Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” celebrates the “Carnival season”. Marking the first day of Lent, it falls the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday; however in Sacramento the parties can start early and run late, so get your beads ready.  There are host of celebrations to attend around the county, these are some of the best in Sacramento.

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Mardi Gras Ball of Sacramento

Price: $175 – Table for six
Hours: Feb. 18th, 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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For those looking for a spiritual, soulful, cultural Mardi Gras event, look no further, the Mardi Gras Ball of Sacramento is the place to be. Featuring a King and Queen processional, authentic Creole cuisine, dancing, live music and entertainment. While the dinner will offer free beads to the partying patrons, a Mardi Gras Brunch to benefit the homeless and a daytime “family event” will also be offered earlier in the day.

Mardi Gras 2012 Celebration Pub Crawl

Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

In the heart of Old Sacramento, the Mardi Gras 2012 celebration will continue. On this Mardi Gras roster, party-goers will find live music and entertainment, while they party their way through a self guided pub crawl. VIP tickets to access a dozen bars in Old Sac will be available. Beads and drink specials are on the menu at the clubs, pubs and bars throughout the crawl.

Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Winner of Sacramento’s “best place to karaoke”, The River City Saloon will host its Mardi Gras Party with live music from Western Lights and at 9 p.m. kick off some of their famed sing-a-longs. Poor Boy Sandwich specials will feed the hungry and drink specials will be flowing.

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Date:  Feb. 21, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Touted as one of the only authentic Cajun eateries in Sacramento, Hot & Spicy Cafe New Orleans will be offer up specials on a ‘Nawlins food fave Beignets and Hurricane drink specials. Live music by Sabor will fill the air. Expect costumes, beads and so much more as you party the night away.

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Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. –  9 p.m.

Quench your Mardi Gras thirst and fill your belly at Fats. Its event specials will include Canjun crab cakes, jambalaya and blackened swordfish. With a full bar and an expected costumed clientele Fats will pour Bourbon Street Punch for the celebration.

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