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New Orleans’ most famed celebration, Mardis Gras, has made its way to the Queen City — sort of.

According to NewOrleans.Com, the holiday is a “one- to three-month stretch of the year in which streets come alive with music, art and costumed revelers.” This year, Mardi Gras Day, also called “Fat Tuesday” is Feb. 21. The celebrations include everything from bead-tossing, king cake and performances on huge floats.

Though Charlotteans shouldn’t expect the grand parades that will surely be happening in Nola, there are a few local events that proclaim to provide the “feel” of the Mardi Gras experience.

Check them out below:

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl – Saturday, Feb. 18

Expect drink specials, a chance to visit five local bars and maybe a bead or two.

Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off – Saturday, Feb. 18

This party claims to be the “only authentic Mardi Gras Party” in Charlotte. Hosted by LSU Carolinas Alumni Association, the gumbo competition event promises king cake, good music and gumbo-tasting.

Mardi Gras Miles.- Saturday, Feb. 18

Celebrate and stay fit at the same time. The 4-mile journey starts at Weathered Souls and runs by five other Charlotte breweries.

Plaza Midwood Mardi Gras Parade – Saturday, Feb. 18

The family-friendly, free event will begin at 2101 Belvedere Avenue and will end in Midwood Park at 2100 Wilhelmina Avenue.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Party – Saturday, Feb. 18

Feel the Mardi Gras party vibes at Sofies Steakhouse with a DJ, drink specials and food.

Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder-Murder Mystery Dinner (Rock Hill)  – Saturday, Feb. 18

The event notice reads: “Marshall Inglewood, the Governor of Louisiana, is hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade and you’re invited to attend. The party will be held at the Governor’s posh New Orleans mansion” For some reason, we think someone will be “killed” at this function, but the drinks and dinner should still be a good time.

Mardi Gras Cooking Class at The Perfect Beet – Sunday, Feb. 19

Learn to make Louisiana favorites like creole crap dip, gumbo and bananas foster.

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