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Mardi Gras Celebrations Around WA Feb 18 – 25

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Headed out of town during Fat Tuesday celebrations? Here are some WA destinations with fun Carnival parties planned! Lessez le bon ton roulles!

Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday, February 18
3:00pm
Main Street and Town Center
Concrete, WA
http://www.concrete-wa.com

Concrete, WA is just 35 miles from Mt. Vernon, in Skagit County. Their parade line up begins at 2:00pm near the Concrete Post Office, in preparation for the 3:00pm start. There’s no fee to enter the parade, everyone is welcome to join in the fun! Also, the newest business in town – The Washington Cafe & Bakery – will be holding their grand opening. Plan to stop by for some authentic New Orleans treats. The new restaurant is located in the historic TP Inn building on Main Street and will be open from 8:00am – 8:00pm.

MixIt: Mardi Gras at the Museum
Saturday, Feb 18
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building
250 Flora
Bellingham, WA 98225
360.778.8930
http://www.whatcommuseum.org

Celebrate Carnival with the high-energy sounds of Snug Harbor Band! This brassy 8-piece band infuses upbeat soul with contemporary music and jazz standards. Watch live circus entertainment, come in costume, masquerade in a mask you make or get a festive facepaint from an expert. Decorate a Mardi Gras necklace in your own way or take inspiration from the necklace in the Lesley Dill exhibition. 21+ please, there’s beer in the house.

Mardi Gras Blues Celebration
Saturday, February 18
8:00pm – midnight
Eagles Grand Ballroom
805 Fourth Ave. E
Olympia, WA 98506
http://www.youthchangeagents.org

Featuring Too Slim & the Taildraggers, 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee for Rock Blues Album 2012, and Olympia’s own Blues Attitude, this Mardi Gras theme celebration promises an evening of Blues, Dancing, and festivities to shake off the winter cold! No Host Bar, BBQ buffet, a photo booth and Limited Taxi vouchers available to guarantee your safe trip home! Costumes optional. All proceeds will benefit Partners in Prevention Education. 21+.

“Mask-arade” Party
Tuesday, February 21
The Fireside Restuarant at The Resort At Port Ludlow
One Heron Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
360.437.7412
http://www.portludlowresort.com

In cooperation with the Port Ludlow Artists’ League “mask-er-ade” exhibit, local artists will display a competition of decorated masks throughout the Inn. Guests are encouraged to wear purple, green and gold masks. A special five course traditional feast will be served starting at 4:00pm.

Mardi Gras Party
Saturday, February 25
6:00pm
Swiftwater Cellars
301 Rope Rider Drive
Cle Elum, WA 98922
509.674.6555
http://www.swiftwatercellars.com

A FREE ADMISSION Mardi Gras Party featuring Live Music by Filé Gumbo – New Orleans R&B, Creole, Zydeco and more. Also featuring Creole Themed Buffet, Drink Specials, and Party Favors. Beads & Masks provided!

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