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Philadelphia offers four Fat Tuesday parties on one Manayunk street

Come celebrate Mardi Gras in Philadelphia for as close as it gets to New Orleans. Fat Tuesday doesn't have to go on without a celebration for those outside Louisiana. Check out these Mardi Gras photos for inspiration.
Come celebrate Mardi Gras in Philadelphia for as close as it gets to New Orleans. Fat Tuesday doesn't have to go on without a celebration for those outside Louisiana. Check out these Mardi Gras photos for inspiration.
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Today for Fat Tuesday, partygoers hoping for a Mardi Gras experience can celebrate Fat Tuesday in Philadelphia through some great Manayunk establishments. While not every party will be as authentic as a New Orleans extravaganza, drink specials, beads and enthusiastic revelers make a strong case for a bacchanal worth coming out on a Tuesday for.

Where are you headed for Mardi Gras? Find New Orleans parties without leaving Philadelphia.
Where are you headed for Mardi Gras? Find New Orleans parties without leaving Philadelphia.
Kildare's

Overlooking a not quite scenic Schuylkill river, Bourbon Blue always serves up meals with a New Orleans twist so they’ll be pulling out all the stops for Fat Tuesday. Their celebration is likely to include $5 Hurricanes and crawfish eating opportunities, if last year’s party was any indication. Expect a DJ to take over the music around 9 p.m.

Not too far down Main Street, Kildare’s is having their own Fat festival with the chance to win a trip to AC or a $250 cash prize for the biggest bead winner. There will be a photo booth, face painting, mummuers and drink specials like $3 Victory drafts, $4 Jager and most importantly, $5 Hurricanes in Orleans style. Find more information on their Facebook page or check out the rager for yourself. Don’t wait to stop in if you’re hungry, because they have a special Po’boy inspired menu for dinner as well.

Another New Orleans inspired bar in Manayunk is bringing the Mardi Gras to Philadelphia for the 20th year. The Bayou has planned a full night of debauchery complete with food specials like 25-cent wings or $1.75 hard shell crabs and $1.75 Miller lite bottles or $4 for their legendary Hurricanes between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Did you forget about the beads? There will be more than enough beads to go around.

The Bayou’s sister Cactus is also getting in on the Fat Tuesday action with some specials and beads as well. There will be Mexican staples like $5 margaritas and $2 tacos, but taste a New Orleans favorite like Abita Bock for just $4 at least once tonight.

Wherever Philadelphians head out to tonight, remember that it’s Fat Tuesday and anything can happen.