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Mardi Gras in Dallas — From Deep Ellum to Arlington, the Best Neighborhood Parties

Who Says You Need Bourbon Street?

BY // 02.26.19

It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time for Mardi Gras, one of the most festive and fun holidays out there. If you can’t make it to Bourbon Street this year, Dallas is still a pretty great place to celebrate Mardi Gras.

There’s so much going on in each pocket of the city from block parties to parades. The epic, boisterous options for a Dallas Mardi Gras are almost endless.

Don’t worry — PaperCity has compiled a list to make it a little bit easier to narrow down what the best options are for an authentic local Mardi Gras. Get your crawfish, Hurricanes and beads galore at any of these places. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Oak Cliff

Saturday, March 2

If you want to burn some extra calories before partaking in Mardi Gras festivities, sign up for Dash For The Beads, a 5k and 10k run, in North Oak Cliff. The route begins and ends at 700 W. Canty Street. The race is followed by a costume contest for people and their furry friends. The event also raises funds for education, beautification and development in Oak Cliff and neighborhood schools. Get ready to sweat and support a good cause.

Sunday, March 3

Head to Bishop Arts to get your spot for the annual Mardi Gras Parade. The parade begins at 4 pm on West Davis Street, but if you get there at 2pm you can get things started at a Crawfish Boil & Block Party. Chef Michelle Carpenter, resident Cajun and beloved ZEN Sushi Itamae, will be cooking up crawfish. Signature Hurricanes and beer will also be available.

Oak Cliff Parade
Come out and watch the annual Oak Cliff Mardi Gras parade.

Deep Ellum

Tuesday, March 5

The Free Man’s Mardi Gras March is a fun way to start the night out in Deep Ellum. Every year, the Commerce St. restaurant gets a 30-piece brass band and marches through Deep Ellum before festivities kick off at The Free Man for the night. The march will kick off around 6:30 pm.

Uptown/Victory Park

Tuesday, March 5

The Rustic is hosting Mardi Craw this year. The event is free, but you can buy VIP tickets for $40 that give you access to a New Orleans special buffet from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, plus access to the VIP lounge and a DJ spinning Zydeco, Louisiana Jazz and R&B.

Or attend Pardi Gras at House of Blues, where DJ Mannie Fresh will be performing in the Cambridge Room. A Bourbon street replica will be created with street performers, food vendors, outdoor beer gardens and beads, beads and more beads.


Tuesday, March 5

High Fives is celebrating the Fattest of Tuesdays from 6pm to 2am with crawfish catered by Krio, a combination of great crawdads to eat and great crawdads to race for a big cash prize. Two pounds of crawfish will only set you back $20 — plus corn, sausage and potatoes for a little extra.

Get there early to pick out your crawfish to race at 9 pm. Entries for the tournament run $10. DJ Fishr Pryce will spin some tunes to set the mood.

And you can enjoy Hand Grenade and Hurricane drink specials all day long.

Design District

Saturday, March 2

Come out to the Design District for a Pawdigras Party at the Texas Ale Project brewery. Bring your dogs dressed in their best Fat Tuesday duds and enjoy some craft beer and bites. There will also be dogs for adoption, a costume contest, live music and raffles to keep the party going.


Saturday, March 2

Head to Texas Live! for all you can eat crawfish, live music and a Hurricane drink contest. The Mardi Craw Mardi Gras Celebration starts at 4 pm. The Mud Bug package —  all you can eat crawfish, if you can believe it — is $35.

To participate in the pub crawl, get a drink package for $15. And for Kings of New Orleans, buy the VIP package for $60. It includes all you can eat crawfish, a T-shirt, a specialty Hurricane cup and Hurricane contest samplings.

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