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16 ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Tampa Bay area

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Get ready to collect some colorful beads and listen to jazz music. Here is a list of 16 ways you can celebrate Mardi Gras in the Tampa Bay area.
Get ready to collect some colorful beads and listen to jazz music. Here is a list of 16 ways you can celebrate Mardi Gras in the Tampa Bay area. [ Tampa Bay Times (2012) ]
Published Feb. 7

Here are 16 ways you can celebrate Mardi Gras in the Tampa Bay area.

Mardi Gras Universal: Enjoy a parade, live music and food from around the world. The parade features floats direct from New Orleans and street performers in lavish costumes. $119 and up. 9 a.m. to park close daily through April 7. Universal Studios, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando. 407-363-8000.

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras: The park is jazzed up with Mardi Gras-style entertainment, live music, Cajun food and a parade with beads to catch. Included with park admission Fridays through Sundays through March 3. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

NOLA Nite: DJ Creative Cohort spins the hits from New Orleans. No cover. 6-10 p.m. Friday (Feb. 9). Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen, 1721 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 813-315-8443.

Family Gras: Bring the family for live jazz music, balloon art and drink specials. No cover. 1-4 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10). Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen, 1721 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 813-315-8443.

Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil: Fresh crawfish will be served up every 45 minutes at this all-you-can-eat crawfish boil with live New Orleans-style jazz by the Jazz Phools. $60. 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10). Bayboro Brewing, 2390 Fifth Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-767-9666.

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl: Grab a souvenir beer koozie for this crawl with beads, drink specials, DJs, live music and dancing. $15 and up. 2-10 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10). One Night Stand, 149 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-350-5822.

Dunedin Mardi Gras Festival and Parade: The street is closed off at Douglas and Main to make room for this festival with four stages of live music, food, drinks, beads and a parade that kicks off at 7 p.m. No cover. 2-10 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10). Along Main Street, downtown Dunedin.

The Dunedin Mardi Gras parade and celebration, pictured in 2018, takes place Feb. 10.
The Dunedin Mardi Gras parade and celebration, pictured in 2018, takes place Feb. 10. [ Tampa Bay Times (2018) ]

Dunedin Mardi Paws: Dress your dogs in colorful outfits and give them some beads for this dog parade before the Dunedin Mardi Gras Run. Free. 8 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 11). Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway. 727-216-6318.

Dunedin Mardi Gras Run: Your choice of timed 5K or 10K runs with medals, shirts, beads and free beer. $40-$55. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 11). Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway. 727-216-6318.

Dueling Pianos Mardi Gras Brunch: Two pianos duke it out with live jazz music as you feast on a Cajun-style brunch with bottomless drink specials. No cover. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 11). Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen, 1721 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 813-315-8443.

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Bellentines Mardi Gras: Bring a dish to share for the Belles and Chimes potluck and women’s pinball tournament. $5 (prize pool entry). 5 p.m. Feb. 12. Replay Amusement Museum, 119 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. 727-233-8490.

Fat Tuesday Outdoor Party: Sip on $10 hurricanes as you listen to music by the Soul Purpose Band and a DJ. No cover. 5-10 p.m. Feb. 13. Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen, 1721 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 813-315-8443.

Oldsmar Friends of the Arts Mardi Gras Gala: Dinner, dancing, live performances, auctions, door prizes and contests to benefit performing arts in Oldsmar. $50. 6 p.m. Feb. 13. Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive E., Oldsmar.

USF New Tampa Jazz Series: Mardi Gras Edition: The Tampa Jazz Club presents renowned New York vocalist Alexis Cole with the USF Jazz Ensemble I. $20, $15 members, $10 students. 8 p.m. Feb. 15. New Tampa Performing Arts Center, 8550 Hunters Village Road, Tampa. 206-554-1764.

Mardi Gras Festival: Mardi Gras comes to the farm bringing live New Orleans-style jazz music, stilt walkers, jugglers, dancers, acrobats, hayrides, a petting zoo, themed food, an 80-foot bounce pillow, a 2,000-square-foot fort, pony rides, a sweets shop and more. $20, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 18. Rapranger Family Farm, 16907 Boy Scout Road, Odessa. 813-922-2799.

Jazz by the Bay: Mardi Gras: Honoring New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, this 21-and-over event features live music, themed decor, dancing and New Orleans-inspired bites and crafted cocktails. $55-$75. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.