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A Full Night of Mardi Gras

Whether you call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or Carnival, no one—not even snowy Buffalo—can resist this notorious day of overindulgence.

To prep yourself, come down to Tralf Music Hall March 4 at 7 p.m. for the 4th Annual Music is Art Big Easy in Buffalo. The lineup includes Tab Benoit, Carl LeBlanc Band, The Heavenly Chillbillies, and Bluegrass Boulders from Kenmore East. The Mardi Gras Jam will get you pumped and ready for the Fat Tuesday celebrations.

Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St., 852-2860

When the big day finally comes, start your night off with a hearty three-course prix fixe meal at Shango Bistro & Wine Bar. The restaurant will open at 5 p.m. with live music by Mumbo Gumbo beginning at 7 p.m. Shango will be celebrating its sixth year anniversary on Fat Tuesday, so raise your glass to this spectacular Wine Spectator-award-wining restaurant.

Shango, 260 Main St., 837-2326

Once your stuffed and you’ve loosened your belt another notch, relax at Buffalo East with the American Repertory Theater of WNY. Their Mardi Gras celebration features readings of famous Louisiana literature including Longfellows’ Evangeline and Pelican State’s Gumbo Ya Ya. It's a good idea to earn about the heritage and culture of Louisiana and Carnival as well as celebrate it.

ART @ Buffalo East, 1410 Main St.

Now it’s time to party! Join Artvoice in its 16th Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival. The parade starts at 5 p.m. at the Albright Knox and makes its way through the Elmwood strip, Chippewa district, and historic Allentown. Throughout the evening, bracelets will be sold at over 40 bars and restaurants where you' can add to your bead collection and enjoy adult beverages. Nietzsche's hosts the largest stage show and this is where you want to be toward the end of the evening.  KEEP IN MIND: the Artvoice festivities go toward the new Give for Greatness arts fund.

Artvoice Parade, begins at the Albright Knox 

You’ll wake up the next day with a hangover, tighter pants, and only a vague recollection of the night before, but hey, it’s only one day a year, so go for it.

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