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PaperCity’s Ultimate Guide to Mardi Gras in Dallas

Runs, Parade "Strolls," Specialty Cocktails, Crawfish, and Live Music

BY // 02.09.21

This Mardi Gras in Dallas will definitely look different than years past. But that’s OK, because there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday in North Texas. From 5k runs and parade “strolls” to crawfish and Hurricanes, these are the best things to do this Mardi Gras.


The Dash for the Beads 5k is going virtual this year. You can register now and complete your run before February 14 (so your results are posted online).  The annual 1M walk has been replaced with the Dash Mardi Gras People Parade. Instead of one, large parade, this year’s walk will be split into “parade strolls” through six different Oak Cliff neighborhoods. It’ll include a costume contest, as well. Register for the parade walk here.


Revelers Hall Mardi Gras Dallas
Order a frozen King Cake cocktail at Revelers Hall to celebrate Mardi Gras. (Courtesy)

Eat, Drink, and Celebrate

In Bishop Arts, Oddfellows and AJ Vagabonds are teaming up for a Big Easy on Bishop Crawfish Boil on February 6 and 13. There will be New Orleans cocktails, live music and art, and of course, crawfish. Tickets are available here.

Revelers Hall, is also currently offering a festive frozen King Cake cocktail in the neighborhood.

On February 19, head to JAXON Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden for a day of live music (Mississippi Bastard Project will perform 6 pm to 10 pm), and specialty food and cocktails to celebrate Mardi Gras. The restaurant will host a crawfish boil from 5 pm until sold out, as well as a King Cake dessert and $10 Hurricanes.


Overeasy Mardi Gras
Get a mini King Cake for $5 this Mardi Gras at Overeasy. (Courtesy)

The Statler hotel’s Scout and Bourbon & Banter are offering a special Creole Etouffee for $16.99 from February 13 to 16 to celebrate Fat Tuesday. The dish comes with shrimp and crawfish simmered with celery, onions, green pepper, and Cajun spices. Overeasy will also be selling mini King Cakes on these dates for $5 a slice for dine-in and carry-out. And at Tex-Mex restaurant Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge, The Statler, Uptown, and Hillcrest locations will be offering $4 Abita pints, crawfish tacos and remoulade slaw for $15, and Bacardi Hurricanes for $10 for dine-in only.

At Plano’s Legacy Hall, a Mardi Gras celebration will take place on February 13. From 2 pm to 10 pm, there will be live, NOLA-style music in the Box Garden, as well as $10 Hurricanes in souvenir cups, Dock Local’s crawfish boil for $25 (from 4 pm to 7 pm), and more treats from Leila Bakery and Whisk & Eggs. On Fat Tuesday, February 16, Legacy Hall will be offering Mardi Gras-themed food and drink specials, as well as a New Orleans brass ensemble by The Bobby Falk Group.

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