Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday Celebration Arizona Style

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FirstPhoto Mardi Gras Forever SabbaticalGet out your blue boa and a festive mask to celebrate Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) on Fat Tuesday. Check out how we kicked off the season with Mardi Gras in Arizona.

Mardi Gras ParadeJoker Mardi Gras Forever Sabbatical

The evening started with a Super Krewe Parade. The parade consisted of a custom Mardi Gras Float with a fabulous joker tossing out colorful beads. Behind the float was an authentic Jazz band playing joyful music. We joined the crowd, who followed behind singing and catching beads as we headed to the Bistro where we would indulge in our very own Fat Tuesday. Note: The crowd did not have to earn the beads the traditional way.Walking Jazz Band Mardi Gras Forever Sabbatical

New Orleans Brass Jazz BandBand Mardi Gras Forever Sabbatical

Once the parade of people arrived at the dining venue we witnessed the walking jazz band join a stage with drums and additional singers. We whisked away to the sounds of New Orleans as we participated in the evening festivities.

Taste of New OrleansSandwiches Mardi Gras Forever Sabbatical

A spectacular buffet featuring the Taste of New Orleans awaited us. Everyone indulged in all the culinary pleasures on Fat Tuesday. Such as:

  • Crescent City Baby Mixed Greens carrots, cucumber, cherry tomato, goat cheese, sherry vinaigrette
  • Brennan’s Creole Green Beans caramelized onion roasted red peppers with applewood smoked bacon
  • Antoine’ s Chicken Thigh and Andouille Jambalaya crushed tomato, tri-colored peppers, fresh herbs
  • Emeril Lagasse BAM Dirty Rice short rib, pork shoulder, green onions
  • Commanders Palace Gumbo shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken, okra, peppers, and scallions
  • Central Grocery Muffulettas olive tapenade, salami, capicola, mortadella, provolone, ciabatta
  • K – Pauls Cajun Shrimp Boil creole sausage, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoGumbo Mardi Gras Forever Sabbatical

King Cake and MoreDeserts Mardi Gras Forever Sabbatical

The evening continued with the traditional King Cake with every piece having a baby in it.
In addition, there was Bananas Fosters, Café Du Monde Beignets honey and powdered sugar and Strawberry Cheesecake.Cake Mardi Gras Forever Sabbatical

Palm Reading and Tarot Cards

We almost missed the palm readers and tarot card readers. One of the event coordinators came around to the dining tables and let everyone know the location of the readers. I finished up my meal and headed over to have my palm read. It was fun, as I have not had a reading before.

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday Celebration Arizona StyleColor cups Mardi Gras Forever Sabbatical

Have you been to New Orleans or Mardi Gras event before? If yes, did you have the King Cake?

24 thoughts on “Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday Celebration Arizona Style
  1. So fun! I’ve never been to New Orleans but it’s on my list – I think a long weekend there would be a ton of fun.

  2. Mardi Gras in Arizona? Cool! The Mexican influenced food rather than Creole in New Orleans looks yummy too

    1. 🙂 Great question. The Palm Reading was accurate and she gave some advice to follow. 🙂

  3. How cool, this sounds like so much fun!! Would love to have something like this local! Is this new for AZ, or something that’s been celebrated for years?

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