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, March 2, 2019, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The 25th Annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade will Let the Good Times Roll with Royalty, Zydeco Allstars, Noble True Blue Band, and their beloved friend and family krewes rolling down Main Street in Oklahoma’s only Mardi Gras Parade and Norman’s original night parade. This is a family-friendly parade community, canine entries welcome. The theme for 2019 is “Silver Reign.”
Norman Hammon and Sheryl Martin are our official royalty for their dedication to Arts and Humanities in Norman for decades!
Plan to park early for a great spot close to Peters and Main, for those who do not like crowds, restaurants are open and Comanche is more chill, Main Street Event Center will have indoor fun for all.
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 9, 2019, from 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 16, 2019, from 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 23, 2019, at 8 PM
Join SixTwelve for all of the fun on February 23rd, at the historic Tower Theatre for their Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Ball! Dance the night away to the zydeco music of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band from Louisiana! Food by Picasso Cafe, Flowers by A Date with Iris, and a magical art auction featuring local artists. Event for 21+ only.
All proceeds go to supporting SixTwelve, their programming and scholarships for the children and adults that they serve.
WHERE: American Banjo Museum
9 East Sheridan Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 20149,
The American Banjo Museum will bring Bourbon Street and the spirit of the French Quarter to Bricktown with its annual Krewe de Banjo Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, March 2, 2019 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 East Sheridan.
Proceeds from this special event go to support the American Banjo Museum. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased online at americanbanjomuseum.com or by calling the museum at 405-604-2793.
WHERE: Crabtown in Bricktown and Pearl’s Oyster Bar
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 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 March 5.
“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. This year attendees can sign up on Crabtown’s Facebook page for a chance to compete in the contest.
WHERE: IDL Ballroom
230 East 1st Street, Tulsa
WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 2 pm to 6 pm
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!
For more details check their official website at tulsamardigrasmasquerade.com
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