Whether it's your last hurrah before Lent or you just want to party, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a perfect excuse to eat, drink and be merry. But you don't need to go all the way to the Crescent City to get your Mardi Gras fete on, these DFW events will unleash everyone's party spirit.
Denton: Mardi Gras on Walnut St.
Friday, February 28 @ 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Denton is transforming Walnut Street into Bourbon Street—compete with jugglers, vendor booths, live music, Cajun food and plenty of libations to get the good times rolling. There's a parade at 5 p.m. and then at 7 p.m., Ron & the Rowdies, followed by Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton, and Woody’s Rampage will take to the outdoor center stage to keep the party going full steam. Or stop in the Sweetwater Grill & Tavern around 6:30 p.m. and catch Strictly Dixie, Vintage Jazz Society and the Fat Tuesday Dixieland Jam heating up the stage.
Oak Cliff: Mardi Gras Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2
- Dash For The Beads–March 1@ 8:30 a.m.
Get everyone in the family (Fido included) decked out in their finest Mardi Gras regalia and hit the pavement for the Dash For The Beads 5k run, 1 mile walk, costume contest and festival. The route starts and ends at Kidd Springs Park— then hang around afterwards for live music, BBQ and more.
- OCarnivale Masquerade Ball–March 1@ 7 p.m. at The Kessler
Put on your dancing shoes for one of the best balls this side of Lousiana. Frolic the night away with delicious Creole cooking, New Orleans style Hurricanes and live New Orleans-style swing music by Club Wood, Zydeco Blanco, and Down Davis. Be sure to don your best Mardi Gras attire for a chance to win a prize. Admission includes food and festivities for $50.
- Mardi Gras Parade–March 2 @4 p.m.
Finish off the weekend with the 5th annual Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade starting on Montclair Avenue along W. Davis Street to the Bishop Arts District. Enjoy everything from marching bands to catching beads thrown from an array of eclectic floats. You can find plenty of parking available at Methodist Dallas Medical Center's lot located at the southwest corner of N Bishop and Colorado.
All Out Trinity Festival around Trinity Groves
Saturday, March 1 @8 a.m.
It's not exactly a Mardi Gras celebration, but it will be just as festive in any case. Everything gets started with the 10th annual Trinity River Levee Run presented by the Dallas Running Club at 8 a.m. There will also be just about every sport you can think of going on around the vicinity, ranging from biking and yoga to soccer and kayaking. Not only will it be a massive sporting event, there's also going to be an outdoor marketplace with food trucks, clothing, artwork, artisan foods and even a pop-up dog park.
McKinney: Krewe of Barkus
Mitchell Park in Historic Downtown McKinney
Sunday, March 2@12:30-4 p.m., parade at 2 p.m.
For a barking good time, head over to McKinney's Mardi Gras festival featuring food, booze, vendor booths, plus an awesome pooch parade and costume contest.
Deep Ellum Fat Tuesday Parade
The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge
Tuesday, March 4 @ 5 p.m.
You've probably already heard about the Free Man's parade through Deep Ellum weekend before last. But don't fret about missing that one because The Free Man is putting on an even more awesome parade to celebrate Fat Tuesday starting at 5 p.m.
Get there early and partake in a few happy hour drinks to get the party started, then stick around after the parade for scrumptious Cajun fare and a night of jazz with the Free Loaders starting at 7 p.m.
Lake Dallas Mardi Gras
Tuesday, March 4 @ 5 p.m.
Lake Dallas City Hall
You can't beat spending the day at Lake Dallas, especially one that's filled with Cajun food, live music, face painting, vendor booths and more. Not only that, there's a costume contest with up to $150 in cash prizes and a parade at 5:30 that will roll down Falcon Dr. to Main St. and on to Shady Shores Dr. up to Hundley Dr.