Dallas is known for eating and drinking, and so is this holiday! Mardi Gras, French for "Fat Tuesday", is the celebratory carnival that leads up to the beginning of Lent. To celebrate, we've rounded up all the events happening around town, from food to music to parades and more.

Thank you Quarter Bar for sponsoring this article!

Updated January 2023



Quarter Bar Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday


Join Quarter Bar on Tuesday, February 21 from 3 PM to close, for a NOLA style Fat Tuesday celebration. Enjoy $6 Frozen Hurricane cocktails and $4 Abita bottles on the rooftop deck overlooking Downtown Dallas. Snack on Bread Winner's Gumbo, Crawfish Etoufée or Po Boy's, Cajun Fries, VooDoo Fries, Sliders, Wings, Flatbreads and more. Starting at 9 PM a DJ will spin the crowd into Mardi Gras madness. Get ready to feast and party at Quarter Bar and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Uptown | Directions


2/18 Mardi Pardi at Grandscape

Head to Grandscape for fun for the whole fam! Festivities include live music performances, Cajun food, a crawfish eating contest, crafts for kids, pop-ups, food, and of course, beads! The event runs from 2pm to 4pm. General admission is free, with VIP tickets available for $65 per person.

The Colony | Directions


2/19 Dash for the Beads

Start your parade day early with a 5k run or 1-mile walk at 9am! After the run, party while you stake out a spot for the parade with a Kid Zone, music, food trucks, and mimosas. Tickets are $20, proceeds support Oak Cliff organizations that promote physical fitness, healthy eating and arts programs.

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2/19 Go Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade & Festival

Go Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade

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Don't miss this famous Oak Cliff tradition! The festivities include floats, music, colorful costumes, sips, bites & live brass music. The parade will kick off at 2pm, running along Davis Street from near Kessler Theater down towards Encina.

Oak Cliff | Directions


2/19 Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Dog Parade

The 21st Annual Parade in Downtown McKinney kicks off at 12:30pm for a day of photo ops, vendors, and more! This year's theme is superheroes, so don't forget to dress up your pup and enter the costume contests!

McKinney | Directions


2/21 Fat Tuesday at Legacy Hall

Grab your beads for a night of Fat Tuesday fun! At 6:30pm, a marching band will parade through Legacy West, then into Legacy Hall to march throughout all three floors! From 7pm to 9pm, enjoy live New Orleans brass music by Bobby Falk Brass Edition in the Box Garden. Plus, food and drink specials like 'Po Boys and Hurricanes.

Plano | Directions


2/21 Fat Tuesday Mardi Craw at The Rustic

The Rustic Bacardi Patio

Kick things off with crawfish! The Rustic is having a backyard crawfish boil with live music, cajun fare, drink features from Bacardi and more.

Uptown | Directions


2/21 A Taste of New Orleans

Learn to cook all the classics from NOLA! The menu features Creole Gumbo with crab, shrimp and sausage, mustard greens, and Calas (Creole rice fritters). Ages 18 and up, tickets are $65 and required.

Northeast Dallas | Directions


2/25 Mardi Crawl Live!

Kicking off at 1pm, Texas Live! is celebrating with live music, drink specials, custom hurricane cocktails, a crawfish boil, and live music. Tickets range from $10 to $20, and include 3 drink tokens. This is a 21+ event.

Arlington | Directions