Where to Celebrate Fat Tuesday

Here are four spots to eat, drink and dance before Lent begins.


Want to get into the Mardi Gras spirit? Read on.


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1. Celebrations on Market Mardi Gras Party

3–11 p.m. | Live music by Universal Funk Order, Creole, and House Blends by DJ Zip. Enjoy a Cajun buffet featuring a crayfish boil, gumbo and étouffée. | $15, 340 S. Market St., Wilmington, 654-2014, celebrationsonmarket.com


2. Family Mardi Gras at The Greene Turtle

11 a.m.–midnight | Enjoy food, drinks and happy hour specials. Kids eat for free and can make Mardi Gras masks to take home. | Multiple locations, thegreeneturtle.com


3. Fat Tuesday at North Quarter Creole

11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. | Head to North Quarter Creole for live music from the Fifty Fives. | 837 N. Union St., Wilmington, 691-7890, northquartercreole.com

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The menu will include:

  • Crawfish Boil: Crawfish (fresh from New Orleans), andouille sausage, shrimp, corn on the cob and potatoes cooked in spices and butter
  • New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp: Steamed shrimp in Worcestershire beer-butter sauce served with grilled bread
  • Voodoo shrimp and grits with cornbread
  • Blackened catfish over dirty rice with corn relish
  • Seafood Gumbo: Crawfish tails, shrimp, crab and catfish over rice served with cornbread
  • Jambalaya: Andouille sausage, blackened chicken and shrimp in jambalaya sauce and rice
  • Nola Sampler: Boudin pork sausage links, andouille sausage and alligator boudin sausage served with chipotle and Creole mustard voodoo BBQ sauces and grilled bread
  • Shrimp Po Boy: Breaded fried shrimp, chipotle slaw and dill pickles with red beans and rice
  • Beignets with salted caramel sauce
  • Drink specials (Hurricanes, Mint Juleps, Sazeracs, Bayou Bombs and Frozen Irish Jameson Coffee)


4. Fat Tuesday Paint and Sip at Ernest & Scott

6–8 p.m. | Paint a Mardi Gras mask on a 16 x 20 canvas. No experience is required. One happy hour drink special is included. Register on Kennett Design’s website. | $39, Ernest & Scott Taproom, 920 N. Market St., Wilmington, 384-8113, www.ernestandscott.com

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