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How to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Las Vegas

This year, Mardi Gras is on February 16th, and even though New Orleans is home to the original Fat Tuesday celebrations, Mardi Gras in Las Vegas will surely party in style. Las Vegas will put on a week long Mardi Gras celebration that is colorful, lively, and in typical Vegas fashion, fun. 


What is Mardi Gras?


Mardi Gras is a holiday that we all know for its wild parties and famous parades, but there’s actually a lot of history behind the holiday itself. Mardi Gras originated in medieval Europe, but was then passed on to the French in the 17th century. The holiday is celebrated on “Fat Tuesday,” which is the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of lent, which ends on Easter Sunday. Therefore, Mardi Gras is a celebration and a feast before the start of lent.

When New Orleans was established in 1708, Mardi Gras came with the French. In the early celebrations of Mardi Gras in New Orleans the governor would host elegant society balls, then eventually the holiday brought parades that marched throughout the city. 

Today, Mardi Gras is a celebration with lively parades, rowdy parties, King Cakes, live music and colorful decorations. And while this year’s celebration may look a little bit different in New Orleans, people will still come together to celebrate the beloved holiday.


Woman Celebrating Mardi Gras in Las Vegas


Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Las Vegas


This year’s celebration of Mardi Gras will be a bit different from years’ past, but there are still dozens of ways to celebrate the holiday in style. So take advantage of all the fun Vegas has to offer and party away in a weeklong Mardi Gras celebration! 


D Bar

Located right on Fremont Street, visit D Bar for frozen libations and speciality cocktails and a one of a kind experience. Take in the lively scene on Fremont Street while sipping on a handcrafted beverage. Their talented bartenders will send glasses and bottles flying through the air – all as a part of the show.


Circa Stadium Swim®

The brand new Circa Resort & Casino is here to help you celebrate Mardi Gras at their fabulous Stadium Swim. Take a dip in one of their six heated pools and order a drink at one of their swim up bars. Reserve a spot at one of their lounge chairs, day beds, or cabanas. Oh, and there’s also a 40 foot tall HD screen that will keep you up to date on all the action. 


Legacy Club

For a Mardi Gras celebration with a view of Las Vegas, visit Legacy Club on the 60th floor of Circa Resort & Casino. Enjoy their outdoor terrace where you will find cozy fire pits and a view like no other in Las Vegas. Try one of their signature make-your-own Old Fashioned or order one of the handcrafted cocktails on their menu. Their drink menu will surely fuel your celebration. 


Previous Mardi Gras Celebration at LINQ PromenadeCredit: Richard Robinson


LINQ Promenade

Visit the LINQ Promenade for an experience like no other. Celebrate Mardi Gras in Las Vegas by visiting the many dining, shopping, and entertainment options available there. The LINQ Promenade typically hosts a large Mardi Gras celebration like they did last year, but just because things look different doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great time. 


Fremont Street Experience

For some bright colored fun and celebration that won’t disappoint, go to the Fremont Street Experience. Here, you will find dozens of LED light displays, shopping, dining, and live performances on stage. During Mardi Gras, the Fremont Street Experience is sure to be rowdy, but just the right amount. Celebrate Mardi Gras the Las Vegas way at the Fremont Street Experience. 


Downtown Container Park

For an open air experience, visit the Downtown Container Park. Here, you will find great restaurants, boutique shopping, and live entertainment. The quirky location downtown, only made better by the huge praying mantis that greets you, is a great place to grab a bite, do some window shopping, and grab a drink before you go. Start your celebration here, then see where the night takes you. 



Las Vegas is full of nightclubs of all sorts. And you can expect that Tuesday night will be a wild night of Mardi Gras celebrations. With so many to choose from, do some research on the best clubs in Las Vegas. With tables and bottle service available, your night on the town is sure to be unforgettable. Celebrate Mardi Gras in style at one of the best nightclubs in the city. 


No matter what you envision for your celebration of Mardi Gras, Las Vegas is here to help. From restaurants to bars and nightclubs alike, we’re sure that your celebration in Vegas will be like no other. So plan your visit and get ready to party! Celebrate Mardi Gras the Las Vegas way.