Mardi Gras is back in Charlotte! The Queen City is celebrating New Orleans style with parades, dining, dancing and beads. Lots and lots of shiny beads! Visit one of the restaurants and taverns in Charlotte and put on your dancing shoes!
The Big Easy festivities begin at the Epi Center in Uptown on Friday, February 8th, 7 p.m. -12 a.m. The Parade of Beads will be a part of the celebration, benefitting Beads for Needs Charity. Beads for Needs is a non-profit raising fund for underprivileged children, including Speedway Children’s Charities. The Epi Center will be filled with parade participants, bands and street performers while party goers can line up on the three levels, ready to catch those coveted beads. BlackFinn has partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis foundation by offering drink specials to those patrons making a $10.00 donation to the foundation!
The Charlotte Art League presents a New Orleans inspired Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouier Gallery exhibition celebrating Mardi Gras with a “good times” theme on February 1-22 and will have all presentations in the traditional purple, gold and green colors, music and excitement!
Dixie Land Express will have a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration on February 9th at e2, Emeril Lagasse eatery in Uptown. New Orleans jazz, beads and giveaways will be provided by Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company. New Orleans dinner specials will be served, in addition to the usual yummy fair.
Georges Brasserie in the Southpark area Piedmont Row will have an upscale Mardi Gras celebration on February 12th. Enjoy featured drinks, a specialized Mardi Gras menu (seafood gumbo and etouffee are favorites). Top off the night with melt in your mouth traditional beignets. A New Orleans jazz band, groove Masters will provide live music while you dine.
Noda’s Mardi Gras bar crawl is 6p.m.-12 a.m. February 16-17. Ten dollars gets you into the event and the five places taking part in the crawl. There will be drink specials at each location, a free bowl of gumbo at Boureaux’s, King Cakes courtesy of Sunflour Bakery, required free beads and a lot of giveaways.
Of course, New Orleans style food and bands are always available at the Queen City’s favorite: Cajun Queen! Located on East Seventh Street, Cajun Queen serves up Cajun and Creole delicacies year-round and their live jazz music will transport straight to the French Quarter.
Laissez les bons temps rouler Queen City! Let the good times roll through Charlotte with beads, balls, food and merriment!