You may be in Connecticut but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is this February 17, 2015. Whether you want to make a night of dancing and New Orleans-style music or celebrate the culture through food, there are events throughout the state this Fat Tuesday as well as throughout the week. Restaurants, musical halls, libraries and bars plan to help you celebrate Mardi Gras.

La Boca Restaurant
337 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-4777

Date: Feb. 17, 2015

For a fun night of music and food, La Boca Restaurant is celebrating Mardi Gras in style. It has all the fixings: food, music, masks and beads. La Boca’s special southern-style menu including gumbo and Po’ boy sandwiches starts at 5 p.m. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m. To get into the Mardi Gras spirit, come with your own mask and there will be plenty of beads handed out by the bar. This Mardi Gras party will make you feel as if you are in New Orleans.

New Haven Free Public Library
133 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 946-7454

Date: Feb. 17, 2015

Every year, the New Haven Free Public Library brings a little sass and celebration for Mardi Gras. Its Mardi Gras Masquerade Madness celebration is a fundraising event for the city and its library. This event is tailored toward adults. It will be held in the main library from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17.

Buckwheat Zydeco At Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
32 Front Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 560-7757

Date: Feb. 17, 2015

A true celebration of Louisiana culture will be heard at the Infinity Music Hall on Fat Tuesday. Legendary musician Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., also known as Buckwheat Zydeco, will be performing for an intimate crowd of 500 people. Buckwheat Zydeco is the king of Louisiana Zydeco music and has even been featured on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Food and drinks are available before the show in the bistro. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $34-$44 per person.

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Mardi Gras Carnival
64 Norfield Road
Weston, CT 06883
(203) 227-8368

Date: Feb. 21, 2015

You don’t want to miss the action taking part at the Mardi Gras Carnival dance and dinner event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Thanks in part to Kiwanis International located in Weston, Connecticut, you can celebrate with rich culture, food and fun. The carnival will be held inside the hall of the Norfield Church in Weston. The menu will include Creole and Cajun food and will be prepared by chefs flown right from New Orleans. Live music will be provided by Otis and the Hurricanes.

Funky Dawgz Brass Band At BAR
254 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 495-8924

Date: Feb. 18, 2015

If you like funk and you like to dance, you’ve come to the right place. Funky Dawgz Brass Band will be performing live at BAR in New Haven on February 18, 2015. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. This band is guaranteed to get you on your feet and keep the energy high all night. They are a 10-piece New Orleans-style brass band that plays a mix of old favorites and new hits with their own twist.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at