Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is a Christian holiday that dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. Also known as Carnival, it is celebrated in several nations across the globe — predominantly those with large Roman Catholic populations — on the day before the religious season of lent.
For most, Fat Tuesday conjures images of beads, beer, and the Big Easy. Historians believe the first American Mardi Gras occurred on March 3, 1699 when French explorers Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville and Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville landed in what is now Louisiana. The relatively small festivities were held just south of the present day Mardi Gras capital, New Orleans. In the ensuing decades, New Orleans and other French settlements took to marking the holiday with masked balls, lavish dinners, and wild street parties.
In Dayton, we celebrate the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season with small feasts at local eateries. Click on the links below to get specific details.
Tuesday February 09, 2016
Tuesday February 09, 2016 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
|Fat Tuesday Celebration
Mudlick Tap House
Tuesday February 09, 2016 4:00 – 10:00 PM
|Abita Mardi Gras Party
South Park Tavern
Tuesday February 09, 2016 5:00 PM
|Mardi Gras Celebration
Tuesday February 09, 2016 5:00 – 9:00 PM
|Mardi Gras Dinner
The Hawthorn Grill
Tuesday February 09, 2016 5:00 – 09:00 PM
|Mardi Gras Specials
Tuesday February 09, 2016 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Chappys Tap Room & Grille
Tuesday February 09, 2016 All Day Event
Another Mardi Gras tradition is the King Cake.
As a slight twist you can stop by the grand opening of Tasty Measures at the corner of 5th & Jefferson on Fat Tuesday and get a free King Muffin with purchase. If you find the baby you’ll win free meat pies for a year!