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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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MARDI GRAS CELEBRATIONS IN THE QUEEN CITY February 9, 2013

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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!

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