For 22 years, Kingfisher Bar & Grill has brought a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras feast to Tucson. This year the Fat Tuesday festivities take place Tuesday, February 9 from 5 to 11pm.
Fat Tuesday is the last day of Mardi Gras celebrations before the beginning of Lent, a season of preparation and penance for Christians.
The à la carte menu options include classic Louisiana dishes, like seafood gumbo, deep-fried cornmeal crusted catfish, and beignets. Hurricanes, Sazeracs and a selection of Louisiana brews, such as Dixie Lager and Abita Turbodog, will also be offered. The regular Kingfisher dinner menu will also be available.
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In the spirit of the holiday, guests will be offered Mardi Gras beads and a chance to win a Fat Tuesday t-shirt if they “find the baby” in the King Cake. Much like Mardi Gras itself, the King Cake has surpassed its religious roots and become a widely-celebrated, non-denominational tradition. The tiny plastic baby hidden within the cake originated as a symbol of the Epiphany, a Christian holiday celebrating when the three wisemen first saw Jesus as a newborn.
The Old Pueblo Jazz Band will kick off the celebration at Kingfisher at 5:30pm followed by Dr Mojo and the Zydeco Cannibals from 8:30 to closing.
For more information, visit kingfishertucson.com.