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It’s Mardi Gras! Here are the best places to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the Phoenix area

Feb 28, 2017, 11:07 AM | Updated: 12:31 pm
Float riders toss beads during the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. ...

Float riders toss beads during the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PHOENIX — It may be a little wet outside, but that won’t stop several Phoenix-area bars and restaurants from celebrating Mardi Gras on Tuesday.

Known as Fat Tuesday in English, Mardi Gras refers to the last night of eating fat and rich foods before the season of Lent, an approximate six-week period of prayer, self-denial and other religious practices observed by Christians that ends on Easter Sunday.

But Mardi Gras has also become synonymous with one of the biggest and best parties of the year in places such as New Orleans and Brazil. Numerous other nations hold their own versions of the festivities.

Just because you’re stuck in rainy Phoenix on Fat Tuesday doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. We jumped online and found some celebrations going on around town along with some spots to grab traditional Mardi Gras or New Orleans-inspired food to mark the day.

Flip through the slideshow below to find your Mardi Gras hangout and laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)!

Fat Tuesday -- TempeHead to Mill Avenue for Fat Tuesday's Mardi Gras event. The NOLA-themed bar will have drink specials all day and will serve up Cajun classics.(Facebook Photo) Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen -- MesaGet your fill of special drinks, food and live music on Mardi Gras at Baby Kay's Fat Tuesday celebration.(Facebook Photo) Hot N Juicy -- multiple locationsFree shrimp and $1 beer deals? Happy Mardi Gras!(Facebook Photo) Little Cleo's -- PhoenixThis Fox restaurant will be whipping up New Orleans food and drinks all day Tuesday.(Instagram Photo/@stepjagger) Angry Crab Shack -- multiple locationsHead to one of several Angry Crab Shack locations for specials on Cajun food and drinks.(Facebook Photo) Pappadeaux -- PhoenixHead to Pappadeaux in Phoenix for traditional Cajun food and a special king cake-stuffed cheesecake.(Facebook Photo) Sandbar -- multiple locationsCelebrate Mardi Gras with a Mexican flair at Sandbar. Plenty of drink specials and Cajun food will be on offer.(Facebook Photo) Salt Tacos y Tequila -- GlendaleIt wouldn't be Fat Tuesday without tacos, right? Salt at Westgate sure thinks so. Drink specials and a DJ will be available.(Facebook Photo) ThirdSpace -- PhoenixIf taking part in a Mardi Gras parade is your thing, ThirdSpace in downtown Phoenix is your Fat Tuesday option. There is a $5 cover.(Facebook Photo) Southern Rail -- PhoenixIf live music, king cakes and beads are your idea is a good time, head to Southern Rail.(Facebook Photo)

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It’s Mardi Gras! Here are the best places to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the Phoenix area