Break out the beads, beer, fun and enjoy Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday right here in Denver. Serving up some Southern style revelry, the age-old Mardi Gras traditions, food, and celebrating can be found throughout Denver.
Kevin Larson Presents Mardi Gras 2012
Date: Feb 18, 2012
Price: $35 to $59
Throwing one of the biggest parties in the Denver Tech Center, this year’s theme is “Let the Good Times Roll” with Bourbon Street coming to Denver courtesy of Kevin Larson Presents. From hurricanes to beaded masks and balconies like Bourbon Street itself, the raucous party is host to 3,000 costumed revelers. Party-goers are encouraged to go in costume with the best male and female participants crowed as Mardi Gras King and Queen.
Hours: Mon to Wed – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thur to Sat – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Denver’s most authentic Southern Cooking establishment is gearing up for Mardi Gras. Celebrating the entire weekend with free beads and face painting as well as spectacular food specials, which include crawfish, purple hooter shot specials, and the traditional Hurricane cocktail. Bayou Bob’s celebrates Friday, Saturday and Sunday and continues the Mardi Gras festivities on Fat Tuesday. An excellent way to get into the spirit of Mardi Gras, Bayou Bob’s is centrally located and offers spectacularly authentic southern fare.
Date: Feb 21, 2012
Time: 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Not your typical Mardi Gras party, for an uproarious good time, Drag Queen Bingo is leaving patrons in stitches this Fat Tuesday. Join Jackie Summers for a hilarious time during a light-hearted game of bingo with food and drink specials at one of Denver’s beloved venues. From campy diner-like décor to streaming music videos and a quick wit of Ms. Summers, Hamburger Mary’s is a great way to spend the evening in Uptown.
Hours: Tues, Fri to Sat – 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Part of the Lotus Clubs Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, Suite 200 is heating up Mardi Gras with the annual GO GO Dancer Competition. The second floor dance club is the place to be on Larimer Square, be sure to bring your beads or earn some of your own while dancing the night away. Check out Oak Tavern and Chloe which are also on the crawl for a Mardi Gras celebration at three venues in LoDo.
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Date: Feb 21, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
The 16th Street has never been more alive with Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret’s Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party with Bella Diva Dancers. The legendary cabaret known for its boisterous burlesque entertainment and show-stopping performances by Lannie Garrett is celebrating the season with Bella Diva Dance as Denver’s best Carnival show. Shaking feathers, bountiful beads and gobs of glitter will leave carnival-goers wishing for an eternal night of fun and high spirits in one of Denver’s favorite venues while enjoying sensual dancers in this historic Clocktower.
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Hurricanes are a lot stronger than you might imagine- the classic recipe calling for gin, vodka, rum, amaretto, triple sec, pineapple and grapefruit juice. While a favorite in Louisiana, keep in mind at a Mile High they might be even more potent.
Green, gold, and purple are the traditional Mardi Gras colors. Masks, beads, and full-blown costumes add to the experience. Just keep the bead-giving PG rated while in public spaces.
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