The Tuesday before Lent, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is a traditional day of celebration and festivities before the contemplation and abstinence of the Lenten season. The Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday when many area churches host pancake dinners to mark the occasion.
Cleveland may be a thousand miles from New Orleans and several thousand from Rio, but the city still knows how to throw a Mardi Gras party. Mardi Gras 2018 is February 13 and several events have already been announced for the celebration.
Salmon Dave's in Rocky River
Salmon Dave's in Rocky River celebrates Mardi Gras all season long with elaborate drink specials, spicy Creole cuisine, and a friendly festive atmosphere. The party continues on Tuesday with live music in the bar, beads, and lots of fun.
Celebrate at Paladar in Woodmere
At Paladar, the celebration is called Carnaval, but don't let the name change fool you—it's a Fat Tuesday party all right. The festivities include a live Latin band, half-off mojitos, and complimentary beads as well as a host of Brazilian food specials. The party lasts from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and reservations are a good idea especially around the dinner rush hour.
Around the Corner's Mardi Gras Party in Lakewood
The Mardi Gras Pub Crawl in the Warehouse District
What's better than having one place to celebrate Fat Tuesday? Answer: nine Warehouse District bars and pubs, on the 1st annual Warehouse District Mardi Crawl. The itinerary includes visits to the Barley House, Liquid, Tequila Ranch, Dive Bar, Map Room, Anatomy, Panini's, Camino and the Velvet Dog. Click here for more information and tickets. The event starts at 7 p.m., but tickets must be purchased to attend and include admission, an event tee shirt, a hurricane glass, beads, and a mask.
Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Tremont
As you would expect from a restaurant with a name like "Bourbon Street," the Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Tremont is hosting a Big Easy-style Mari Gras celebration on February 13. The party starts at 11 a.m. and includes several live bands, king cake, more than 10,000 beads, and authentic New Orleans drink specials. The bands will be playing between 2 and 4:30 p.m. and between 830 and 11 p.m.
The North Coast Men's Chorus: Mardi Gras Celebration
The Cleveland North Coast Men's Chorus (NCMC) hosts an annual Mardi Gras Celebration featuring a night of music, merriment, and masquerading at the Windows On The River in The Powerhouse. The event, which takes February 10, also includes performances by the NCMC, Bourbon Street cuisine, a live and a silent auction, and a French Quarter wall with a top prize of $500.
Luxury and VIP seating is available for premium sponsorship donors, and all proceeds from the event will go to benefit North Coast Men’s Chorus and its Youth Outreach Program.