Mardi Gras In Memphis!
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**
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 Crawl. The 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).
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!