Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," is celebrated every year as the final day to indulge all vices before the Christian Lenten season. The beads, music, and food that have become synonymous with the holiday are not limited to New Orleans as Philadelphia gets into the action with fun offerings to end the Carnival celebrations.
Mardi Gras is February 28th this year, but the festivities can be found days before and after. Here are some standout events for you to check out before the pre-Easter fast of the Lenten season sets in on Ash Wednesday.
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Spend your Fat Tuesday solving a murder at the Awbury Arboreum. Get decked out in your Sunday (or in this case, Tuesday) best and find out if your a witness, a suspect, a sleuth or the killer in this fun and interactive dinner-and-a-show event. A creole dinner buffet will be provided; this event is BYOB.
Every month, The Franklin Institute opens it's doors after hours for a themed, 21+ night of fun and science! This month's feature is none other than Mardi Gras; presentations include live music in the Planetarium from the New Sound Brass Band and the Hurt So Good: Live Show. As always, in addition to the special programming, all regular exhibits will be open (no Jurassic World though, sorry!). Purchase your tickets soon, because they don't last long!
On a day usually meant to celebrate one's last chance to eat decadent foods before the Lenten season, Not Fat Tuesday seeks to reimagine the holiday a little bit as part of the Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Our Table, Our Planet Supper Series. Chef Alex Garfinkel returns to give his creative spin on Fat Tuesday, accompained by Guest Chef and local culinary/agriculture activist, Palmer Marinelli, and Nathan Kleinman of the Experimental Farm Network.
Check out these other Mardi Gras events across the city!