Second line at The LB Bayou Fest 2015 (Photo by Elise Thompson)
Let the good times roll, Los Angeles! Time to purge your sins by getting them out of your proverbial system on Fat Tuesday, or make it just another reason to celebrate the good life while the gettin’s still good. Here’s a list of where to eat and celebrate in Los Angeles for Mardi Gras.
African-American Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
The 16th annual celebration brings Mardi Gras second-line dancers, hip-hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, storytellers and more to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Feb. 24 and 25, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The event is free with Aquarium admission, which is $30 adults, $18 ages 3-11 and there is a $10 off coupon at the site.
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Amoeba Records – FAT TUESDAY at Amoeba, Hollywood
Amoeba will celebrate their love for New Orleans with their annual FAT TUESDAY Mardi Gras celebration featuring DJs and a parade with masks, beads, and musicians on Tuesday, Feb. 13th at 3:00 p.m. DJ Bennett kicks off the party jams at 3 p.m. and the Mardi Gras Parade is at 4 p.m. “Bring your horn or percussion and join us for our annual party procession to “When The Saints…” and share the cacophonous joy of Fat Tuesday. There will be BEADS and mayhem for the kids and big ones alike.” Amoeba will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to two charities working to preserve the musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans: Tipitina’s Foundation, a non-profit that “grew out of the New Orleans music venue, Tipitina’s, based in New Orleans, Louisiana,” with a mission is to protect and preserve the musical culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, as well as New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, which, since 1998, is “dedicated to keeping New Orleans’ performers alive in body, mind, and spirit by providing comprehensive health care and mental health/social services.”
Amoeba Hollywood is located at 6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028. For more information call (323) 245-6400.