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The Biggest Thing Next to V-Day: Mardi Gras in NYC

Every year, for a single day in late February, New York City’s rambunctious atmosphere transforms into organized chaos for its own Northeast version of Mardi Gras. A sea of green, gold, blue, and purple envelops the streets (okay, not all of the streets… this is a big city!) for this Fat Tuesday jamboree.

Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflects the practice of the last night of eating the richest, fattiest foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. In some places, the Mardi Gras festival season lasts much longer than a single day. In New Orleans, Louisiana, for instance, Mardi Gras stretches the entire period from Twelfth Night (the last night of Christmas which begins Epiphany) to Ash Wednesday. Here in NYC, we don’t do Mardi Gras quite as intensely—but when we do do it, we do it well. On February 28th, NYC will be fitting in as much fun as possible in celebration of this occasion. Lucky for us, with the celebration of Mardi Gras comes an abundance of good jazz! And as you all know (or if you don’t you do now) this Greenwich Village Hotel loves jazz! Below we’ve selected some of the jazziest events to celebrate!

The Bell House Presents: MARDI GRAS BASH!

The Hungry March Band, Gordon Webster, Jonathan Toubin and others will perform, and MC Tanya Solomon will be sure to keep the night superiorly interesting. The fun begins at 9 pm. You can learn more about the event, what to expect, and of course, purchase tickets here.

The 8th Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball

Come on down to hear the swanky, crazy tunes of Dumpstaphunk/Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swings! High and Mighty Brass Band and DJ Cochon de Lait will open the evening. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because this show is no joke. After all, it is being held at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill… over at the Washington Square Hotel, we know anything at B.B.’s means an unforgettable experience. For more information, visit B.B. King Blues’ website.

Mardi Gras at Duane Park – Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

Step into the magical world of New Orleans… but never leave New York! Sounds nice, huh? Well, leave it to February 28th to deliver the goods. Enjoy a night of ‘haute southern cuisine’, and a fabulous show to boot. Duane Park is known for its incredible burlesque shows—and you may know, that’s a Mardi Gras specialty! The show starts at 8:30, but the three-course fixed-price meal is at 7. So be aware, this is a twofer. Visit Duane Park’s site for further details.

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