For those of you who have been lucky enough to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, please allow me to express my extreme jealousy. I can just imagine the sound of jazz and the overabundance of multicolored beads being warn by those who are watching the parade go by. For those of you who, like me, will be in southeast Michigan next week, there is a silver lining. There are plenty of events in honor of Mardi Gras that we can attend!
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra always knows how to put on a show with their terrific music, but when you combine their talents with a New Orleans style band, you’re in for a fun night. The DSO and the Hot Sardines will make sure you celebrate Mardi Gras the right way with a special performance on Fat Tuesday. Be sure to grab your tickets before they sell out.
If you are looking for a family fun event, look no further than the Carpathia Club in Sterling Heights’ Kinderfasching on Sunday, February 26. The event celebrates the creative children’s costumes of Mardi Gras and will include a festive parade, lunch, fun games, and dancing. Tickets are $9 per child, $20 per adult, and children under 3 are free.
The Greater Detroit Jazz Society always celebrates the best in classic jazz and swing music, and they will be doing just that on Sunday, March 5 with a performance by the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band. The Mardi Gras celebration will take place at the Concorde Inn in Clinton Township and will feature plenty of New Orleans influenced jazz.
If the jazz music or costume celebrations are too much for you and you’d rather celebrate Mardi Gras by enjoying some Cajun food, then Howe’s Bayou and Gator’s Cajun Cooking are the perfect places to head to. Howe’s Bayou earned Best Detroit Cajun Restaurant from 2006 until 2014 and continues to serve traditional New Orleans style favorites along with craft beers, boutique wines, and a wide range of cocktails. Gator’s Cajun Cooking in Southfield offers a wide range of deep south cooking including jambalaya, broasted chicken, and seafood.