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Where to celebrate Mardi Gras around Boston

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  February 12, 2013 11:22 AM

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The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble will be performing at Regattabar.

We’re guessing you’re suddenly in the mood for Cajun food, jazz music, bead necklaces, and have a general New Orleans state-of-mind. Don’t fret — there are plenty of Fat Tuesday options available in your very own city.

Mardi Gras Night with Henri Smith's New Orleans Friends & Flavours
Darryl’s will be bringing the tunes of New Orleans to Boston for Mardi Gras as Henri Smith, a jazz musician from New Orleans, will be playing blues, jazz, creole, and Cajun-style music. That’s not all — the bar will also feature special Fat Tuesday themed martinis. Don’t forget to show up in your best beads and masks — a best dressed competition will be held.
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen,5 p.m.-midnight, $5 cover, 604 Columbus Ave ., Boston, 617-536-1100,

Joe Bargar & the Soul Providers
Head to Smoken’ Joe’s Blues and BBQ for some authentic Louisiana tunes and famous Nola dishes like Cajun grilled shrimp, jambalya, and southern fried catfish.
Smoken’ Joe’s Blues and BBQ at 9 p.m., 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227,

Fat Tuesday at 75 on Liberty Wharf
Speaking of Fat Tuesday, this Liberty Wharf newbie is doing one night of NOLA-style grub. In addition to killer hurricanes and de facto Cajun fun (jambalaya, shrimp and chicken gumbo), they’ll also have Louisiana Seafood Burgers made with swordfish, halibut, and salmon. Offering colorful beads to diners may not have the same effect here.
75 on Liberty Wharf, 220 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-227-0480,

Tres Gatos birthday party
Tres Gatos turns two on Tuesday. Which is great, and made better by way of a Spain-meets-Mardi-Gras fiesta. Think: gratis bar bites (bocadillos, shrimp ceviche), New Orleans funk and Dixieland music, 10 percent off anything in the bookstore and vuvuzela blowing. It’s not a birthday without a bizarre, single-note horn.
Tres Gatos, 6 p.m-midnight, 470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-4851,

South Street Diner celebrates Mardi Gras
This 24-hour diner will host a 12-hour celebration with $5 all-you-can-eat jambalaya, gumbo, and more New Orleans delicacies.
South Street Diner, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 178 Kneeland St., Boston, 617-350-0028,

Mardi Gras and the Year of the Snake
Why not celebrate the year of the snake and combine Chinese New Year celebrations with your Mardi Gras festivities? The Charles Hotel’s Regattabar is hosting the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble for their Mardi Gras show.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 7:30 p.m., $20 cover, One Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-5000,

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