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How to Celebrate Mardi Gras in North Texas

Parades, Crawfish Boils, Live Music, Hurricane Cocktails, and More

BY // 02.14.22

If you’re not making the trip to New Orleans or partaking in the return of Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration this year, Dallas still has plenty of opportunities to make the most out of Fat Tuesday.

From parades to crawfish boils, this is our guide to celebrating 2022 Mardi Gras in North Texas.


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Attend the Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade on February 27.

Go Oak Cliff

Before festivities begin for the weekend, Oak Cliff Brewing Co. is hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade on Friday, February 25 at 7 pm. For $75 per person, you’ll receive beer, wine, light bites, and get to listen to live brass band music all night long.

The annual Dash for the Beads 5k and 10k runs are back on Saturday, February 26. Compete in your age bracket for either distance or enjoy a leisurely one-mile walk instead.

On Sunday, February 27, head to Oak Cliff for its annual Mardi Gras Parade. Beginning at 4 pm, the parade starts near Kessler Theater and ends in Bishop Arts. An all-new Mardi Gras Village will also be featuring live music, food trucks, and drinks from 2 pm to 6 pm. Tickets are $5 for general admission.

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JAXON Mardi Gras in Dallas
JAXON Texas Kitchen celebrates Mardi Gras this year with a Fat Tuesday celebration. (Courtesy)

JAXON Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden

On Tuesday, March 1 from 6 pm to 10 pm, head to this AT&T Discovery District spot downtown for live music, specialty drinks, and crawfish boil. Themed drinks include a frozen pineapple Hurricane and King Cake shots, as well as beer specials. For food, guests can expect Cajun broiled crawfish, chicken gumbo, and mini King Cake skillets. Make a reservation here.


The Rustic

This Fat Tuesday (March 1), this Uptown live music venue and restaurant is partnering with Bacardi for a special Mardi Craw celebration. Joseph Veazie is performing, and there will be crawfish, jambalaya, étouffée, and frozen Hurricanes. The event is free with RSVP.


Commons Club is the hotel’s flagship restaurant, bar, and lounge that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so the room had to look bright and cheerful during the day, then convert to dark and sexy at night. Mozersky worked with Porter Teleo on a custom version of their wallcovering Kintsugi, to give the room an interesting art and architectural element. The rice-paper lighting is by Spanish Designer Jaime Hayon, used en masse to create an artistic installation. Classic Cab chairs by Mario Bellini in custom green leather serve as restaurant seating.
Commons Club is the Virgin Hotels Dallas’ flagship restaurant, bar, and lounge.

Mardi Gras Brunch at Virgin Hotels Dallas

Looking for a fun brunch to celebrate Mardi Gras on February 27? Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Dallas is hosting a New Orleans-style brunch from 11 am to 2 pm with beignets, champagne, and live music from Tubad and The Kings of Nola. Book a table on OpenTable.

Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch at Crescent Club

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Club at Hotel Crescent Court on Saturday, February 26 from 11 am to 2 pm. Although the club is normally members-only, this event is open to the public. For $75 per person, bring your krewe in for New Orleans-inspired favorites such as crawfish eggs Benedict, beer can chicken, Louisiana sunburst salad, cajun coleslaw, king cake and bourbon pecan tart.


Pardy Gras at The Statler (Cancelled)

Head to The Statler hotel on Friday, March 4 for a Mardi Gras celebration with a hosted bar and dance band, Party Machine. For $49 per person (or $199 for a VIP table for four), guests can expect light bites and Cajun food offerings for purchase.



Mardi Gras in Dallas Legacy Hall
Plano’s Legacy Hall celebrates Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday with two events. (Courtesy)

Legacy Hall

This Plano food hall and entertainment hub is hosting its fifth annual Mardi Gras celebration with two days of festivities. On Saturday, February 26, indulge in a crawfish boil from Dock Local, mini King Cakes from Leila Bakery, and live entertainment from 3 pm to 10 pm. On Tuesday, March 1, celebrate Fat Tuesday with food and drink specials, as well as live music from Bobby Falk Brass Edition from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.


Mardi Gras Pardi at Grandscape

On February 27 from 2 pm to 6 pm, Grandscape at The Colony is hosting a free Mardi Gras celebration. The event will include performances by N’Awlins Gumbo Kings, Cajun food to purchase, a crawfish eating contest, a fortune teller, and more kid’s activities. You can also buy tickets for the crawfish boil by Cajun Crawfish Co. here.

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