8 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Main Line

From Cajun cuisine to parties, these events are sure to bring a little Nola to the North.

There’s no reason to miss the chance to wear colorful beads and masks this Mardi Gras, even if you aren’t in New Orleans. Whether you’re looking for a casual Cajun meal or an over-the-top party, there are plenty of options to celebrate on the Main Line. 

Mardi Gras Gala for the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania

Feb. 24

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Held in the elegant Crystal Tea Room, this gala has an open bar complete with the famous New Orleans cocktail, hurricanes. Decorations, beads, jester dolls and traditional Mardi Gras masks help set the tone. Tickets include a cocktail hour, three-course, creole-style dinner, open bar and dancing to living entertainment by EBE.

100 E. Penn Square, Philadelphia.

Party at Xfinity Live

Feb. 25

Don’t show up to this party unless you’re dressed in your best purple, yellow, or green attire. The celebration includes a performance by Drop Dead Sexy!, bead contests, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and a $500 cash balloon drop. 

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1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia.

Mardi Gras BEERATHON Pub Crawl

Feb. 25

This annual pub crawl will give you a Mardi Gras to remember. For $25, participants receive masks and beads and drink and food specials. Cover charges and waits are waived for participants. 

Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., Philadelphia. 

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30 Main

Feb. 28

Grab dinner at 30 Main this Mardi Gras and enjoy the southern musical melodies of a habanero band. Plus, tacos are $5 off for the occassion.

660 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn.

Chickie’s and Pete’s

Feb. 28

Fat Tuesday will be in full swing at Chickie’s and Pete’s this Mardi Gras. Stop in for a shrimp po boy. 

5035 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill.

Cajun Kate’s

If you’re looking a nice night at home with a little Cajun thrown in, stop at Cajun Kate’s and pick up some of her New Orleans originals, like smoked duck and wild mushroom gumbo, served specially for the occasion.

1362 Naamans Creek Road, Boothwyn.

City Works Eatery and Pour House

City Works will offer Cajun-inspired menu items on Mardi Gras and beyond, including alligator gumbo, muffulettas and chicken jambalaya. A lucky diner will even win a trip to New Orleans.

220 Main St., King of Prussia.

Iron Hill Brewery

Pair Cajun cuisine with local beers at Iron Hill. The restaurant will offer Louisiana chicken, corn chowder, shrimp remoulade, crispy catfish and more, paired with their Bedotter brew.

Various locations.

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