Tracing back to 1699, Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season. It refers to grand feasts held before the fasting and prayer season of Lent, in the 40 days leading to Easter Sunday. This guide contains some of the noteable events happening in celebration. Be check to check with your personal favorite resturant and bars for what they’re doing.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rain or shine, the Norman Mardi Gras Parade has been going for over 20 years. The 23rd Annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade will be on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Downtown Norman from 7-9 pm. It is Norman’s only night parade and Oklahoma’s original mardi gras parade. The 2017 theme is “Light It Up!” The parade is family friendly and bands are highly encouraged to participate! The event will roll in cold weather and is still expected to have over 4,000 spectators downtown to enjoy the fun.
The parade runs in circles. It starts from Jones at Main, East to Crawford, Commanche, then Jones and circles twice. For more information visit normanmardigrasparade.com
303 E. Sheridan, Oklahoma City
Pearl’s Crabtown brings Mardi Gras to Oklahoma City at its fourth annual Fat Tuesday Bash, 5 p.m. to close, February 28. The 21 and up event is held upstairs at the restaurant’s largest banquet room. Attendees get the following with a $5 cover: beads, masks, $5 Hurricanes and Mai Tais, a crawfish eating contest, and King Cake cupcake giveaway.
Come hungry and enjoy $1 oysters, Crabtown’s favorite appetizers and fresh crawfish sold by the pound. Pearl’s Restaurant Group’s Director of Operations Steve Griffin says crawfish season started early and is going strong.
“Our crawfish eating contest is a highlight of the night. We will have ten spots available for people to sign up on first come first serve basis. Last year’s winner took down more than six pounds of the yummy mud bugs,” said Griffin.
The first 100 people in the door will receive King Cake cupcakes created by Cuppies & Joe. Traditionally, the person who finds the plastic baby hidden in the King Cake brings a King Cake to the next party. Crabtown’s spin on the Carnival classic involves hiding plastic babies in 22 cupcakes this year, so attendees have a shot at winning one of three different prizes.
“We have taken the festivity to a whole other level. If you find a green baby, you win a gift card to Pearl’s Restaurant Group, a purple baby earns you a Mardi Gras swag bag, and a gold baby means you won one of two grand prize packages,” said Paul Seikel, Pearl’s Restaurant Group owner.
The grand prize package includes a one night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bricktown, a $100 gift card to Pearl’s Restaurant Group, and a pair of tickets to an upcoming concert at The Criterion.
Join SixTwelve Saturday, February 18, 2017 for fun, food provided by Picasso’s, live Zydeco music by the great Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, art, and a whole lot of dancing! White-tie is optional, and masks (and beads!) are strongly encouraged. If you’re lacking a mask collection, you can also create a mask at the event.
Located in the Paseo Arts District, SixTwelve is a community education center focused on the arts and sustainability. Young and co-founder James Varnum refurbished the historic 29th Street building for use as classrooms, a learning kitchen, event space, and residences for visiting artists, teachers, and sustainability experts.
For more information, tickets, and to vote for King and Queen, visit the 612 Mardi Gras Ball.
9501 S. Shields Blvd, Oklahoma City
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7 PM – Midnight
Bourbon Street will host the live band, Rick Toops and Company, cash prizes for best costume, $6 hurricanes, door prizes and beads, beads, and more beads. Include with the $5 cover charge is a complimentary Cajun Buffet including Chicken Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, and more.
423 NW 23rd Street, Oklahoma City
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8 PM – 2 AM
Mardi Gras is a holiday Savings & Loan Co. hold dear to their hearts and plan to celebrate it by throwing the biggest cocktail party in it’s honor. They will have a New Orleans style brass band, a special menu and whoever gets the baby in the King Cake will get a $100 gift card.
4801 S. Eastern Avenue, Oklahoma City
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7 PM – 2 AM
Oklahoma City Limits will host a Masquerade Ball tonight.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4 PM – 11 PM
Watch as masked, costumed revelers and colorful, elaborate floats make their way through Tulsa’s Blue Dome District. In Mardi Gras tradition, brightly-colored beads and other trinkets will be tossed into the crowds, so collect as much as you can. Following the parade, the festivities continue in the Blue Dome District’s restaurants and bars. Hosted by the Blue Dome District Merchant’s Association, the Mardi Gras Parade will start and finish at 1st Street and Elgin Ave. More event details here.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9 PM – 2 AM
The Fur Shop will host three stages of exclusive live bands and DJs along with fire performances, Tulsa’s premiere craft beer selection, and prize giveaways. 21 and up and free addmission.
February 25, 2017
The spicy smell of crawfish boiling, sounds of zydeco and Cajun swamp pop, a bustling brass band, dance and fire performance, DJs, laughter, great friends, and good times. The Tulsa Mardi Gras Masquerade will transport you down south to the atmosphere of a great Bourbon Street celebration! Enjoy an evening of scandalous acts, rowdy parties, and mischievous fun. The creatures of the night will be out, so wear a mask if you must, and join in the fun!
The Masquerade is a full immersion experience, from flavors, to sights, to sounds, and more! You will be walking into a proper Louisiana Mardi Gras carnival. They provide complimentary party favors to fit the theme! From thousands of Mardi Gras Necklaces to hundreds of Masquerade Masks and more! Staff dressed in sexy costumes, performers throughout the night, on stage, among the crowd, even outside! The music will range from traditional live Dixieland Jazz to top 40’s DJs, and then into more esoteric electronic music!
Proceeds are going to benefit the Coffee Bunker, a Tulsa local non-profit organization centered around helping veterans!
For more details check their official website at tulsamardigrasmasquerade.com