Mardi Gras: Where to Shake Your Ya Ya’s in L.A.

Big Chief, Uptown RulerMardi Gras Big Chiefs, First Queens, Spy Boys, and Wild Men (and Women) looking for the best spots outside New Orleans to tear it up Tchoupitoulas Street style, rest easy now.

Whether or not you’re giving up good times  for Lent — and  Ms. Go Go knows the odds on that, you lush lifers — the City of Angels has Fat Tuesday fetes  for every persuasion.

Read on for revelry and other reasons to repent.

We goin’ to a Street Parade
And we gonna Second line
We gonna have a good time, time, time.

Street Parade
– Earl King

Saints and Sinners, Second line

Amoeba Musicin Hollywood knows it ain’t Mardi Gras without beads and a parade. The good times start to roll at 3:00 p.m. with Big Easy party music, a photo station, and kid-friendly grab bags for Mardi Gras mini-me’s.

So…no Cyclone kiddie cups.

Make sure to get there by 4:30 p.m. when everyone is urged to bring their joy noise instruments to play When the Saints Go Marching In while high-steppin’ it at the parade.

Kazoos and keytars oh-so-welcome.

Big Daddies and Sweet Mamas will want to stock up on shake-your-tail-feather tunes — part of Amoeba’s Fat Tuesday proceeds help preserve Louisiana music and culture via the Tipitina Foundation — and enter the raffle to win two plane tickets to New Orleans.

As if you needed a reason to “research” Mardi Gras 2013.

AMOEBA MUSIC – Tues, Feb 21, 3-5pm; Free/All ages – 6400 Sunset Blvd, LA 90028, 323.245.6400

Fat Tuesday Fly Boys

Me got fire, can’t put it out.
Heap fire water gonna make me shout.

Big Chief, Part 2– Professor Longhair

Quench your Fat Tuesday flame with Floyd and the Flyboys  at NOLA’s: A Taste of New Orleans. “Mastermind behind Creation” Cabrini Schnyder serves up her Crescent City hometown’s signature hooch — Hurricanes,  Sazeracs, and more — and festive fare such as  Po’Boys, Catfish, Gumbo, and Beignets in a gorgeous setting that’ll make you feel like King or Queen of your Krewe.

As they say in Louisiana, “Nowhere better to be than here.”

There’s a $10 cover, a free glass of champagne when you buy dinner, and Miz Cabrini strongly advises you to reserve your party table.

‘Cause cher, that Mardi Gras flame burns hot, hot, hot.

NOLA’S: A TASTE OF NEW ORLEANSTues, Feb 21, 6-9pm; $10 cover734 E 3rd St, DTLA, 90013, 213.680.3003,

The Green room is smokin’ and the Plaza burning down
Throw my baby out the window, let the joint burn down
All because it’s Carnival Time…oooooohhh,it’s Carnival Time

Carnival Time
— Al “Carnival Time” Johnson

Five0Four promises the same level of debauchery and dedicated drinking they debuted at last year’s extravaganza.  Will there be neon-colored, alcoholic sno-cones, $2 jello shots,  $20 half-gallon souvenir jugs of Abita beer, a brass band, and a photo booth?  The jive joint is being mum on the extreme levels of Mardi Gras madness so you’ll just have to come see for yourself.

Word on the street is that Hollywood Boulevard still hasn’t recovered from Five0Four’s Mardi Gras 2011.

Still incognito after last year's Five0Four blowout.

FIVE0FOURTues, Feb 21; 7pm – 2am; 21+ — 6541 Hollywood Blvd , LA, 90028  Call 323.960.0224 for table reservations,

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

One Comment Add yours

  1. Margaret says:

    Oh my. Is it lent already? I’m not ready.

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