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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!


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