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Maybe the winter blues have got you down, or maybe you’re upset that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t saw his shadow. Maybe you’re wondering why we listen to a rodent for the weather and why we’ve made it a holiday.
Well now you can chase those winter blues and societal ponderings away with a Mardi Gras celebration! Fortunately, there are many events around Boston to keep you busy.
Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9
TT The Bear’s Place 10 Brookline St. Cambridge, MA
Starting at 8:30 PM, there will be beads in abundance, crazy costumes, and of course, music. Featured artists will include Shaun Wolf Wortis and the Legendary Vudu Krewe All-star Mardi Gras Band, and local Boston rock talent.
Bonus: Proceeds from this evening will benefit the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, which provides medical care for musicians down in New Orleans.
Tickets: $12 for one night and $20 for two
Saturday, February 9 Faneuil Hall 2:00-8:00 PM
Registration from 12:30-2:00 PM
For those that are 21+, Faneuil Hall is hosting a pub crawl featuring traditional southern food, King Cakes, specialty priced drinks, and contests for “Most Beads” and “Best Costume”.
If low key events are more your style, have no fear, Boston has still has plenty of events to help you celebrate Mardi Gras your way. Did you know that Mardi Gras is actually French for “Fat Tuesday”? This is because in Christian Tradition, “Fat Tuesday” is the last day before the fasting period of Lent. So why not take advantage of this free pass at a food coma by shoving every carb you can find into your body at once?
Tuesday February 12th
689 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02476
Tryst Restaurant is offering a three course meal which samples traditional Louisiana food. This includes ½ dozen oysters, crawfish and chicken etouffee, and SOCO bread pudding as dessert. The meal is $38 per person and reservations are recommended.
182 Harvard Ave. Allston, MA
While this restaurant has not advertised any Mardi Gras festivities, if you’re craving authentic southern food at any time of year, this is the place to go. The portions are big and the food is reasonably priced. Its menu offers traditional items such as ribs and pulled pork, and also not so common dishes like fried catfish.
Bonus- They deliver!