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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES MARDI GRAS February 21, 2014

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Charlotte is celebrating Mardi Gras in true Nawlins style! The Queen City will be bursting with King Cake Babies, bead throwing and masquerade for a Fat Tuesday jubilation!

NoDa, Charlotte’s favorite art district, will be filled with Carnival fun at the 2nd Annual NoDa Gras Mardi Gras Bar Crawl. Admission includes complimentary beads, great specials at each stop, Cajun cuisine. Musicians will lead the way in a mini parade as you taste and drink at designated locations. The fun begins at 7:00 on February 28th.

Mardi Gras masks are a mysterious and beautiful part of Mardi Gras! Un BAL Masqué will be held at the Eighth Annual Mardi Gras Gala. This elaborate ball will benefit the Lupus foundation of America. Swing to live music, partake in a silent auction and enjoy having your fortune told! A masquerade contest and a coronation of the Gala King and Queen will top off the evening! The Masquerade Ball will be held on March 8, 7:00pm-12:00am at Center Stage, 2315 N. Davidson Street.

Charlotte Mardi Gras Parade of Beads Celebration will be on Fat Tuesday beginning at 6:00 pm! The Epicentre will have you partying in the French Quarter without ever leaving the fun of Uptown Charlotte! Special Creole menus will make your taste buds dance while your feet tap to New Orleans Zydeco favorites! A six-foot King Cake will welcome party goers at Libretto’s patio as they join the parade lead by several marching bands!

Everyone’s favorite Cajun King chef, Emeril Lagasse, will offer his specialty New Orleans-inspired American cuisine at e2 emeril’s eatery in Uptown Charlotte. Charlotteans will no doubt enjoy the festive Mardi Gras menu offered February 27-March 4. A live, horn-heavy band, and free parade beads will add to the festive atmosphere as diners choose from a specialties including crawfish etoufee, fried oysters and, of course, King Cake!

 The Cajun Queen at 1800 East 7th Street is a Queen City New Orleans style favorite! Authentic New Orleans cuisine, the spicy crawfish etouffee and seafood gumbo is only enhanced by the live jazz music from some of Charlotte’s best musicians! Delicious food, fun and music IS Mardi Gras at its best!

The Queen City celebrates Carnival in true Nawlins decadence and Southern style! Join in the parades, dancing and Cajun cuisine for a fabulous Mardi Gras!

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THE QUEEN CITY CELEBRATES LOVE February 5, 2014

Valentine-RosesValentine’s Day in Charlotte is a delectable experience for all beloveds! Whether you want the traditional romance of a fine restaurant or a fun filled evening of laughter and charm, Charlotte is alive with romance!

Traditional romantics will find a plethora of restaurants sure to sweep all loved ones off their feet!  The Royal Plateau is perfect for sharing with a loved one at George’s Brasserie; or, if you prefer the decadence of a perfect steak, Flemings Steakhouse offers a luxurious atmosphere perfect for gazing into your partner’s eyes while you enjoy a Porcini Rubbed Filet Mignon and maybe buttery Truffled Poached Lobster! Nothing says, “I love you” more than the rich, sumptuous Italian food! Villa Antonio offers an enchanting atmosphere with an Osso Bucco that will make your taste buds dance!

If a full course dinner with your sweetie is a little too rich, Charlotte offers lighter fares with fun! Desserts First Valentines Day Celebration is 6-8pm at Cajun Canvas. There is a dessert buffet available, you can bring your own beverage and tap your inner artist, painting while you indulge!

Chocolate Adventure is Collaborative Ventures signature chocolate and wine pairing event! Chef Altonnia Wilkins will prepare desserts sure to make your taste buds sing, especially when paired with perfectly selected wines! Live music and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be a Valentine’s evening to remember!

The Melting Pot is a wonderfully fun fondue experience! Start with a fun gooey cheese fondue and top off the evening with melted chocolate! Interactive, delicious and casual romance!

Charlottean lovers can take advantage of North Carolina’s unique wineries at An Affair to Remember, Charlotte Valentines Wine Tour on February 15, 11:00am-5:00pm! The tour begins at Vivace’ at the Metropolitan and then continues with a romantic adventure of winetasting at Rocky River Vineyards, Cougar Run Winery and Daveste Vineyards. Round-trip group transportation is provided!

Athletic, adventure-seeking sweeties will enjoy Zip line &Dine at the U.S. Whitewater Center! Five zip lines; two roped bridges and a specially prepared dinner by Chef Joe Marx will be an adrenaline pumping Valentines!

Open Mic Night at the Mcglohon Theater in Spirit Square might just be the romantic gesture needed to make your partner swoon! The fun begins at 7:30 on February 14th.

The Queen City is a sweetheart’s paradise! Wine, dine, paint, sing, dance or zip into the heart of your Valentine!

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