Mardi Gras Las Vegas
If a jaunt to The Big Easy this Mardi Gras is not in the cards head on over to Sin City for Mardi Gras Las Vegas, where you won’t have to work as hard for those beads but the sinning will be comparable. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual Lenten sacrifices and fasting of the Lenten season. Traditionally celebrated in New Orleans, the spirit of Mardi Gras has found its way further west in Las Vegas, and Club de Soleil is the perfect home base for all wannabe party gras visitors with it’s central location to the action. Although Mardi Gras normally falls on March 1, 2022, Mardi Gras Las Vegas in true Las Vegas fashion extends the festivities to span over a week. And with Las Vegas weather in March as temperate as it is, this timeline of festivities are appreciated by both tourists and locals alike.
Fat Tuesday Las Vegas
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Begin your Fat Tuesday Las Vegas adventure with a sugar rush at Fat Tuesday Las Vegas where the libations are epic, the portions gigantic, and the servings are portable! That’s right, in Vegas it’s legal to take your drinks off site so stock up on your boozy fuel for the rest of the night by making this first pit stop. Take our shuttle to Tropicana on The Strip and head on over to Fat Tuesday Las Vegas at MGM Grand and you’re almost there!
Mardi Gras Celebration Las Vegas
Mardi Gras Parade at the Orleans Hotel
4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103
On Tuesday Feb 25th, the casino will host a Mardi Gras Las Vegas parade where a live Dixieland band will blow the horn off the mundane as they serenade the casino floor with joy from 2:00pm-8:00pm. This annual celebration of mayhem is adorned in all the traditional fanfare one might come to expect from its southern counterpart. With some signature boozy cocktails to match, it will be hard deciphering this celebration from the one in New Orleans. Check back with The Orleans closer to the date of the event for updated pricing for admission. If it’s nippy outside, don’t fret, these festivities all take place indoors. Mardi Gras girls will be passing out those beads so make sure you have your game face on.
No Prohibition on Fun
1923 Prohibition Bar
3930 Las Vegas Blvd S STE 101, Las Vegas, NV 89119
If Las Vegas weather in March gets frosty during the day, save your energy for NOLA Nights at 1923 Prohibition Bar at Mandalay Bay. For years, Prohibition Bar has put its signature sordid fun on this Louisiana themed soiree with live music, burlesque dancers, and Mardi Gras inspired everything, the bead collecting here is always an unforgettable riot. Check it out on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. Admission prices are still TBA.
By now you probably need some sustenance to sop up all the boozy fun you’ve had.. and maybe a few moments to reflect on all the dignity you lost for those beads. Check out these savory outposts featuring some of the city’s best Creole cuisine.
Hot and Juicy
3663 S Las Vegas Blvd #590, Las Vegas, NV 89109
No Creole cuisine is not complete without some Louisiana crawfish and Hot and Juicy knows just how to serve this up in true southern fashion: HOT! Grab a bib and dig into some of the best seafood boils in town. Prices are reasonable but that lingering seafood smell isn’t- so try planning your crawfish towards the end of your day so you don’t smell too authentic during Mardi Gras Las Vegas.
Pier 88 Boiling Seafood & Bar
5825 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
For some slightly elevated seafood from Hot and Juicy, check out Pier 88 Boiling Seafood and Bar. The southern boils here are fully customizable and offer some great Crab and other shellfish options. Check those market prices before gorging on too much… seafood can get expensive!
Mississippi Mary’s Soul Food Cafe
3923 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
This southern kitchen is as authentic as it gets, and the bevy of diners willing to make the 20 minute trek from Club De Soleil to grab some nosh at this eatery speaks volumes of the flavors being served up here daily. Among their extensive soul offerings this place is known city wide for having some mean gumbo. For something heartier, their chicken and waffles are also legendary. Top it all off with some delicious peach cobbler, sweet potato or pecan pie or banana pudding- all their desserts are worth the pilgrimage alone.
Saint Honore Donuts and Beignets
9460 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147
There’s no sweet tooth better than a Louisiana one and Saint Honore Donuts and Beignets proves this nightly with their selection of fresh made to order beignets. Although Beignets are usually served in New Orleans as breakfast fare with powdered sugar on top, they hold up at all times of the day as a sweet treat. Like tradition, Saint Honore prepares them right before consumption to be eaten fresh and piping hot. In the United States, beignets have been synonymous with New Orleans Creole cuisine and is usually served as a dessert.