How to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Arizona

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It’s Mardi Gras and everyone should be celebrating, even if you're not one of the 1.5 million people in New Orleans right now. 

There are some alternative celebrations you can be apart of right here in Arizona.

It's a two-fer at any Snooze AM Eatery today. They're doing King's Cake Pancakes for National Pancake Day. It wouldn't be Mardi Gras without a little extra something. If you find a Jack on your pancake, you'll receive some Snooze swag.

The Melting Pot posted on their social media that they have a “fun twist on the New Orleans classic” with their Banana Foster Fondue. If you couldn’t make it to New Orleans this year, you can stop by to get a little piece of Mardi Gras here.

Fat Tuesday’s in Tempe, will be celebrating and kicking off their party today as early as 11 a.m. going all the way until 2 a.m. tomorrow. They will have great food, drinks and plenty of room on the dance floor. Oh, and beads, you cannot forget the beads!

Tonight at El Hefe's in Tempe and Scottsdale, they are having a contest. Who ever can collect the most beads by 1:30 a.m. wins two tickets to New Orleans. Best not to bring the kids to that one, folks.

There is a Mardi Gras celebration for kids at the Vista Grande Public Library today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. On their Facebook event, they say there will be “King Cake, mask making, music, and a limbo contest to crown the Mardi Gras King and Queen!”

Although it’s a little far from the Valley, in Tucson, Hotel Congress is hosting a free Mardi Gras event. The celebration starts at 6 p.m. today. King Cake will be served along with other food and drink specials. There will also be face painters, tarot card readers, and live music for everyone’s enjoyment.

If you don’t have time to celebrate this Fat Tuesday, don’t worry there is an event on Sunday, February 18. It's Mardi Gras with Arizona Classic Jazz Society at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort and Conference Center in Chandler, Ariz. Three bands are set to play from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages are welcome and anyone under the age of 17 are free for entry.

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