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Let the Good Times Roll: Mardi Gras Events in Jacksonville

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Have you ever wanted to visit New Orleans on Fat Tuesday? Maybe dreamt of drinking Sazerac and eating King Cake at a restaurant on Bourbon Street? Thankfully, Mardi Gras isn’t just for those living in New Orleans, and many local JAX businesses and restaurants are celebrating the big day. It’s time to let the good times roll at these Mardi Gras events in Jacksonville

Wicked Barley’s Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Party has all of the fixings needed for a good time. The all-day celebration features beer releases, food specials, and live music. The new release line up includes King Cake Belgian, Chicory Coffee Milk Stout (Nitro), and a Hurricane Cider Slushy with 18% Rum Barrel Aged Mead Floater.

Special beer releases are while supplies last only and are not available to-go.

Staying with the theme, Wicked Barley has curated a food line-up that embodies Fat Tuesday. Food options include red beans & rice, beignets, macarons, and more! Enjoy all of this while the Junco Royals light up the stage.

Wicked Barley’s party is family-friendly but perfect for kids of all ages. 

What better way to celebrate Fat Tuesday than on the Bayou? The Volstead is bringing the Big Easy to Jacksonville with Sazeracs, jazz, and beignets! Plus, the night will feature themed cocktails, swamp decor, and “a little mystic mojo.”

Get into the madness at the Fat Tuesday Bayou Bash, one of the best Mardi Gras events in Jacksonville!

Other Mardi Gras Events in Jacksonville

💜 6th Annual Mardi Gras 5K Beach Run/Walk | FEB 20

*MORE EVENTS COMING SOON*

Socially Safe Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras

Make a Po'Boy

The easiest way to get into the NOLA spirit is through themed food! Whether it’s ordering from Copelands from New Orleans or making it fresh from scratch, either way, your stomach will be happy. For an easy, homemade po’boy sandwich recipe, please click here

📷 Copelands from New Orleans

Bake a King Cake

Preheat that oven and bake a King Cake! According to tradition, whoever finds the plastic baby located within the cake is the next to host the party. We linked a simple and easy to follow King Cake recipe here. If baking isn’t your strong suit, Cinotti’s Bakery offers custom King Cake’s and other themed treats.

📷 Cinotti's Bakery

Watch on Mardi Gras Movie

Want to skip the booze and partying this year? Cozy up on the couch with an excellent Mardi Gras-themed film! Believe it or not, there’s plenty of Hollywood content that features the NOLA celebration in some way, shape, or form. A complete list can be found on IMBD

Make a Sazerac

Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans, and ipso facto, Mardi Gras. Similar to an Old Fashioned, this cocktail highlights whiskey, bitters, and lemon. A classic recipe can be found here

Warning: this drink is NOT for those who don’t like a strong taste of alcohol. 

More Things to Do in Jacksonville

Now that you’re officially under the NOLA spell, throw on a DIY mask, order a po’boy, drink beer, and have a good time! We want to see you celebrating at these Mardi Gras events in Jacksonville. Send us a picture on Instagram and Facebook and using the #stufftodoinjacksonville – we might even re-share it to our social pages.

Happy Mardi Gras! 

Britta Moletz

Britta Moletz

Britta is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Pittsburgh City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Pittsburgh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinPittsburgh on Instagramand Facebook.

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