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King cakes and crawfish: How to celebrate Mardi Gras in ATX

Just one more day to get king cakes! (Sawyer & Co.)

Though the original Mardi Gras may be across state lines, Austinites are bringing the celebration to the Lone Star state.

On March 1, Mardi Gras celebrations will commence the day before Ash Wednesday, marking a rich celebration before fasting season and Lent begin. Though the centuries-long tradition includes crawfish, parade floats and colored beads in New Orleans, you can still find a taste of one of the biggest parties in the U.S. near you.

Here's where you’ll be able to get your taste of Mardi Gras magic.

​The Boat ATX | 10931 Stonelake Blvd.

Laissez les bons temps rouler with The Boat ATX’s Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday. Drink specials, a Louisiana-style crawfish boil, gumbo and live performance by Gumbo Ya Ya, known for its New Orleans-inspired groove, from 7-10 p.m. await.

​Mardi Gras at Dreamland Dripping Springs | 2770 US-290

Celebrate Fat Tuesday in true New Orleans fashion in the heart of the Hill Country with Mardi Gras food, drink specials, throws and beads. The party kicks off on Tuesday with an all-acoustic performance from the Hill Country Ramblers at 5 p.m. before giving the stage over to The Time of the Night Brass Band at 7 p.m. If you can’t make the Tuesday night party, Dreamland Dripping Springs is going to re-up the celebration on Saturday with a pickleball tournament, more drink specials and an all-day party.

​Gumbo Cookoff at The Good Shepherd Episcopal School and Parish Life Center | 3201 Windsor Rd.

If you prefer to spend your Mardi Gras enjoying some grub, The Good Shepherd Episcopal School is holding its annual gumbo cookoff, complete with jambalaya courtesy of Parish’s Chef Robert, king cake, pancakes and crafts for the kids. Tickets run $10 for adults and free for children. The event is still looking for cooks to volunteer by the end of Feb. 28 and the event runs from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

​King cakes at Sawyer & Co. | 4827 E Cesar Chavez St.

Though typically eaten on Jan. 6 to commemorate three wise men visiting baby Jesus after his birth, the historical pastry stays on tables through Mardi Gras. Known for its New Orleans flavors and Texas hospitality, Sawyer & Co. is accepting orders for its flaky, cream cheese-frosted pastry through March 1.

​Mardi Gras at Whisler’s | 1816 E 6th St.

To surround yourself with crawfish boils and brass bands, head over to East Austin's Whisler’s for a Fat Tuesday to remember. The celebration will begin after the bar opens at 2 p.m. with king cakes galore and tunes from the Boss Street Brass Band from 7-10 p.m. Cover is free!

Laissez les bons temps rouler, or, let the good times roll!


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.