Chandler hosts Mardi Gras celebration Saturday

Mardi Gras

Downtown Chandler will put a decidedly tame twist on its first-ever Mardi Gras celebration.

The event, sponsored by the nonprofit Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, will run 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at venues along the city’s historic square.

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday or Carnival, is a decadent party preceding the 40 days of Lent. The celebration typically includes costumes, parades and rich foods.

However, organizers promise Chandler’s family-friendly event will not feature the public drunkenness and nudity that has become associated with the well-known Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

King cakeNewly opened Fat Cat restaurant, 98 S. San Marcos Place, will host a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Chef Brian Ferguson, a Louisiana native, will prepare hors d’oeuvres and crawfish.

At 7:15 p.m., a parade will take place from Fat Cat north to the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 S. San Marcos, where the rest of the evening’s activities will be held in the ballroom.

A buffet-style dinner will feature traditional Cajun favorites, including jambalaya, gumbo, dirty rice, king cakes (pictured) and beignets.

There also will be a costume contest, jazz music, dancing and casino games. Chandler mayor Boyd Dunn and his wife Nancy will be crowned Mardi Gras king and queen.

Tickets are $75, which includes the cocktail reception and all activities at the resort.

Mardi Gras
When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: San Marcos Place, from Boston to Buffalo streets, in downtown Chandler
How much: $75 per person
Info: (480) 855-3539 or www.chandlermardigras.com

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