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How to Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Mile High City

Recreate Bourbon Street at some of these Southern inspired spots around town.

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No matter what the occasion, Denver knows how to celebrate. Next week, before the Easter fast begins, locals and bars are taking the opportunity to infuse some New Orleans flavor into the Mile High City with all sorts of different Fat Tuesday celebrations. As one would expect, there will be countless plastic beads, babies in cakes and lots of seafood and spirited beverages. Some places, like RiNo's Exdo (host to a large format party) and Oskar Blues in Longmont are going full bash with everything from a parade to a community cake while others, like Devil's Food and Bayou Bob's, are focusing on traditional food. Many places bring the hurricanes and live music to the mix to add some bling to the celebration.

So get out those feathered masks and put on your game face, 'cuz for Mardi Gras in the Mile High, laissez le bon temps rouler ... or, let the good times roll!

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Bayou Bob's

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Dare if you will to try Bayou Bob's Fat Tuesday "Liquid-ation," as the deep south inspired restaurant serves up crawfish cakes, alligator tails, fried picked, chicken wings, hush puppies and more.
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Devil's Food

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Devil's Food will host a latte art throw down for Fat Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with swag and prizes from La Marzocco, Mahlkonig, Middle State Coffee, and more. While you're at it, get some appropriately served crawfish, gumbo and drinks at The Cookery.
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Exdo Event Center

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Bourbon Street gets recreated in the heart of Denver as 2,000 of your nearest and dearest wander around the event center and Tracks Nightclub, collecting beads and sipping on hurricanes. With live music, a slushy bar, jesters, drum leaders, a crawfish boil with etoufee and gumbo, it'll be a sight to see.
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Katherine's French Bakery

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Through February 28, Katherine's is baking up fresh-to-order king cakes – a cross between a coffee cake and French pastry – with your choice of cinnamon sugar, raspberry, chocolate, pecan or almond fillings. Covered in white icing and topped with colorful Carnaval colors – purple (for justice), gold (for power) and green (for faith), bring your appetite and competitive spirit as friends and family plot to find the plastic baby inside.
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Lil Devils Lounge

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Two New Orleans style parties on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Fat Tuesday – the 28th – include live musical performances, discounted hurricanes and lots and lots of beads.
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Lucile's Creole Cafe

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At one of the six Lucile's locations they say, "Everyday is Mardi Gras..." with the consistent creole and cajun fare. For the holiday, the restaurants will have king cake and hurricanes, as well as beignets, shrimp and grits.
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Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids

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Ceck out the new event space in Longmont just in time for a Mardi Gras-themed bash. Featuring, tunes, beer, and killer Cajun food – from oysters to gator bites – at the Tasty Weasel, wait for the a parade and community king cake to close out the evening.
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Stoney's Bar and Grill

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Saturday, Feb. 25 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stoney's celebrates their 6th annual Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil with live music by the BlueKrewe, beads, king cakes and, of course, countless pounds of crawfish.
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The Pig & The Sprout

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For "swine, wine and a good time," come to The Pig & The Sprout on Fat Tuesday for a crawfish boil with turbo dogs, hurricanes and music by the Louisiana lobsters. The boil starts at 3 p.m.
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ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop

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Bop over to the Ballpark neighborhood to celebrate 2017's Mardi Gras with a special menu and cocktails galore on the Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th.
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Wibby Brewing Company

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For a Fat Tuesday feast, chock full of crawdads, poutine, moon pies and king cake cupcakes, trek up to this Longmont taproom, where Wood Smokehouse will be serving up heaping plates for just $10.
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Big Choice Brewing

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Bringing New Orleans to Broomfield, the cajun saison beer, made specially for the Mardi Gras season, is spiced with paprika, thyme, cayenne and a touch of lemon. Alongside some king cake and beads, you've got yourself a celebration.
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Nono's Cafe

