Bay Area Bayou: Celebrating Mardi Gras

Shimmy & shake & swing those beads, the Bay Area ushers in Fat Tuesday with traditional French cuisine, costumes and parades. Mardi Gras is all about indulgence and throughout the Bay Area you can do it in family-friendly style with live music, parades and street festivals transforming various parts of the Bay Area into New Orleans’ famous Burbon Street. Here are your Big Easy par-tay destinations throughout the Bay Area.

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Friday, February 9, Performance & Celebration | Otra Mas': 40 Years of Carnaval, 6-9pm,  Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco.

Saturday, February 10, 6th Annual Mardi Gras 2nd line March, 2-7pm, The fun starts at The North Star where your ticket gets you drink specials as well as a healthy assortment of Mardi Gras beads. N’awlins grub From the Tupelo kitchen is available at a small additional charge, music and more, San Francisco.

Sunday, February 11, New Orleans Mardi Gras Party! 3:30-5:30pm, make a few of the classics that you can recreate at home on any given day. This class takes on a lot, making our own hot sauce, picked and relish but it ends with New Orleans most famous PUNCH! Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Bolinas.

Tuesday, February 13, Mardi Gras, San Francisco Style opens with a free blues concert at 5 pm in the Fillmore Center Plaza, where Pat (Lady Guiltar) Wilder, is followed by a New Orleans style processional, led by The St. Gabriel Brass Band and  SumbaFunk!.  The festivities continue  with a masquerade ball at the West Bay Conference Center at 8 pm, where The West Coast Blues Society will perform some California style blues. Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore will again bring San Francisco’s historic Fillmore Music District to life with rhythm & blues, a colorful family friendly carnival atmosphere,  along with face painting, street artists and performers.

Tuesday, February 13, Mardi Gras Parade, 5pm, Free parade starts at Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley near Biergarten featuring several fantastic local brass bands Brass Mafia, MJ's Brass Boppers, North Beach Brass Band, plus other guest musicians, Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco.

Tuesday, February 13, Carnaval San Francisco Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Kick-Off Party! 6-10pm, free, All are welcome to meet friends, family, and neighbors in the heart of San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District to enjoy live samba drummers, dancers winding through the party, and lively music from salsa and soca to cumbia and rumba.

Sat & Sun, February 24-25, special Mardi Gras themed Treasure Island Flea!