Los Angeles Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday Celebrations
Beads, bands, jambalaya and more: Celebrate at these Los Angeles Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday parties.
Mardi Gras at The Farmers Market
March 1-2, 4. At the 25th anniversary of LA’s most colorful Mardi Gras event, celebrate with traditional New Orleans and Zydeco music, bead-throwing, strolling parade bands, arts and crafts and face painting for kids, authentic Cajun food, beer, and much more. The event kicks off on Saturday with the annual “Mutti Gras” pet parade and costume contest. Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com
Pearl’s Mardi Gras Masquerade Party
March 4. Take a trip to Bourbon Street without leaving West Hollywood at Pearl’s Masquerade Party. Revel on the bar’s two-story deck overlooking the Sunset Strip and celebrate with Bayou-inspired food and drink specials complete with a seafood boil, gumbo and their Pearl’s Hurricane (dark rum, light rum, passion fruit puree, orange juice, lime and grenadine topped with Lillet Blanc and pineapple foam). Masks will be provided and you’re more than welcome to bring your own. 8909 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, 310.360.6800. pearlsliquorbar.com
March 4. Known for its 180-degree views of the Marina del Rey Harbor, Whiskey Red’s offers fresh seafood and amazing sunsets in a relaxed, casual coastal atmosphere. Stop by their Mardi Gras celebration features a jazz band and DJ, New Orleans-inspired menu, raw oysters on the patio and more. 7-9 p.m. 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.4522. whiskeyreds.com
Dominick’s and Little Dom’s
March 4. Creator of one of the best Po’ Boys in town, New Orleans native, chef Brandon Boudet shares his love of Louisiana and Italian cuisine for Mardi Gras. At both Dominick’s and Little Dom’s dine on menu specials like jambalaya, gumbo, Po Boys (either roast beef or soft shell crab), boudin balls. King Cake, and more. Dominick’s, 8715 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood; Little Dom’s, 2128 Hillhurst Ave., L.A.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Through March 4. Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company takes over the taps at both Plan Check Kitchen + Bar locations through March 4. To pair with brew offerings like Mardi Gras Bock (at the Fairfax location), Amber (at the Sawtelle location), Turbodog, Purple Haze and more, Executive chef Ernesto Uchimura has created a special Cajun Shrimp Burger (shrimp and andouille sausage patty stacked with fried pickled okra, and remoulade sauce, served on a panko crunch bun) perfect for sharing. 351 N. Fairfax Ave., 310.288.6500; 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.288.6500. plancheck.com