to continue the party, head over on Wednesday, February 10, for