You needn’t travel to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Most likely, there’ll be plenty of events commemorating the holiday in your area. Check out our overview of Mardi Gras fun near Taylor Morrison communities. Events take place on Fat Tuesday, February 17, unless otherwise noted.
If you’re living in Phoenix a New Orleans-flavored Mardi Gras can be found at Southern Rail Restaurant, known for its Southern food. Enjoy the traditions of Mardi Gras including those colorful beads and drink specials.
The annual Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore will feature a free blues concert and masquerade ball.
A raucous Mardi Gras Parade featuring New Orleans-style marching bands starts at Octavia and Hayes in San Francisco.
Support autism charities at Mardi Gras for Autism in downtown Fullerton. The free family carnival benefit will be held outside Bourbon Street Bar and Grill.
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Mardi Gras will feature New Orleans cuisine, jazz, drink specials, and free beads for kids. Costumes welcome!
Mark your calendar for good times for a good cause on February 28 at Embassy Suites downtown. The Mardi Gras event benefitting non-profit Qualistar Colorado will include dinner, an auction, live music and a casino.
Prepare to kick up your heels at the 1950s Mardi Gras Swing Walk on February 13. A block festival, dancing to Big Band and jazz music, costumes, art and prizes are planned.
Wear your best cocktail attire to the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on February 28 at the Hyatt Jacksonville. Mask and beads will be provided.
The family-oriented Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade and Festival in Tampa begins with music in the Pioneer Park pavilion. Fifty colorful floats and bead tossing will be part of the parade, followed by restaurants and over-21 pubs.
Get rowdy at Mardi Gras in Austin. The fun begins on February 12 with celebratory events and parties running from February 14 through Fat Tuesday, February 17. See the website for the full calendar of Mardi Gras excitement.
Another wild option is Carnaval Brasileiro at Palmer Event Center on February 28. This Brazilian style Mardi Gras celebration first began rocking revelers in the 1970s.
If you’re in the Houston area, don’t miss out on Mardi Gras! Galveston, Texas’ largest Mardis Gras celebration. Festivities start on February 6 and continue with events through February 17, with parades, dancing a 5K run and more.