The Tuesday before Lent, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is a traditional day of celebration and festivities before the contemplation and abstinence of the Lenten season.
Cleveland may be a thousand miles from New Orleans and several thousand from Rio, but the city still knows how to throw a Mardi Gras party. Mardi Gras 2013 is February 12.
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Salmon Dave's, in Rocky River, celebrates Mardi Gras all season long with elaborate drink specials, spicy creole cuisine, and a friendly festive atmosphere. The party continues on Tuesday with live music in the bar, beads, and lots of fun.
19015 Old Lake Rd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
At Paladar, the celebration is called Carnaval, but don't let the name change fool you. It's a Fat Tuesday party alright. The festivities include a live Latin band, half-off mojitos and complimentary beads as well as a host of Brazilian food specials. The party lasts from 11am to 2am. Reservations are a good idea.
28601 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere, OH 44122
The Cleveland Aquarium
and Cleveland Scene Magazine are hosting a Mardi Gras party on February 12th with masks and beads, food, drink and a DJ for dancing. The event takes place at the shark exhibit from 7pm to 10pm and admission is $25 per person. Over 21 only.