Celebrate Mardi Gras in Phoenix

Jazz, Food and Beads at Phoenix Mardi Gras Celebrations

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You don't have to live in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. You and your friends can stay in -- where you won't get into too much trouble — don colorful costumes and beads, and whip up some festive cocktails (scroll down to the bottom of this page for two recipes from RA Sushi in Arizona).

What? You really wanted to go out and party? Here are some events in the Phoenix area where you can "laissez les bons temps rouler!"

Mardi Gras in Phoenix

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
2045 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Food and beverage à la carte
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Snooze celebrates Mardi Gras annually on Fat Tuesday by offering a New Orleans-style “The King Cake” filled with white chocolate and topped with lemon curd, blueberry mascarpone & toasted coconut. (Hint: if you find a plastic toy jack on your pancake, you win!) Because it also happens to be National Pancake Day, 100% of Snooze’s pancake sales will be donated to support local community garden projects.
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Melting Pot
3626 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix (Ahwatukee)
$39.95 per person
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A four-course meal that includes your choice of cheese fondue, choice of salad, a fondue entrée, and your choice of chocolate fondue. The entrée choices are Filet Mignon, White Shrimp, Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin, All-natural Breast of Chicken and Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli. For this special occasion, the entrée is all-you-can-eat.
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Texaz Grill
6003 N. 16th Street, Phoenix
No cover, pricing à la carte
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TEXAZ’s chef/owner, Steve Freidkin spent several years in Louisiana, learning the tradition and flavors of Cajun and Creole cuisine. This year he will be serving up authentic New Orleans food & drink specials all day long, with $6 Hurricane cocktails and traditional sugar-dusted $5 Calas. Enjoy a lunch special (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Louisiana favorite house-made Chicken Gumbo offered by the cup ($3.50) or bowl ($4.50). Plus, available only during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), TEXAZ Grill will be offering $1 fresh-shucked Gulf oysters for a true taste of New Orleans cuisine (limited availability).
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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
2 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix at CityScape
In 2017: pricing à la carte

From Friday, Feb. 24 through Tuesday, Feb. 28 experience Blue Hound's Southern roots and enjoy Mardi Gras-inspired cocktails and food. Food specials include Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Oyster Po'Boy and a Louisiana Crawfish Boil. Cocktail specials include House Barrel-Aged Sazerac, Hurricanes and Southern Slushies. Reserve your table at opentable.com or by calling 602-258-0231.
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LUSTRE Rooftop Bar
2 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix at CityScape
In 2017: no cover

On Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. enjoy Fat Tuesday-inspired cocktails including House Barrel-Aged Sazerac, Hurricanes and Southern Slushies. Complimentary red beans and rice from 5-7 p.m. Live music and beads galore.
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Sandbar
21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix
In 2017: pricing à la carte
From Friday, February 24 through Tuesday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. celebrate with New Orleans style food. Offering Crawfish & Shrimp Tacos, along with Jambalaya. Drink specials that include $5 Hurricanes and $1 Jell-O Shots.
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Mardi Gras in Cave Creek

Harold's Cave Creek Corral
6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek
$18.99 per person for Mardi Gras Buffet
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28

Jazz band at 6 p.m., swing dance lessons at 6:30 p.m., costume contest at 8 p.m., Acoustic Kings at 8:30 p.m., crawfish eating contest at 8:30 p.m., Most Beads Award. Reservations recommended.
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Mardi Gras in Gilbert

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
310 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
Food and beverage à la carte
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Snooze celebrates Mardi Gras annually on Fat Tuesday by offering a New Orleans-style “The King Cake” filled with white chocolate and topped with lemon curd, blueberry mascarpone & toasted coconut. (Hint: if you find a plastic toy jack on your pancake, you win!) Because it also happens to be National Pancake Day, 100% of Snooze’s pancake sales will be donated to support local community garden projects.
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Mardi Gras in Tempe

Mardi Gras Celebration at Fat Tuesday
680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Tickets start at $10, food and beverage à la carte
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Billed as the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in Arizona. Laissez les bon temps rouler (Let the good times roll) has been their motto for the last 26 years. The festivities will kick off with zydeco music and Cajun Lunch with gumbo and jambalaya and Po-Boy Sandwiches. Wash it down with one of 30 flavors of New Orleans Original Daiquiris on tap. After lunch and dinner, party all night and dance on two dance floors. Djs will be spinning today’s hottest dance music until 2 a.m.  This is a 21 and over event. Rain or shine. 
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El Hefe
610 South Mill Ave., Tempe
No cover, food and beverage à la carte
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 4 p.m. to close

