Mardi Gras In Memphis!

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 15th 2015 3806 0

Mardi Gras is this Tuesday, February 17. While it looks like we might all be having a "Mardi Gras Night In" to avoid icy roads (please do avoid icy roads) here's a list of events, weather permitting, to celebrate Fat Tuesday in Memphis. Before you head out to anything, please check weather forecasts and cancellations. As of 8:30 a.m., it appears most everything is still on except the parade, which has been cancelled. I'm still waiting on confirmation for the Sheffield Antiques party.

I'm also still giving away a pair of tickets to the Fat Tuesday Party at Mid-South Food Bank in case it happens. Scroll to the last entry in this post to find out how to enter. **Givewawy ended: congrats to Crystal, who won the tickets**

King Cake La Baguette
King Cake from La Baguette.

Have a classy Mardi Gras meal at Sweet Grass.
Sweet Grass will have Mardi Gras specials on Fat Tuesday, including Gumbo, Red Stick Corn Dogs, Crawfish Nachos Etouffe, Brisket Po Body, Red Beas and Rice, and Beignets, plus Hurricanes for $3 and domestic beer buckets for $13.

Do the first-ever Breakaway Running Fat Tuesday Pub CrawlThe run has been cancelled due to weather.
Be a part of history as Breakaway Running sponsors this free pub crawl for the first time. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Overton Square Breakaway running store and goes to Memphis Made Tap Room, Slider Inn, Zebra Lounge, and The Bayou. You'll need to read all the rules and details here.

Go to the parade on Beale Street  The parade has been cancelled due to weather.
Catch some beads (no nudity required – it's going to be way too cold for that anyways) at the Memphis Mardi Gras Parade at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. If I can find out more details on this, I'll let you know. 

Celebrate at Lafayette's on Tuesday or Wednesday.
On Tuesday night, the Bluff City Backsliders go on at 7 p.m. with hurricane drink specials, free beads, king cake, and more. On Wednesday, celebrate "Pardi Gras" with New Orleans funk band Dumpstaphunk at 8 p.m. Wednesday's cover is $20+ for seating, $15+ standing room only.

Have a Local Mardi Gras feast.
Head to Local Gastropub downtown or Local on the Square in Overton Square for a Mardi Gras feast with boiled crawfish, gumbo, red beans and rice, Abita beer and other drink specials. DJ Tax will be at Local on the Square.

Have Cocktails for Equality with the TEP.
Head to Grawemeyer's (520 South Main St.) to support the Tennessee Equality Project with "Cocktails for Equality" on Fat Tuesday with drink specials starting at 3 p.m. and food specials starting at 5 p.m.

Hear the Mighty Souls Brass Band.
Get your fill of NOLA-inspired, Memphis-infused music at The Bayou on Tuesday. The party goes from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. with drink specials: $10 buckets, $3 pints/Abita bottles, and $4 shooters. Crawfish is a possibility.

Go for Crawfish and Karaoke at Juicy Jim's
Local hip-hop artists Tori Who Dat and Preauxx will take the stage with DJ Spaceage at Juicy Jim's (551 S. Highland) for a Mardi Gras themed karaoke night with crawfish, king cake, and other food and drinks. Doors open at 7 p.m.; karaoke starts at 8 p.m.

Drinks and Snacks at Terrace At The River Inn
Sit on the covered Mini Muffalettas, fried shrimp, oyster sliders, and drink specials ($2.50 domestics, $4 well drinks, $6 Hurricanes, Bloody Marys, Sazeracs and Mint Juleps).

Eat some NOLA-inspired food.
For Cajun / Creole / New Orleans style food in Memphis anytime (not just on Fat Tuesday) head to one of these places:
The Second Line 
Déjà Vu
Owen Brennan's 
The Bayou 

Get a King Cake.
"Where can you get a king cake in Memphis?" is a question I get pretty often around this time of year. Of course you could grab one from Kroger, but if you want other options, La Baguette has a limited number of King Cake's available for about 20 dollars (be sure to call ahead at 901-458-0900). Tart may also be able to make one for you with 24 hours notice (call 901-725-0091) and it's $27 for a two pound cake.

I got a tip from reading Paul Ryburn's Journal that Qahwa Coffee Bar downtown serves King Cake lattes, including Mardi Gras sprinkles until after the 17th. Also only available until the 17th is LBOE's "Throw Me Something Mister" burger (pictured below). 

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Party Big for the Mid-South Food Bank *waiting on confirmation that this is still happening
It's time for the huge annual Mardi Gras party at the sprawling Sheffield Antiques Mall in Collierville; the party is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and features five Cajun food stations throughout the mall, plus beer, wine, and margaritas, and live music. Tickets are just $15 for all of that, which provides 45 meals to people in need (since 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Mid-South Food Bank). 

However, if you're in need of some free tickets, I am giving away a pair to this Fat Tuesday Party. All you have to do to win is leave me a comment on this post and I'll do a random drawing on Monday at 4 p.m. to choose a winner. **Givewawy ended: congrats to Crystal, who won the tickets**

Happy Mardi Gras, Memphis!

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. […] Go to the parade on Beale Street. Catch some beads (no nudity required – it’s going to be way too cold for that anyways) at the Memphis Mardi Gras Parade at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. If I …read more […]

  2. Sarah says:

    Happy Marti Gras! I'd love to go! 

  3. Allison says:

    Thanks for the king cake details. Would love to win tickets to the Fat Tuesday party!

  4. zoey says:

    Would love to win the tickets!!

  5. JJ says:

    Coming to Memphis from Illinois to celebrate Fat Tuesday and a friend's 40th birthday! 

  6. Erica says:

    I'd love tickets for my husband and I to the Fat Tuesday Party! Great way to end his birthday! 

  7. hallie says:

    that king cake burger looks insane. 

  8. Anne says:

    Mardi Gras!

  9. Laurie lee says:

    Great information. Thank you so much! The event looks like so much fun for a great cause!

  10. Lori Moore says:

    I would love to partake in this event. I hope I win! 

  11. Becky says:

    Hope I am the lucky won!  Sounds like a fun evening!

  12. Foodnerd says:

    i miss New Orleans during this time of year! a king cake and a Fat Tuesday party would be good for the soul

  13. Valerie says:

    Please give me a reason to wear this beautiful purple dress I bought! 

  14. Crystal Walker says:

    Count me in! 

  15. Whitney Stovall says:

    Would love to win the Mardi gras tickets!!

  16. Ruth says:

    Happy Mardi Gras!

  17. I would love to go to such a great fundraiser!

  18. Laura A says:

    What a great way to spend fat Tuesday! 

  19. Whitney Wiliams says:

    Laissez les bon temps roulez

  20. Melissa says:

    Love Mardi Gras would love to go and it would be a great date night! Have not been able to have a date night in 2 months with my husband. This would be perfect for us.

  21. Kaitlin Edwards says:

    I would love to go!!

  22. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I'm a New Orleans native &I'd lovetoattend! We miss Mardis Gras.

  23. Lexi Bee says:

    Just in the nick of time (I hope I'm not too late). Hoping to get selected for the free tickets. Thanks for this awesome post!

  24. Lanette Watson says:

    Red Stick corn dogs? Must have been an Ole Miss fan’s idea.

  25. Curt Carie says:

    Fat Tuesday Party at High Point Pub with blues legend Delta Joe Sanders.

  26. […] made it to work all in one piece. There are still some Fat Tuesday events that you can check out here. If you’re looking for live music in Memphis, don’t forget that I publish a guide the […]

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