Mardi Gras in Los Angeles

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale and Mardi Gras in Los Angeles

There are many ways you can celebrate carnival traditions from around the world right here in LA. Many predominantly Catholic countries celebrate the season preceding Lenten fasts with wild festivities. In Italy it's Carnevale. In Brazil it's Carnaval. The Germans call it Karneval or Fasching. In New Orleans, it's Carnival season leading up to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. For 2017, Mardi Gras is February 28.

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Long Beach Mardi Gras

Long Beach Mardi Gras
Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

Long Beach Mardi Gras shows its N'awlins roots in a two-day event at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor featuring zydeco and Cajun bands at the Off Boardwalk Stage and New Orleans dancers and food. The Mardi Gras Parade will step off at 3 pm on Saturday. 

When: February 25, 2017, 1-4 pm, Parade Saturday at 3 pm
Where: Shoreline Village in Long Beach
Cost: Free
Parking: Paid parking at Shoreline Village, the Aquarium, the Pike or Convention Center, or metered street parking.
Metro: Blue Line to First Street Station
Info: www.shorelinevillage.com/7th-annual-mardi-gras/

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Karneval at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim

The Phoenix Club, a German club in Anaheim, is celebrating Fasching or Karneval with two weekends of festivities.

The adult Karneval - Prunksitzung and Tanzabend on Saturday, February 25, 2017, and a dance band. The season wraps up with the Lumpenball or Rag Ball, a farewell party for the Karneval Prinz, on Saturday, March 4
When: February 25 and March 4, 2017, 7 pm
Where: The Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
Cost:  Free - $5 
Info: www.thephoenixclub.com.

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Mardi Gras at LA Farmers Market

The Farmers Market in Los Angeles
Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles will celebrate Mardi Gras for the weekend before Mardi Gras plus a Fat Tuesday blow out on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The event includes New Orleans and Zydeco music, strolling parade bands, activities for kids, and bead-throwing, as well as New Orleans and Southern specialty foods and drinks.

When: Feb 25-26 and 28, 2017
Where: LA Farmers Market, 6333 W.3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cost: Free
Parking: 90 minutes free at Farmers Market with validation from Farmers Market businesses, $3 for the first 15 minutes thereafter, and $1 for each additional 15 minutes. I hour free at the Grove next door, 2 hours with Grove merchant validation.
Info: www.farmersmarketla.com 

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Brazilian Carnaval of Love in LA

Brazilian Nites Carnaval
Photo courtesy of Brazilian Nites

If you can't make it to Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval, you can still celebrate in the Brazilian tradition at the annual Brazilian Nites Brazilian Carnaval on Valentine's Day. This year the event is at the Terragram Ballroom in Downtown LA. Samba bands and sequin-clad dancers will embody the festival spirit. Dance floor tables sell out, so act soon if you hope to get a ticket.
When: Friday, February 24, 2017, 8 pm - 2 am 
Where: Terragram Ballroom, 1234 W 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Cost: $35 Advance General Admission
Info: (818) 566-1111, www.BrazilianNites.com

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Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park

The Mardi Gras celebration at Santa Anita Park includes live music, a Cajun meal, one craft beer, Clubhouse admission, trackside seating, a race program and tip sheet. 
When: February 25, 2017, noon - 4:30
Where: Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007
Cost: $28, check Goldstar for discount tickets
Parking: Free lot
Info:  www.santaanita.com

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Mardi Gras at Spare Tire Kitchen and Tavern in Mid-Wilshire

Spare Tire Kitchen and Tavern
Photo by acuna-hansen courtesy of Spare Tire Kitchen and Tavern

Stilt walkers, magicians, beads, party favors and the brassy Dixie Band will liven up Mardi Gras festivities at Spare Tire Kitchen and Tavern on Wilshire in mid-city, just east of Museum Row. The special Mardi Gras menu includes Louisiana favorites like catfish po'boy sliders, Cajun crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo, gator meatballs, fried pickles and okra, collard greens, and beignets. The regular menu will not be offered during the event.
When: February 28, 2017, 6-10 pm
Where: 5370 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cost: no cover
Parking: Free lot in back, metered and un-metered street parking, read parking restrictions carefully.
Info: www.sparetirepub.com, (323) 525-2618

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First Fridays Bixby Knolls Mardi Gras Edition

Mardi Gras at First Fridays in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

The monthly Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art and Music Walk in Long Beach takes on a Mardi Gras theme in March with costumed revelers parading along the sidewalk and in and out of businesses on the 0.6-mile route. Galleries and other businesses host art exhibits, with most of the art centered around the Expo Center at the north end. There's live music all along the route from high school garage bands to rockin'; seniors and everything in between. Shops are open and restaurants and bars are bustling.
When: March 3, 2017
Where: Atlantic Avenue from Bixby Road to E. San Antonio Drive.
Cost: Free
Parking: free street parking.
Info: firstfridayslongbeach.com

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Long Beach Carnevale

Long Beach Carnevale is a Venetian style carnival with colorful costumes and masks on the waterfront in Long Beach. The highlight of the event is a showcase of costumed characters in traditional Venice style who will pose for photos during two different sessions at 2:30 at the fountain near the Aquarium of the Pacific, and 4:15 for sunset photos on the Pine Avenue Pier. Entertainment begins with a DJ show at 10:30 am and continues with live performances throughout the day. Bring cash to have your own mask and hair done in front of the Aquarium starting at noon. 

When: 2017 cancelled due to construction
Where: Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach
Cost: Free
Parking: Paid parking at Shoreline Village, the Aquarium, the Pike or Convention Center, or metered street parking.
Metro: Blue Line to First Street Station
Info: longbeachcarnevale.com

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