5 NYC Spots to Party on Mardi Gras

5 NYC Spots to Party on Mardi Gras

Today is Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), which marks the last day of celebration before Ash Wednesday/the start of Lent (a time of fasting for Christians leading up to Easter Sunday). While not a national holiday in the U.S., Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the country, most notably in New Orleans with its huge parade and parties. On Mardi Gras in NYC, there is no parade, but there are pockets of revelry around the city. Here are five spots where you can take part in some Mardi Gras fun:

Treadwell Park (Upper East Side): What’s more fun than a ball? Drag queen Ariel Italic is hosting a Mardi Gras Ball featuring New Orleans cuisine (muffaletta sandwiches, beignets and a Fire Breathing Jambalaya made with Carolina Reaper peppers—the hottest pepper in the world), a Sazerac station, Abita beers, Mara’s homemade king cake, music from The Triad Brass Band and more. Dress to impress, as there is a prize for Best Ensemble. The party goes from 6-10 pm.