Mardi Gras events in Connecticut

(WTNH)– Today is Fat Tuesday and while this may not be New Orleans, here in Connecticut we have our own Mardi Gras celebrations.

Here are some Mardi Gras events happening in the state today:

Mardi Gras Parade: Hartford will hold a Mardi Gras parade which kicks off on Pratt Street at 5:15 p.m. There will be beads, giant puppets and music. There will also be an after party at Bear’s Smokehouse on Arch Street with live music.

Black-eyed Sally’s: This Southern kitchen and bar in Hartford will features a $12.95 all you can eat southern BBQ buffet, drink specials, live music, stilt walkers, face-painting and beads.

Mardi Gras Party at Infinity Hall: This party includes Cajun-inspired food, drinks specials, party favors, a performance by Buckwheat Zydeco, a comedian/magician and a full marching band.

Mad About Mardi Gras at Foxwoods: Head over to Foxwoods for a pub crawl where there is food and drink specials at Hard Rock Cafe, Red Lantern, High Rollers, Scorpion Bar, Alta Strada, Cedars Bar and Lounge, Atrium Ba, Halo Bar, and Center Bar. You can also buy a $10 “Mad About Mardi Gras” bracelet to receive discounts, samples and be entered to win a prize.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Madness: The New Haven Free Public Library Foundations hosts a gala and silent auction that includes special cocktails, a live band, performers, dancing and a tempting auction.

New England Carousel Museum: This Louisiana style event celebrates Mardi Gras with live music, dancing, food and wine/bourbon tastings.

Mardi Gras Ball: Matthew’s Restaurant in Unionville hosts a dinner that includes Cajun/ Creole dishes like Louisiana craw-fish boil, catfish and chicken jambalaya, along with Hurricane cocktails and a live band.

Mardi Gras Party Middletown: La Boca restaurant will celebrate Mardi Gras with food specials, drink specials (including $10 Hurricanes all night), music from Sonic Nation, and of course colorful masks and beads.

Nay Hayden’s: This Real Pit Barbecue restaurant offers Cajun/ Creole specials like craw-fish bisque and fried shrimp PO-boy, along with Louisiana gumbo and jambalaya.

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