Colorful Mardi Gras beads (credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)(credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The Mile High City may be a long way from the Bayou State but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras in style right here. There are lots of fun spots popping up all over the Denver area with parties, dinners, specials and more for the holiday. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner out with someone special or hoping to bring the spirit and energy of Mardi Gras to Denver, here are five fun ways to ring in the holiday at home. Start early, make plans ahead of time and call for reservations so you aren’t left out of the festivities.
Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday With Bella Diva Dance
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-0075
www.lannies.com

Feb. 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Price: Tickets are $16

Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret is always a happening place to go to celebrate any special occasion, but this exciting event on Feb. 9 is sure to be a great way to enjoy Mardi Gras with someone special. You’ll be mesmerized by all the feathers, glitz and glamor as the Bella Diva Dance troupe brings the rhythms of Carnival to you. The evening includes music from the Brazilian band Ginga with live Samba and batucada. Come dressed in your best Mardi Gras mask and costume to really celebrate the occasion. It’s one of the most fun nights of the year, so celebrate it the right way at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.

Bayou Bob’s
1635 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 573-6828
www.bayoubobs.com

Feb. 5 – 9

One of the best places to get Creole, Cajun and southern food in Colorado is planning plenty of fun for Mardi Gras weekend. The entire weekend long, stop by Bayou Bob’s restaurant for lots of specials, plenty of beads, face painting and more. There will be lots of house specials on different cocktails plus Friday, Feb. 5 includes live music from Tony Trahan and The Blue Krewe starting at 5:30 p.m. Kick off your weekend with the perfect Cajun dinner at Bayou Bob’s and you may even bring home some beads.

Related: Top Cajun Food In Denver

The Ball for All – Magical Mardi Gras
1770 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203
www.denverchamber.org

Feb. 6, 2016
Price: Tickets range from $150 to $280

This semi-formal event is an elegant way to celebrate Mardi Gras while also helping out a good cause. The Center for Legal Inclusiveness is bringing the second annual The Ball for All to the Sherman Street Event Center with the theme of “Magical Mardi Gras.” The event will include all the culture, history and entertainment that Mardi Gras is known for, as well as fabulous Cajun food stations, Bourbon Street cocktails and so much more. In addition, the event celebrates the work being done in the community to raise awareness of diversity and creating cultures of inclusion. There will be awards given during the evening as well as a special Lifetime Achievement Award to the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel, Senior U.S. District Court Judge.

Dinner at NOLA
2231 E. Bruce Randolph Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 389-9544
www.noladenver.com

No matter what you plan for the Mardi Gras holiday, make sure to grab dinner at NOLA at least once during the festivities. NOLA is one of the newer spots in town, but you’ll find tons of Louisiana favorites, all ready to kick off your celebratory weekend. Try Vivian’s Gumbo or Emma’s Crawfish Etouffee to really get in the Louisiana spirit. You can also dine on classics like red beans and rice with Andouille sausage or broiled catfish, or even a New Orleans style Po-Boy sandwich. There is plenty of truly authentic food to try here, so make a reservation and get in the Mardi Gras mood.

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Denver Mardi Gras
2000 S. Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 507-1376
www.denvermardigras.com

Feb. 12, 2016

The party team at Kevin Larson Presents is back at it with a huge festival planned to celebrate Mardi Gras. You’ll enjoy live music with multiple rooms for dancing, stilt walkers, tarot card readings, dancers, face painting and so much more at this huge annual shindig. Really get into the spirit and come in your best Mardi Gras costume with gold, purple and green as the suggested colors for the evening. Tickets for the event start at just $10, but you can get VIP seating, dinner and bottle service for an additional cost.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.