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slides: Getting Out: 10 Ways To Celebrate Mardi Gras in New England

Friday, February 14, 2014

 

It’s that time of year again: Mardi Gras falls on March 4th. I know you’re thinking that the only place to celebrate this infamous festival is on the warm streets of New Orleans, well you’re wrong. Though New England’s temperatures are still pretty frigid at the beginning of March there are plenty of places to go and things to see during the Carnival season in New England.

Activities in Vermont, Boston, and Rhode Island will make sure you are anything but bored this Fat Tuesday, which some people may not know is the literal meaning of “Mardi Gras.” So get ready to eat, drink and be merry because GoLocal has you covered.

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Ways To Celebrate Mardi Gras in New England

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Magic Hat Mardi Gras

Though Vermont may be the perfect place for skiing and winter activities, it also hosts a memorable Mardi Gras celebration. The Magic Hat festival comes to Burlington, Vermont for three fun-filled days from February 28th to March 2nd. This festival is filled with fun costumes, parades, beer and is appropriate for all ages. The big parade takes place on Saturday March 1st and proceeds from this event benefit HOPE Works. Click here for more information. 

Magic Hat Mardi Gras: Church Street, Burlington, VT, 05401

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Mardi Gras Ball XXI

On Saturday March 1st take part in Wolf’s 21st annual Mardi Gras Ball, a longstanding musical tradition. To take part in this rocking night purchase tickets online and get ready to listen to some New-Orleans style rhythm and blues. The ball features an all-star Mardi Gras band with Shaun Wolf Wortis and Vudu Krewe and other various artists. Proceeds from the event benefit New Orleans Musician’s Clinic. For more information, click here.

Mardi Gras Ball XXI: The Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139

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Mardi Gras! Beer, Beads And Bad Decisions

You’ll have your fair share of party hopping to do because the largest Mardi Gras masquerade party in Boston is on Saturday March 1st. Doors open at 9 pm for those between the ages of 21-42 where there will be a complementary buffet, beads and a prize for the best dressed, so make sure you come in your best purple, green and gold attire. Tickets are $20 online and $30 at the door. There are also drink specials for those who show up between 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Click here for more information.

Mardi Gras! Beer, Beads And Bad Decisions: The North Star, 222 Friend Street, Boston, MA, 02222

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Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball

From 6 pm to midnight on March 1st celebrate Mardi Gras with authentic music and nonstop dancing at the Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball located in Rhode Island. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Don’t miss music by Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys, CJ Chenier & Red Hot Louisiana Band, the Hot Tamales Brass Band and more. For more information, click here or call 401.783.3926.

Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball: Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI, 02905

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Black Eyed Sally’s

On March 4th the Mardi Gras celebrations head over to Hartford, Connecticut. Black Eyed Sally’s is partying all day on Fat Tuesday starting with an all-you-can eat southern lunch buffet from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for just $12.95. After lunch happy hour starts at 4:30 pm and ends at 6:30 pm where they will be offering free Southern Vitties and drink specials. Finally, from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am enjoy dinner and dancing with Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs for just a $5 cover. Face painters, beads and stilt walkers and also things you won’t want to miss out on at Black-eyed Sally’s. Click here for more details.  

Black Eyed Sally’s: 350 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT, 06103

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Ogunquit’s Mardi Gras

When you head to Ogunquit, Maine on Mardi Gras weekend you’ll almost forget that you’re not on the New Orleans Bayou. This annual celebration does not skimp on any Mardi Gras fun, it has a list of events that runs the entire weekend including fire juggling, a hat making party, a costume party, a parade, wine tasting and more. For more details, click here.

Ogunquit’s Mardi Gras: 36 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME, 03907

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Mount Snow

This Carnival season Mount Snow will transform into its very own Bourbon Street. On March 1st Bud light will be sponsoring Apres Ski parties at different bars throughout the weekend and you won’t want to miss the Bud Light Concert Series at the Snowbarn. Click here for more details.

Mount Snow: 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT, 05356

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The Firehouse Center for the Arts

If it is the jazz music that makes you excited for Mardi Gras, the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport is where you will want to be on March 5th. Before you watch Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans take the stage, sample delicious appetizers and sport your complementary Mardi Gras beads. Prior to the live performance you will also get to watch the New Orleans Mardi Gras parades in the theater. The party begins at 6:30 pm and the performance is at 8 pm. Purchase tickets online for $37. Click here for more information or call 978.462.733.

 The Firehouse Center for the Arts: Market Square, Newburyport, MA, 01950

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NRICA Mardi Gras 2014

On February 22nd the Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts will be sponsoring its 20th annual Mardi Gras celebration. Tickets are $30 or $35 at the door (cash only) and with your ticket you’ll get to enjoy a full Cajun buffet, a cash bar and live music by Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train and Slippery Sneakers. The party goes from 5:30 pm until 11 pm. For more details call 401.762.9072 or click here.

St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center: 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI, 02895

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The International

Celebrate Mardi Gras on March 1st with The Boston Horns at The International. The Boston Horns are an original funk and jazz band who will be playing a concert in the ballroom of The International. This concert and a dinner buffet only cost $39 and you will get to enjoy food inspired by the tradition and culture of New Orleans. Get your tickets online or call 978.779.6919

The International: 159 Balville Road, Bolton, MA, 01740

 
 

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