What better way to fill the chilly slump to spring than with a colorful and boisterous soiree? Whether you’re celebrating in the Italian fashion for Carnevale or gearing up for Fat Tuesday, you’ll love the local celebrations that add color to the winter season.
In honor of the occasion, traditional handmade masks, parades, and delectable cuisine ensure festivities you won’t forget. Here are a few events in the Hudson Valley that will help you get the party going this month.
Lower Landing, Coxsackie
February 21, 7-10 p.m.
This Mardi Gras dinner party has a huge NOLA-style menu that everyone will enjoy. Expect Cajun pickles, Cajun peppered shrimp, party gumbo, grilled pork tenderloin with pepper jelly, and dirty rice. Dessert, meanwhile, is all about classic beignets. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available upon request. Don’t miss out on this all-inclusive $60 dinner.
Italian American Community Center, Albany
February 22, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
On this Saturday in February, Albany’s Italian American Community Center celebrates Carnevale, or Italy’s version of Mardi Gras. Look forward to an evening of fine dining, dancing, and silent bidding. The Good Times Band will be on-hand with live music throughout the night, while Treviso by the Mallozzi’s caters dinner. Come in traditional Carnevale costume if you want a shot at winning the colorful costume contest at the end of the fest.
Pine Hill Studio Church, Pine Hill
February 22, 7-11 p.m.
Grab a dance partner and head over to Pine Hill Studio Church for an evening of NOLA-style jazz and revelry from Kim Hawkey and The Swingaroos. This traditional jazz band brings the Mardi Gras celebration into full swing all night long.
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fishkill
February 23, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
If pancakes are the party food of the weekend (they are), then this luncheon is just the thing for Mardi Gras revelers in the Hudson Valley. Swing by Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fishkill for a lunch spread of pancakes, sparkling grape juice, and more. Children’s crafts, a parade, and jazz tunes offer family-friendly entertainment throughout the afternoon as well.
Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh
February 23, 1-4 p.m.
Keep the Mardi Gras party going on Sunday at Newburgh Brewing’s afternoon community shindig. Hosted in collaboration with Pirate Dogs OC, Inc., the event raises funds to support the nonprofit organization and the animals under its care. A fun raffle and rescue challenge take place during the day, while a pet food drive accepts Purina and Friskies donations in the brewery lobby.
Lawrence Park, Hudson
February 25, 5 p.m.
This old-fashioned crawfish boil includes all of the fixings that will leave people satisfied for days. The $55 meal is an all-you-can-eat New Orleans style buffet with crawfish, king cake, hurricanes, muffuletta specials, and more. Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a full stomach, dancing, and beads galore.
Sacred Heart Parish, Troy
February 25, 6:30 p.m.
All are welcome at this Mardi Gras dinner – with a contribution, that is. Enjoy celebrations with neighbors, friends, and family and maybe even try making some jambalaya to share with others.
Wickham Woodlands Manor, Warwick
February 27, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
For a true New Orleans-style Mardi Gras get-down, round up a crowd and head to the Mardi Gras Ball at Nyack’s Maureen’s Jazz Cellar. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with NOLA funk and jazz tunes designed to get everyone out on the dance floor. Bourbon Street décor and masks and beads galore add color to the evening, while floats and Louisiana-influenced red beans and rice with sausage keep the party going strong. Don’t forget to grab a slice of king cake for dessert!
Hudson Valley Harley-Davidson, Nanuet
February 29, 12-3 p.m.
Dust off the Mardi Gras attire and head over to this party that will award the wearer of the best Mardi Gras costume a $100 gift card to Hudson Valley Harley-Davidson. Come hungry because gumbo will be served for lunch with dessert to follow.
Revel 32, Poughkeepsie
March 7, 8 p.m.
Don’t skip out on this Mardi Gras party that has all the beads, masks, jambalaya, hurricanes, and dancing one could imagine. The Soul Rebels, who recently performed with Katy Perry, DMX, and on NPR’s Tiny Desk series, will be at the center of this 21+ event. Tickets are $25, but don’t wait until the day of because they will be an extra $5 at the door.