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NOLA comes to the Queen City for Carnival, Mardi Gras
There will be a lot of partying and bead throwing going on around town.
Published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 3:30 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

Carnival is a period of feasting and fun that begins each year on Jan. 19 and lasts until Fat Tuesday, a final day of revelry before Ash Wednesday, when Lent season – a time of fasting before Easter – begins.

Each year, New Orleans celebrates Fat Tuesday, which falls on Feb. 12 , with Mardi Gras – a tradition marked with music, parades, floats, drinking and bead-throwing. However, you don’t have to travel all the way to NOLA to get in on the action.

Charlotte Mardi Gras

On Feb. 8, the EpiCentre transforms into New Orleans’ French Quarter with decorations, special creole menus, and more as its tenants present Charlotte Mardi Gras Parade of Beads Celebration.  At 7 p.m., the DJ will crank up New Orleans Zydeco favorites along with other fitting songs such as the NOLA clap and New Orleans Bounce. Multiple Hurricane bars will be spread out through the first and second levels of the EpiCentre just as they line Bourbon St. The parade begins at 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.charlottemardigras.com.

 Carnival Charlotte

The Latin American Woman’s Association is hosting the 20th annual Carnival Charlotte on Feb. 9 at the Hilton Hotel downtown. This year’s theme will feature the Brazilian Carnival and Mardi Gras. Guests will be entertained by dance and music acts from Charlotte and beyond as they dine on Brazilian cuisine. Carnival Charlotte is LAWA’s biggest fundraiser. Proceeds will help fund college scholarships for Hispanic youth and women.

Tickets are $150 for the general pubic and available at www.lawanc.org or by calling (704) 552-1003.

Crown Jewels Links Mardi Gras

The Crown Jewels Chapter of the Links Inc. will host their ninth annual Mardi Gras fundraising event at the Westin Hotel on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Bite Your Tongue proprietors Lucius and Marine Johnson will serve as king and queen of the Mardi Gras.

Guests will dine on New Orleans cuisine and take part in traditional New Orleans-style line dancing, which includes hoisting decorated umbrellas. Masks and semi-formal attire are requested. This signature event raises funds for scholarships, educational advancement and various community outreach programs. Tickets are $100. Contact crownjewels@links.org for more information.

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

On Feb. 16 Bourbon St. comes to NoDa. The Mardi Gras Bar Crawl begins at 6 p.m. at Bourdreaux’s. For $10 presale or $15 the day of, guests can enjoy a night of bar hopping, beer, drink specials, free gumbo, souvenirs and giveaways. Other participating venues include Solstice Tavern, Blind Pig, Jack Beagle’s and Revolution Pizza and Ale House. For information, visit www.NoDaGras2013.eventbrite.com.

Lupus Mardi Gras

On Feb. 23, help “unmask the face of lupus” at the seventh annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala, which will be held at Extravaganza Depot. The event begins at 7 p.m. and features entertainment by Hot Sauce, Creole cuisine, silent auction, photo booth, casino, fortuneteller and more.

The celebration will include a Mardi Gras Masquerade Contest, King Cake luxury raffle, and crowning of the Gala king and queen. Proceeds benefit the Lupus Foundation of America Piedmont Chapter. Cost is $150 per person. For more details, visit www.lupus.org.


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