Mardi Gras celebrations have gone virtual this year to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few creative ways to keep yourself entertained from a distance.
Where to Eat
B&B Butchers offers a Mardi Gras Brunch February 13, complete with face painting and a special menu of New Orleans-inspired dishes and all the requisite swag. The full menu is also available that day.
Boo Rays of New Orleans is a local legend known for its New Orleans-style food. They even import their bread from Gambino’s in the Big Easy. It’s easier to list the non-traditional New Orleans offerings on the menu: the chicken fried steak, burgers, and chicken fingers are the only things that aren’t kissed by a little purple and green.
The Dusty Biscuit Beignet food truck is transitioning into a brick-and-mortar store, but check out theor Facebook page for the list of eats and fried dough goodness. The truck celebrates three years of service to Fort Worth this Mardi Gras with a pop-up event at Leaves.
Razoo’s Cajun Café’s multiple locations have a $5 Mardi Gras menu both in restaurant and “to geaux.” Deals include appetizers and drinks and last the month of February. If you’re Lent-observant, the seafood offerings will also tide you over.
At the Southern Classic Daquiri Factory it’s pretty much all Mardi Gras, all the time. Grab a Natchitoches meat or crawfish pie, some seafood gumbo and one of the 60-plus frozen beverages. All you’ll need to do is add some beads.
Tributary Café has a fabulous “to geaux” menu. Po’ boy sandwiches, shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffee and more New Orleans classics will leave you full and happy.
If you’re looking for King Cake (the sweet bready, round doughy concoction with a small baby for luck hidden in one slice), Bluebonnet Bakery, Central Market or Whole Foods Market all have the goods in multiple flavors.
In the River East District, the annual Race Street Mardi Gras event is rolling on with new safety measures in place. The socially-distant street fair takes place Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an artisan market, street performers and costume contest. Businesses along the street, including the aforementioned Tributary Cafe, will be participating in the festivities as well.
Celebrate at Home
If you want to buy some Mardi Gras décor, The Artful Bead will provide you all the options you need for DIY necklaces, while local Party City has masks, garlands and confetti.