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Destination Cleveland Offers Ideas to Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Land
CLEVELAND (Feb. 24, 2017) - Mardi Gras is a celebration known for its bead necklaces, glittery masks, huge parades, extravagant parties and tons of food. While many may associate the holiday with New Orleans, Clevelanders put their own twist on the festivities. Destination Cleveland's list of Mardi Gras celebrations and must-eat meals will help locals get ready for a lively and gut-busting week.
Party Mardi Gras Style
Flats East Bank Mardi Gras Crawl
Keep the party hoppin' by stopping in to one of
the nine different venues in the Flats
East Bank for the second annual Mardi
Gras Crawl on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Guests can celebrate
with food and drink specials and live entertainment at venues like Alley
Cat Oyster Bar, Beerhead
Bar & Eatery and Punch
Bowl Social Cleveland. Continue to the
after party in the Ernst & Young Tower lobby which includes a performance
by Cats On Holiday and giveaways.
- Check in: Ernst & Young Tower Lobby, 950 Main Ave., Cleveland, 44113
Fasching at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
Cleveland's take on Mardi Gras - Fasching - features a Bavarian twist with
food, beads, live entertainment and of course, their signature brews. Guests
are encouraged to gather a few friends, jump up on a table for drinks and dance
their way through the day. The event will start at 11 a.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb.
- 1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland, 44114
House of Blues Mardi Gras Party
At the House
of Blues, Mardi Gras is a celebration that extends throughout the week. For
one last hoorah on March 4, residents can enjoy a Mardi
Gras Party that will feature Saved by the 90's on the main stage and other
musical groups throughout the venue. The entire house will be rockin'. Doors
open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m.
- 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44114
Get a Taste of New Orleans
The Bourbon Street Barrel Room
Cleveland or New Orleans? It's hard to tell the
difference at The Bourbon
Street Barrel Room in Tremont. This New Orleans-style restaurant offers
Creole-and Cajun-style cuisine including beignets, crawfish etouffee and
jambalaya. Brews and spirits flow here with 30 rotating craft beers and New
Orleans signature cocktails including hurricanes, classic old fashioneds and Cajun
- 2393 Professor Ave., Cleveland, 44113
Heinen's Downtown Cleveland
Instead of Fat Tuesday, Heinen's in Downtown
Cleveland is celebrating a few days early with Fat
Friday and Fat
Saturday. At these Mardi Gras-themed events, guests can enjoy beer and wine
paired with Cajun-inspired food samplings beneath the beautiful Cleveland Trust
Rotunda. Tickets are $15, and the event will take place tonight, Friday, Feb.
24 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 2 - 4 p.m.
- 900 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor Rotunda, Cleveland, 44115
Mardi Gras Brunch at Music Box
Sunday is meant for brunch, and the Fat
Sunday Mardi Gras Brunch with Mo Mojo at Music Box Supper Club is the perfect way to start off the day. Guests
can get a taste of Louisiana with a brunch buffet featuring blackened Creole chicken,
Cajun gumbo, smoked bacon and sausage, fresh fruit and a build-your-own Bloody
Mary bar. Cleveland band Mo Mojo will keep the party atmosphere going with zydeco
music, a music style native to southwest Louisiana.
- 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland, 44113
Mardi Gras at Merwin's Wharf
Ever eaten a fried alligator tail? Catfish, okra
and alligator are not typical Cleveland menu options, but these foods and more will
be featured at Mardi
Gras at Merwin's Wharf on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28. In addition, Blues Chronicles will
keep toes tapping with live music. Doors open at 5 p.m., and reservations are
- 1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland, 44113
Indulge and Treat Yourself
West Side Market
National Paczki Day is on Feb. 28 - which just
happens to be Fat Tuesday. Coincidence? Don't think so! The West
Side Market has multiple vendors who will be selling the delicious Polish paczki
pastry. For those who are looking for a more savory meal, stop at a seafood
vendor and pick up a pound of fresh shrimp to create traditional Creole meals
like jambalaya or shrimp gumbo.
- 1979 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 44113
All City Candy
Mardi Gras is the time to indulge in all of your
favorite treats. From chocolate delights to fruity favorites, All City
Candy can help fulfill any sugar fix. This candy megastore is stocked
wall-to-wall with sweet snacks. Not a candy fanatic? They also have gourmet
chocolate-covered pretzels, cookies and other treats that are hand-dipped
- 746 Richmond Road, Cleveland, 44143
Fish Fry Fridays
Whether it's at a local church or restaurant,
fish fry Fridays are a staple in Cleveland. If guests are fishing for options, Prosperity
Social Club puts on one of the
best fish fries in town during the lunch hour. Guests have a full plate of
options, from beer-battered haddock fish with homemade tartar sauce to old-school-style
mac and cheese and potato pierogis. "Fry-days" will take place every Friday
from March 3 through April 14 from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
- 1109 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, 44113
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