Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Boston
Mardi Gras is hidden right on Valentine’s Day eve this year and deserves just as much attention as V-Day. Not only because it’s tons of fun, but because it’s also a food holiday. Translated from French, Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday.” Who doesn’t want to celebrate a holiday called Fat Tuesday? We sure do and so does Boston! The city has lots of fun options to celebrate with New Orleans themed meals and parties. Grab your green, purple, and gold beads and get ready to partayyyy.
Quick history tid-bit: Ever wonder what the meaning behind the Mardi Gras colors is? Purple represents justice; green shows faith; and gold symbolizes power. These colors also frost a traditional King Cake, which is a rich, rolled up pastry in the shape of a bundt cake that’s usually made of brioche dough and filled with a sweet cinnamon filling. Keeping with tradition, a plastic baby is typically baked into the dough and whoever gets the baby in their slice of cake gets to be kind or queen for the night!
Check out these Boston spots to celebrate Mardi Gras!
Head over to one of the Summer Shack locations for a Louisiana-inspired feast to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Southern classics including gumbo, shrimp & grits, and twin stuffed crab backs will be offered as well as the classic Hurricane cocktail. If you’re not familiar with a Hurricane let us get you up to speed – it has light and dark rum, passionfruit juice, orange juice, lime juice and grenadine. Cheers!
Address: 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115
Address: 149 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02140
If you just can’t wait until Tuesday to celebrate and you need a last minute brunch option for today, head over to Club Passim for their Mardi Gras Live Music Brunch from 10am-2pm! Traditional New Orleans jazz will be performed by the Late Risers and the kitchen will offer NOLA-inspired items in addition to their regular brunch menu. No need to go all the way down to the bayou to enjoy the party, just head to Cambridge.
Address: 7 Palmer St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Enjoy some southern hospitality in New England at Boston’s favorite barbecue spot. They are hosting their annual crawfish boil to celebrate Fat Tuesday so book your spot now. Included in the ticket price is gumbo, crawfish boil, king cake, and a beer. Wanna bring us along? Because that sounds like a dinner we don’t want to miss!
Address: 1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
If you want to feel some NOLA vibes, head to Beat Brasserie for a special Mardi Gras menu and live music from Brian Thomas 2nd Line All Stars. All the classic cocktails will be on deck, sponsored by Berkshire Mountain Distillers – Hurricanes, Sazeracs, and French 75s, oh my! There will be duck and andouille gumbo as well as blackened catfish po’boys and much, much more.
Address: 13 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Now there’s one place in Boston who is really getting into Mardi Gras this year. The Back Bay Social Club is hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade from 7pm-10pm on Fat Tuesday. They say: “Find a mask, wear it well, so your true identity no one can tell!” What are you waiting for? Grab you friends, some masks, and register here. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to best costume. This costume party is NO joke.
Address: 867 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
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