This Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, although in my life every Tuesday is fat Tuesday. But I digress.
Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It’s the day people can eat anything they want, since the next day, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of the 40 long days of Lent.
It’s the day of Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) parade on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. If you’re not going to the real thing, here are three ways to celebrate in Las Vegas.
A word of warning: Flashing for beads is NOT legal in Las Vegas, unlike New Orleans. Flashing here will earn you a trip to Clark County Detention Center where I hear the food is probably worse than what you would eat during Lent.
The Orleans Hotel and Casino is the place “where the good times roll” all year long.
The Orleans Mardi Gras parade will prance through the casino floor every hour from 2-8 pm. The casino’s Mardi Gras women will hand out T-shirts and beads to the crowd. (See above.) The parade will end at the casino’s “party pit.”
A Dixie Land band will play all day.
If you get hungry, the chef at the Medley Buffet is cookin’ up some Louisianna specialties for the occasion. That includes jambalaya, chicken gumbo, seafood etoufee, crawfish and red beans and rice.
Downtown Container Park
Why only celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday? The Downtown Container Park’s celebration started last Friday and ends next Wednesday. Each of the establishments has a Mardi Gras special.
Downtown Container Park is also one of the best places to enjoy FREE live music in Las Vegas. Jaron Brown, the guitarist and southern rocker (not the football player), leads the roster of local entertainers who will be performing.
Honey Salt, the Summerlin eatery, hosts a monthly farm-to-table dinner the last Tuesday of the month. Diners sit together at long tables; the communal seating means you get to meet new friends.
Most of the dishes are served family-style, so you have to get along with your new friends!
The $59 price includes a Hurricane as the welcome cocktail. The four-course meal includes:
- Appetizers: fried green tomatoes, Old Bay crawfish boil and crab hush puppies
- Mid-course: Shrimp and chicken gumbo
- Main course: Cajun blackened redfish, jambalaya
- Sides: Mac and cheese, collard greens
- Dessert: Emeril-style banana cream pie, beignets
I’ll be there, so come say hi!
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Enjoy Mardi Gras Las Vegas!
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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