Mardi Gras 2019 Parties in Miami
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March 5th is Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, a New Orleans holiday that coincides with the last day of Brazil’s most popular holiday, Mardi Gras. Miami celebrates both.
Carnival is the brief period of feasting and, in some cases, excessive partying, before devout Christians begin their Lent or their 40-day fast. This year Lent begins on Ash Wednesday March 6th and lasts until April 18th in the Roman Catholic faith. This time is intended to commemorate Jesus’ journey through the Jewish desert.
Miami doesn’t have a city-wide celebration like the Big Easy or Rio de Janeiro. However, there should be enough pub crawls, block parties, and other adult-only events to wander around.
Check the date for each event. The parties start this weekend and last all of the next week.
American Social Brickell. If you can’t make it to Bourbon Street, American Social Brickell will bring it to you on Friday March 1st. Mardi Gras on American Social runs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. with pearls, masks, $ 5 hurricanes, and Abita Brewing Company’s Purple Haze and $ 150 bottles of Tito’s vodka. 690 SW First Ct., Miami; 305-223-7004; amsobar.com.
Concrete beach brewery. Wynwoods Concrete Beach Brewery will close the block for a week starting Saturday in a grand joint celebration of Mardi Gras and Carnaval. It’s also the same day the Miami Brewery can bring out weed, a French-style season infused with wildflower honey. It’s the brewery’s third annual celebration. The event is free of charge. Saturday, March 9, 2 to 10 p.m., 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; cretebeachbrewery.com.
The Wynwood deck. Celebrate Carnival on the deck on Saturday, March 1st, from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. with specialty drinks on hurricanes and much more. RSVP through Eventbrite for a free hurricane. 2250 NW Second Ave.,
El Patio Wynwood. El Patio brings a bit of New Orleans to Wynwood with a Mardi Gras-style bar crawl. The event price, organized by Keep Crawling Pub Crawls in Miami, ranges from $ 30 for general admission, which includes a beer or shot at each location, to $ 50 for VIPs who have a gallon of beer, a souvenir beer boot, and one Beer or shot anywhere. Tuesday, March 5, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; elpatiowynwood.com.
Veza Sur Brewing Co. Veza Sur is hosting its second annual Carnaval Block Party with music, performances by Los Chinchillos and local DJs, grocery vendors, dancers and a special beer release. The festival is free, although RSVPs can be done here. 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. starting Saturday, March 2, at 55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300; vezasur.com.
The Wynwood Yard. Organized by Wynwood Parties, the Fat Tuesday get-together at Wynwood Yard features cocktails, music and DJs. The event is free of charge. Tuesday, March 5, 8 p.m. to 2 p.m., 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-771-4810; thewynwoodyard.com.
Miami Zoo. Miami Zoo is rolling the good times for Mardi Gras. This weekend the zoo will host Sip and Stroll, an adult-only affair that takes place in a specific part of the zoo. The event will include bites and drinks, a karaoke band, carnival face painters, unlimited boat trips, and a DJ. Entry is $ 20. Saturday, March 2, 7pm to 10pm, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; 305-251-0400; zoomiami.org.
America’s backyard. For the third time, Damn Good Hospitality is organizing Fort Mardi Gras, a New Orleans-style event that features a marching band-led procession, live music from multiple bands, 1,000 pounds of lobster, freshly peeled oysters, and Abita beer. The event is free of charge. Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; myamericasbackyard.com.
The balcony. This NOLA style restaurant hosts Carnival celebrations from March 5th to March 10th. Specials include $ 3 Abita beers each day. $ 5 hurricanes in a souvenir mug; $ 5 jambalaya, gumbo, and fritters; and $ 5 shrimp or oyster po ‘boys. Celebrate Fat Tuesday on Tuesday March 5th with prizes, a live band and DJ, carnival entertainers, pearls and more. On Friday March 8th, starting at 8 p.m., dress like a Mardi Gras King or Queen and take part in the Kings and Queens Party Contest. On Saturday, March 9th, the Balcony Krewe Party offers food and drink specialties, a live band and a DJ, pearls and a special Las Olas Second Line Parade from 4pm all day. Enter your Krewe in person or via thebalconylasolas.com. 1309 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 754-200-6344; thebalconylasolas.com.
Roxy’s Pub. A carnival pub crawl leads from Roxy’s Pub to at least four other venues with drinks available at all stops. Admission is $ 15 and includes pearls, five drinks, and entry to all venues. Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. to 4 p.m., 309 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-296-7699; roxyspub.com.
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