Miami Mardi Gras and Carnavale: Six Places For Beads, Drink, and Partying

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Ash Wednesday is February 22 this year. The first day of Lent in the 46 days preceding Easter in the Christian religion, it's the start of fasting, sacrifice, and prayer for the faithful worldwide. So what do certain areas of the world that love a good party (but are also widely Christian) do? They throw decadent festivals in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent.

Whether you're into Cajun music, and girls trading a peep show for beads or Samba music, there's a place to party in Miami.

Mardi Gras
When you think Mardi Gras, you think giant

floats filled with Krewes throwing beads down Bourbon street in New

Orleans. Costumed revelers dance in the streets and catch beads while

giant vats of mud puppies boil, as a band plays zydeco music.

Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is having an early Mardi Gras party this Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m. Drink Hurricanes and nosh on traditional New Orleans fare like Andoille sausage ($19), mufalatas ($18), BBQ shrimp ($20), and oysters ($24 for a half dozen).

Fat Tuesday

is the home of frozen blender drinks mixed with grain alcohol, slurped

with a straw until first brain freeze, then a drunken stupor sets in.

Pretty much every night is Mardi Gras here, come to think of it, but on

Tuesday, February 21 plan to drink to live DJs and wear plenty of beads

around your neck.  Both the Cocowalk location in Coconut Grove and the

South Beach location on Ocean Drive will be jamming with girls

displaying their wares for beads.

The Alibi celebrates Fat

Tuesday with an authentic crawfish boil, $5 Hurricanes, authentic New

Orleans jazz, poboys, beads, and king cake! Remember, whoever gets the

baby in the king cake has to pick up the tab next year! The fun starts at 5 p.m., Tuesday, February 21.

Hogzilla's Inspired Barbeque is

channeling the Big Easy on Tuesday, February 21, when Fat Tuesday comes

to this South Beach barbeque spot. Get your party on with plenty of

music, crawfish eating challenges, hot sauce contests, and a chance to

win a $100 bar tab. Ladies drink free from 9 to 11 p.m. and plenty of

beads will be tossed in the air.

The Fish House
in Kendall

is hosting their annual Mardi Gras blowout celebration. Starting at 4

p.m.on Tuesday, February 21, watch thousands of crawfish straight from the Gulf get boiled

alive. Suck their little brains out while enjoying live music by The

Fish House All-Stars, starting at 6 p.m. Plenty of drink specials and

beads make this a party.

Carnavale in

Rio is called the world's biggest party. Tens of thousands of people

from all over the world take to the streets awash in a sea of color,

music, and beats. Some of the most beautiful people in the world samba

until dawn in celebration.

Sushi Samba Dromo is turning Lincoln

Road into Brazil on Tuesday, February 21, as samba dancers, drummers,

and dj's keep everyone on their toes. Sip a Carnavale cocktail, a mix

of Leblon cachaca, Domanine de Canton, fresh kiwi, and Champagne ($12),

while you watch a live feed of the original celebration in Rio de

Janeiro. A special Carnavale menu includes king crab palmito salad

($20), Copacabana crispy red snapper ($35), Carnavale rolls of tuna,

salmon, shrimp, yellow chimichurri, and Brazil nut ($15), and banana

splits ($14).

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