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With an eclectic menu in the suburbs of Denver, enjoy the cajun and creole style fare for Mardi Gras at this Littleton cafe.
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The Asian Cajun

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Though these two cuisines might not immediately go hand in hand, this might just be the closes thing to Bourbon Street you get in the Mile High. Try the mix of Vietnamse cuisine with cajun and creole influence.
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Bayou Bob's

Dare if you will to try Bayou Bob's Fat Tuesday "Liquid-ation," as the deep south inspired restaurant serves up crawfish cakes, alligator tails, fried picked, chicken wings, hush puppies and more.
Facebook

Devil's Food

Devil's Food will host a latte art throw down for Fat Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with swag and prizes from La Marzocco, Mahlkonig, Middle State Coffee, and more. While you're at it, get some appropriately served crawfish, gumbo and drinks at The Cookery.
Facebook

Exdo Event Center

Bourbon Street gets recreated in the heart of Denver as 2,000 of your nearest and dearest wander around the event center and Tracks Nightclub, collecting beads and sipping on hurricanes. With live music, a slushy bar, jesters, drum leaders, a crawfish boil with etoufee and gumbo, it'll be a sight to see.
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Katherine's French Bakery

Through February 28, Katherine's is baking up fresh-to-order king cakes – a cross between a coffee cake and French pastry – with your choice of cinnamon sugar, raspberry, chocolate, pecan or almond fillings. Covered in white icing and topped with colorful Carnaval colors – purple (for justice), gold (for power) and green (for faith), bring your appetite and competitive spirit as friends and family plot to find the plastic baby inside.
Katherine's French Bakery & Cafe Facebook

Lil Devils Lounge

Two New Orleans style parties on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Fat Tuesday – the 28th – include live musical performances, discounted hurricanes and lots and lots of beads.
Andra Zeppelin

Lucile's Creole Cafe

At one of the six Lucile's locations they say, "Everyday is Mardi Gras..." with the consistent creole and cajun fare. For the holiday, the restaurants will have king cake and hurricanes, as well as beignets, shrimp and grits.
Foodspotting

Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids

Ceck out the new event space in Longmont just in time for a Mardi Gras-themed bash. Featuring, tunes, beer, and killer Cajun food – from oysters to gator bites – at the Tasty Weasel, wait for the a parade and community king cake to close out the evening.
Oskar Blues Facebook

Stoney's Bar and Grill

Saturday, Feb. 25 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stoney's celebrates their 6th annual Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil with live music by the BlueKrewe, beads, king cakes and, of course, countless pounds of crawfish.
Stoney's Facebook

The Pig & The Sprout

For "swine, wine and a good time," come to The Pig & The Sprout on Fat Tuesday for a crawfish boil with turbo dogs, hurricanes and music by the Louisiana lobsters. The boil starts at 3 p.m.
Facebook

ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop

Bop over to the Ballpark neighborhood to celebrate 2017's Mardi Gras with a special menu and cocktails galore on the Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th.
Andra Zeppelin

Wibby Brewing Company

For a Fat Tuesday feast, chock full of crawdads, poutine, moon pies and king cake cupcakes, trek up to this Longmont taproom, where Wood Smokehouse will be serving up heaping plates for just $10.
Facebook

Big Choice Brewing

Bringing New Orleans to Broomfield, the cajun saison beer, made specially for the Mardi Gras season, is spiced with paprika, thyme, cayenne and a touch of lemon. Alongside some king cake and beads, you've got yourself a celebration.
Big Choice Brewing Facebook

Nono's Cafe

With an eclectic menu in the suburbs of Denver, enjoy the cajun and creole style fare for Mardi Gras at this Littleton cafe.
Nono's Cafe Facebook

The Asian Cajun

Though these two cuisines might not immediately go hand in hand, this might just be the closes thing to Bourbon Street you get in the Mile High. Try the mix of Vietnamse cuisine with cajun and creole influence.
Thrillist

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