Let the good times roll in Vegas for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is basically a day where you get a free pass to eat and drink all you want. It’s traditionally the day for indulging and eating rich foods before fasting and giving up your favorite things for Lent.

In Vegas we know a thing or two about indulgence and on Mardi Gras on March 4 there are several places to celebrate with drink specials, parties and Cajun cuisine.

Head up to the Level 107 Lounge atop the Stratosphere March 4 and enjoy two-for-one hurricane drinks from 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Miss Joy and DJ Divina.

Mardi Gras partygoers can go to PBR Rock Bar & Grill to honor the legendary Bourbon Street party. The bar, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will offer carnival cocktails, priced at $5 each. Those enjoying the celebration can also snack on small plate selections including sweet chili shrimp, chipotle chicken sliders and fried pickles, priced at $7 each.

Rockhouse at the Venetian will throw a New Orleans-style party with a rock ‘n’ roll twist on March 4 with its second annual “Rock You Like a Hurricane” Mardi Gras celebration. Located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, the bar will be serving $5 hurricane cocktails, available all day, and plenty of beads to go around.

The Springs Preserve will host a celebration of Cajun and Creole cuisine, music and culture on March 1 from 4 – 8 p.m. The party will feature live music from local Dixieland jazz band Mardi Gras Mambo, food from local Southern eateries, a beer garden for the adults and activities including kids’ crafts, fortune tellers and palm readers. The event is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5 – 12 and free for kids under 5.

The Grand Events Center at Green Valley Ranch will be home to Party Gras – A Mardi Gras Celebration – Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and will include a live performance by Ashley Redd, DJ CO1 spinning throughout the night, free king cake, free beads and masks and drink specials like the Voodoo Moon Dance (made with rum, grenadine, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice).

Hurricane Punch

Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will honor Fat Tuesday with drink specials all day. Partygoers will enjoy the signature Hurricane Punch cocktail. The 21-ounce drink is made with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum and Red Rum and fresh tropical juices. This carnival drink is served in a hurricane glass, priced at $14.

Ghostbar at the Palms will host a Mardi Gras Masquerade on March 4 at 10 p.m. DJ Seany Mac will spin.

On Sunday, March 2 Park on Fremont will host a jazz brunch from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with bottomless mimosas and hurricanes for $20. The  jazz ensemble, Shapiro Project, will play tunes from 1 to 3 p.m.

Other spots to celebrate New Orleans-style

The Orleans Hotel is modeled after the most famous Mardi Gras party city so the hotel will surely be celebrating Fat Tuesday. On the hour from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mardi Gras girls will parade through the casino, handing out beads and T-shirts to guests, and stopping at the Party Pit for a photo opportunity after each parade ends. And earn 20 slot points (or buy-in for $20 in the Party Pit), and you’ll receive a free hurricane cocktail drink in a souvenir cup. For New Orleans-style dining, try the hotel’s Canal Street restaurant, which offers fresh seafood, prime rib and steaks.

Lola’s A Louisiana Kitchen located in downtown Las Vegas is the place to go if you want authentic Cajun food from Southern Louisiana. The menu is full of delicious offerings like crawpuppies, peel and eat shrimp, bronzed catfish and grits, red beans and rice, gumbo, jambalaya, po boys and more. For dessert, indulge in some sweet potato pecan pie.

The carnival-themed Rio hotel offers some New Orleans-style cuisine at  Voodoo Steak & Rooftop Nightclub. Head up to the hotel’s 50th floor and enjoy the view along with steak dishes with a Cajun kick, as well as Bayou seafood and frog legs. If you’re brave, try the Witch Doctor, a smoking dry ice cocktail.


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