"Beads & Beer-Garitas" with $2 Tacos, $3 Draft Dos XX, Live DJ. Fully decorated with beads, hats, feathers, balloons, and more.
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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
615 S. College Ave., #103, Tempe
Food and beverage à la carte
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Snooze celebrates Mardi Gras annually on Fat Tuesday by offering a New Orleans-style “The King Cake” filled with white chocolate and topped with lemon curd, blueberry mascarpone & toasted coconut. (Hint: if you find a plastic toy jack on your pancake, you win!) Becuase it also happens to be National Pancake Day, 100% of Snooze’s pancake sales will be donated to support local community garden projects.
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Mardi Gras in Scottsdale

El Hefe
4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
No cover, food and beverage à la carte
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 4 p.m. to close

"Beads & Beer-Garitas" with $2 Tacos, $3 Draft Dos XX, Live DJ. Fully decorated with beads, ats, feathers, balloons, and more.
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Hand Cut
7135 E Camelback Rd., #154, Scottsdale
No cover
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 6 p.m. to close
Featuring "Half Cut Fat Tuesday" with half off "Cuts" and bottles of wine (doesn't include the tomahawk 7 reserve wines). Lightly decorated.
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Melting Pot
8260 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
$39.95 per person
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A four-course meal that includes your choice of cheese fondue, choice of salad, a fondue entrée, and your choice of chocolate fondue. The entrée choices are Filet Mignon, White Shrimp, Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin, All-natural Breast of Chicken and Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli. For this special occasion, the entrée is all-you-can-eat.
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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
15054 N. Scottsdale Rd., #D18, Scottsdale
Food and beverage à la carte
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Snooze celebrates Mardi Gras annually on Fat Tuesday by offering a New Orleans-style “The King Cake” filled with white chocolate and topped with lemon curd, blueberry mascarpone & toasted coconut. (Hint: if you find a plastic toy jack on your pancake, you win!) Becuase it also happens to be National Pancake Day, 100% of Snooze’s pancake sales will be donated to support local community garden projects.
More info

Mardi Gras in Glendale

Melting Pot
19420 N. 49th Ave, Ste B113, Glendale
$39.95 per person
In 2017: Tuesday, February 28 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A four-course meal that includes your choice of cheese fondue, choice of salad, a fondue entrée, and your choice of chocolate fondue. The entrée choices are Filet Mignon, White Shrimp, Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin, All-natural Breast of Chicken and Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli. For this special occasion, the entrée is all-you-can-eat.
More info

Mardi Gras in Chandler

Sandbar
7200 W. Ray Road, Chandler
In 2017: pricing à la carte
From Friday, February 24 through Tuesday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. celebrate with New Orleans style food. Offering Crawfish & Shrimp Tacos, along with Jambalaya. Drink specials that include $5 Hurricanes and $1 Jell-O Shots.
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Mardi Gras in New River

Roadrunner Restaurant & Saloon
47801 N. Black Canyon Highway, New River
No cover, raffle. Food and beverage à la carte
In 2017: March 4 from 5 p.m. to close

Every year Anthem State Farm Agent, Nanette McClelland-Miller hosts her Mardi Gras Fundraiser at the locally famous eatery and saloon, the Roadrunner Restaurant in New River. This event, now in its 14th year, has raised funds for a variety of people, schools, and organizations. This year, the fundraiser is benefiting the Wright Family, who lost everything in the floods this last year. Original recipes of gumbo, boiled crawfish, and po-boys take over the menu in the evening spirited by a live band and good times.  Seasonings, crawfish and Mardi Gras beads are ordered direct from the heart of Cajun country. 
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Need a Costume for Mardi Gras?

Try the Mardi Gras Costume Shop in Scottsdale.

Make Your Own Cocktails for Celebrate Mardi Gras

RA Sushi has locations in Ahwatukee, Dana Park in Mesa, Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, Old Town Scottsdale and Tempe. The restaurant shared these recipes for a HurRacane (get it RA is in the middle?) and a Southern Julep. Enjoy!

HurRAcane

Ingredients
1.5 ounces Southern Comfort
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce lemon lime soda
.05 ounce simple syrup
.25 ounces grenadine
Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Preparation
Combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice.
Garnish with an orange and cherry flag.

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RA Sushi's Mardi Gras Southern Julep

Ingredients
.75 ounces Southern Comfort
.75 ounces Makers Mark
.05 ounce simple syrup
6 mint leaves

Preparation
Muddle mint and simple syrup in a tin.
Add liquor and a half a scoop of ice and shake vigorously.
Pour drink into tall glass.
Top with ice and splash of soda.
Garnish with sprig of mint.

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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.