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The Best Spots to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2019 in NYC

Laissez les bons temps rouler in New York City this Mardi Gras! The Big Easy spirit is headed north for Fat Tuesday, March 5. Celebrate throughout the first weekend of March by eating, drinking, dancing, and even masquerading. Grab some beads, and check out these upcoming Mardi Gras celebrations in NYC.

NYC Mardi Gras: Celebrate The Big Easy at Houston Hall 

Houston Hall

On Sunday, March 2nd, Houston Hall will be celebrating The Big Easy with an all-day Mardi Gras party. You'll be beaded on entry and the event features an all-day DJ, drink specials, and a costume contest with big prizes. 222 W. Houston St., 212-675-9323,

NYC Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras Dinner at Cafe Boulud

Cafe Boulud Chef Aaron Emeril Lagasse

Toast to Fat Tuesday at Cafe Boulud with the king of Creole, Emeril Lagasse. The celebrity chef, along with Daniel Boulud and executive chef Aaron Bludorn, will prepare a special feast on Fat Tuesday itself, complete with grits, collard greens, and gumbo. For dessert, there’s king cake monkey bread on offer. Tickets are $150; get them before they’re gone! Tuesday, March 5, 7pm. 20 E. 76th St., 212-772-2600,

NYC Mardi Gras: Jazz Concerts at Blue Note

Spyro Gyra

Hear some New Orleans sound at Blue Note in Greenwich Village this Mardi Gras season. Grammy-winning keyboardist Cory Henry will play all weekend leading up to Mardi Gras for his Birthday Residency to promote the new album, The Revival, which features a range of gospel, jazz, and soul tunes. Longstanding jazz jam outfit Spyro Gyra will play two shows on Mardi Gras itself, plus additional performances throughout the holiday week. 131 W. 3rd St., 212-475-8592,

NYC Mardi Gras: The Salon at The Montauk Club

The Montauk Club in Park Slope, Brooklyn, will host the 7th annual iteration of The Salon, an indulgent Mardi Gras party to last through the night. The zydeco band Gordon Webster & Friends will bring some accordion to the party, and the Second Line Brass Band will follow. There will also be burlesque by Justease and Velvetina Taylor and DJ Cochon de Lait bringing even more music. You’ll even receive dance lessons from Brooklyn Swings. This Prohibition Productions event sold out last year, so buy your tickets now! Tuesday, March 5, 6pm. 25 Eighth Ave., Brooklyn,

NYC Mardi Gras: Concerts at Brooklyn Bowl

The Brooklyn Bowl—a working bowling alley, event space, and concert venue—will host two Mardi Gras-themed concerts this year. Sunday, March 3, bring the kiddos to a concert by Black Tie Brass, part of the venue’s Rock and Roll Playhouse series. On Fat Tuesday, it’s JoJo Hermann’s Mardi Gras Party! Widespread Panic’s Hermann will play a solo set, while Slim Wednesday will back him up. Expect “Southern psych-soul” from this all-star lineup, plus a tribute to New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair. 61 Wythe Ave., 718-963-3369,

NYC Mardi Gras: Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

Bourbon Street

Get a taste of New Orleans’ most famous street at Bourbon Street Bar & Grille. Every day is Mardi Gras at this Midtown pub, where you can count on Never Ending Happy Hour every night. That means $6 hurricanes, $6 swamp juice, and $18 buckets, plus other deals on a range of beer and liquor. Bourbon Street also serves Cajun dishes like jambalaya, po’ boys, and red beans and rice. 346 W. 46th St., 212-245-2030,

NYC Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras Bash to Make Every Person Count at The Bell House

Party for a cause on Sunday, March 3, at The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn. This fun-filled event will include comedy, drag bingo by Darlinda Just Darlinda, burlesque, and live music by the L-Train Brass Band. Standups Pat Regan and Christi Chiello will host this fabulous party, which will also feature a raffle and live auction. Ticket sales benefit Southern Echo, a Mississippi organization that advocates for redrawn voting districts and a fair 2020 Census. Tickets are $25. Sunday, March 3, 3pm. 149 Seventh Ave., 718-643-6510,

NYC Mardi Gras: Brass & Sass at House of Yes

One of Brooklyn’s biggest event spaces will host a Mardi Gras party in Bushwick this year. There will be New Orleans jazz, circus performers, and costumes galore at this free event. Tuesday, March 5, 10pm. 2 Wyckoff Ave.,

NYC Mardi Gras: Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise

Every Sunday, Hornblower Cruises invites guests aboard a luxury yacht for mimosas and live jazz. The Sunday before Mardi Gras, cruise around the island of Manhattan and take endless pictures of the skyline while the NOLA-style band plays during this two-hour trip. Brunch buffet, coffee, and unlimited mimosas included. Pier 40, 353 West St., 646-403-3955,

NYC Mardi Gras: Winter Village Skating Rink at Bryant Park

The Bryant Park skating rink closes for the season March 3. Come take a spin on the ice the weekend before Mardi Gras. Admission is free, but skate rentals start at $20. Open daily 8am-10pm. Sixth Ave. btw. 41st and 42nd Sts.,

NYC Mardi Gras: Party at the Southern Comfort

Start trolling costume shops for the best Mardi Gras mask around; you’ll need it for the party at Southern Comfort on March 2. Soul food, drinks, and a dance floor make up this masquerade in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, where guests are required to wear black in addition to their masks. Tickets are $35 per person. Saturday, March 2, 3pm. 377 Marcus Garvey Blvd.,

NYC Mardi Gras: Marshall Street Bar

Syracuse alums and other Mardi Gras revelers are invited to party Mardi Gras-style at Marshall Street bar in Midtown East. Come to this Syracuse-themed bar for beads and raffles throughout the evening on March 5. 306 E. 49th St., 9170472-7988,

NYC Mardi Gras: NYC Whiskey Walk

Whiskey Walk

It may be cold out, but what’s warmer than whiskey? Join NYC Whiskey walk on Saturday, March 2, where you’ll sample 1-ounce servings of whiskey at 8 successive bars. If that sounds like too much, just know the event can last up to 10 hours if you’d like to space out your drinks. The walk begins at Slainte in the East Village, followed by Shades of Green, Plug Uglies, The Copper Still, The Gray Mare, Libation, 2A Bar, and Finnerty’s. Saturday, March 2, check-in 12pm-3pm, 304 Bowery,

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