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 notable events happening in celebration. Be check to check with your personal favorite restaurant and bars for what they’re doing.
WHERE: Downtown Norman
WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rain or shine, the Norman Mardi Gras Parade has been going for over 20 years. The Annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Downtown Norman from 7-9 pm. It is Norman’s only night parade and Oklahoma’s original mardi gras parade. The 2018 theme is “CARNIVAAAAHL!” 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
Gumbo Cook-Off and Zydeco Party:
Saturday, January 13th, 6-10pm at The Mercury.
If you are interested in entering a gumbo or king cake for the competition, please register through their website.
Mardi Gras Mask Making:
Saturday, February 3rd, 10 am to Noon at the Norman Public Library central location.
Join in on making the carnival masks in preparation for the parade. Materials will be provided and the event is free!
WHERE: Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8 PM
Join SixTwelve on February 3rd, 2018 at the Tower Theater for their Fourth Annual SixTwelve Mardi Gras Ball! This is their main fundraising event for the year. Enjoy OKC’s true Mardi Gras experience and support a non-profit that is all about giving to the OKC community.
SixTwelve is dedicated to their mission of “Sharing Tools to Build a Better Community,” and provides educational experiences such as a PreK program, The Young School, ASAP (After School Adventure Program), an urban farming program, community events and meeting spaces, and a residency exchange with Savannah, Georgia for artists, film makers, musicians, dancers, writers, chefs, urban farmers, and more!
Join SixTwelve from 8-11pm for fun, food provided by Picasso’s, live music by the great New Breed Brass Band, art, and a whole lot of dancing! White-tie is optional, and masks (and beads!) are strongly encouraged.
For more information, tickets, and to vote for King and Queen, visit the 612 Mardi Gras Ball.
WHERE: The Paramount Theatre
11 North Lee Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: February 8, 9, & 10, 2018 at 8 PM
Throw on some beads, don your favorite mask, and join The City Cabaret OKC as they march in with the saints celebrating Mardi Gras! You’ll be transported to a New Orleans jazz club, enjoying the vocal talents of Ronn Burton, Cristela Carrizales, Courtney Crouse, Mahalia Gronigan, Ben Harrell, Chelcy Harrell, Kendon Lacy, Rachel Ryan Nichols, Austin J. Thompson, and Isaiah Williams.
WHERE: American Banjo Museum
9 East Sheridan Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 6 pm to 9 pm
The American Banjo Museum will bring Bourbon Street and the spirit of the French Quarter to Bricktown with its third annual Krewe de Banjo Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Festivities reminiscent of an evening at Mardi Gras in New Orleans will be on tap at 9 E. Sheridan.
Prior to the nighttime festivities, the Shelby Eicher Jazz Band will also perform a mini-concert for daytime museum visitors from 3 pm to 4 pm. The event will feature music by legendary musician Shelby Eicher along with a band of all-stars.
Proceeds from this special event go to support the American Banjo Museum. Tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased online at americanbanjomuseum.com or by calling the museum at 405-604-2793.
WHERE: Aloft Bricktown
209 North Walnut Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8 PM – 11:30 PM
Join the Pawdi Gras Celebration for a jazzy evening of live music, dancing, cocktails and carnivale games, Mardi Gras-style, to benefit The Bella Foundation!
PAWSitively PURRfect’s second benefit event aims to give people more than a great Mardi Gras-style party. It’s an opportunity for attendees to support animal welfare through the work of The Bella Foundation in Oklahoma City, OK.
Event attendees will feel like they’ve stepped onto Bourbon Street while enjoying a beautiful nighttime view of downtown Oklahoma City from the Aloft Downtown Oklahoma City-Bricktown hotel, where they will enjoy cocktails – including a complimentary “furr-icane” – live music, dj entertainment, dancing, games, light snacks and a silent auction- all with a true New Orleans flair. Humans and *dogs are encouraged to wear their best Mardi Gras themed attire!
The Pawdi Gras event begins at 8:00 PM on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. Tickets are limited and are available for purchase to the general public at pawsitivelypurrfect.org. General admission is $25 with several additional VIP options available. Attendees must be 21 and over.
*If you plan to bring your dog to the event, please note that the event will be held on the upper floor of the hotel. You will need to allow ample time for your pets to get down the elevator to potty. Please also remember that not all furry friends love being in crowds. They ask that only well-behaved dogs used to being in a crowd be in attendance. Thank you!
WHERE: Crabtown in Bricktown and Pearl’s Oyster Bar
WHEN: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 4 pm
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Crabtown in Bricktown and Pearl’s Oyster Bar on the sound end Classen Curve from 4 p.m. – close, with a $5 cover on February 13.
“We get our Mardi Gras parties started early, so guests can indulge in the ultimate extended happy hour with an exorbitant number of beads, NOLA inspired-cocktails, music, and dancing,” said Paul Seikel, owner of Pearl’s Restaurant Group.
Both restaurants embrace the Carnival spirit with special menu items, including Mini Mardi Bites, Hurricanes and New Orleans’ Blue Margaritas available now through Fat Tuesday.
At Crabtown’s fourth annual Fat Tuesday Bash, attendees can expect crawfish boils galore and its notorious Crawfish Eating Contest, which starts at 7 p.m. on the 13th. This year attendees can sign up on Crabtown’s Facebook page for a chance to compete in the contest.
“Last year, a lady beat out nine guys. She ate more than five pounds of crawfish,” said Frank Nelson, VP of Business Affairs for Pearl’s Restaurant Group!
The winner of the Crawfish Eating Contest will take home a 3-foot trophy, a basket of Cajun goodies, and a $150 gift card to Pearl’s Restaurant Group.
WHERE: Tulsa VFW
1109 East 6th Street, Tulsa
WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Burlesque and Dance performance, full jazz bands, blues, and DJs. Stilt walkers, showgirls, face painters, magicians, and more! Complimentary Bead Necklaces and masks while they last. Plus all the Cajun food you can eat! All to benefit the Tulsa VFW! 100% of Profits will go to aid combat veterans!
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Free entry and family friendly, and open to the public
4:00 PM to 2:00 AM – Tickets required and (18+)
2:00 AM to 6:00 AM – After Party and Pancake Breakfast (18+)
WHERE: The Fur Shop
520 East 3rd Street, Tulsa
WHEN: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The Fur Shop will celebreate Fat Tuesday with Southern comfort shot girls from 9:30-10:30! Throughout the night there will be Mardi Gras giveaways including beads, shirts, masks, and sunglasses. Plus, $5 mini Hurricanes made with SoCo 80 all week long! DJ Such N Such on the stage for your dancing enjoyment. No cover charge, but it is 21 and older to enter.
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