On Tuesday, Feb. 9, New Orleans will celebrate the king of all parties, known as Mardi Gras. This time-honored traditional celebration has made its way around the country, with Detroit throwing some off the hook bashes of its own. Here’s some of the best around the Detroit area. Festivities last an entire week, so there’s plenty of time to accumulate those beads.
Mardi Gras En Rouge
Gabriel Hall
3901 Christopher St.
Detroit, Michigan 48211
(313) 932-1220

Date: Feb. 6, 2016

This Mardi Gras-themed gala is a masquerade ball where music, drink and dancing reign supreme. The festivities will act as a fundraising event both for the New Orleans-inspired venue, Gabriel Hall, and the Marche du Nain Rouge. The venue specializes in authentic eats from Louisiana, including gumbo, po’bpys and Rum Punch. The bar and eatery will feature a live jazz band to celebrate Mardi Gras right.

Howe’s Bayou
22848 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 691-7145

This restaurant brings the celebration to Detroit. There’s no better place to party than in a spot that exudes the Cajun vibe every day of the year. Suck down crawfish, scoop up some jambalaya and expect that on Mardi Gras, the celebration hits new heights. Partake in a slice of King Cake, a traditional dessert served in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. The best part of this unique, and tasty, tradition, is finding the prize hidden inside the cake itself — a tiny plastic baby that embodies the spirit of Mardi Gras in a major way.

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Carpathia Club
38000 Utica Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
(586) 978-2292

Date: Sun. Feb. 7, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This one is for the kids- because what kid doesn’t love a party. Kinderfasching is a German Mardi Gras event hosted exclusively for children and their families. The costumed ball takes place at the Carpathia Club, which will be decked out with elaborate Mardi Gras decorations. The pint-sized celebration includes a parade, crafts, dancing and treats. Children should dress-up in fancy costumes and prepare to have fun, fun, fun until their daddy — or mama — takes the King Cake away.

24th Annual Mardi Gras Concert
1919 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
(248) 299-1210

Date: Sun. Feb. 7, 2016 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The greater Detroit Jazz Society is hosting its annual concert in celebration of Mardi Gras. This year, the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band will perform authentic New Orleans tunes. Revelers are asked to arrive in costume. This is a ticketed event. Tickets include music, dancing, and a full-course menu including dessert and non-alcoholic drinks. There will be a cash bar available for attendees.

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Fishbone’s Greektown
400 Monroe Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-4600

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Fishbone’s Greektown is a cajun eatery and bar that brings the French Quarter to Detroit year round. Mardi Gras at Fishbone’s Greektown serves a dual purpose. The first being to party ’til you drop, the second is that the $15 cover will be donated to the Michigan Humane Society. The admission fee includes hors d’oeuvres and a live jazz band performing authentic New Orleans music. A DJ sets off the party right spinning on the ones and twos. The Mardi Gras-themed party offers customers beer for $3 and $5 hurricanes. Be sure to dress the part, the best King and Queens costumes will win a $1,500 prize.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.