Mardi Gras Festival returns to the Parish with an alligator roast

A tap takeover and an entire alligator to be roasted at the bash.

05mar2:00 pm11:59 pmMardi Gras FestivalGator roast, tap takeover & more2:00 pm - 11:59 pm AZ The Parish

Each year, the southern fusion gastropub brings the spirit, atmosphere, and revelry of the Big Easy to Tucson.

This year, The Parish is letting the good times roll with its annual Mardi Gras Festival from 2 p.m. – midnight on Tuesday, March 5.

You can expect classic Cajun food out of chef Travis Peters and his crew, like a Crawfish Boil with the traditional fixings, an Alligator Roast that’s wrapped in bacon, an Abita Beer tap takeover, and live music with a massive amount of beads to go all around.

The cover charge is $10 per person, food and beverage not included. Reservations aren’t needed to get down and party but it is going to be first come first served.

Performances by:

  • Bad News Blues Band
  • Brian Dean Trio
  • River Road Ramblers
  • Mighty Joel Ford and Michael P.
  • Mike Herbert Prison Band
  • Muffulletas
  • Tiny House of Funk
  • In Tha Zone

Much like the previous Mardi Gras Festivals, The Parish is raising funds for non-profit organization Lower Nine. The group is dedicated to the long-term recovery of New Orleans’ historic Lower Ninth Ward from Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches of 2005.

If you’d like to donate $50 to the organization, the bands will play “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

The Parish Gastropub is located at 6453 N. Oracle Rd. For more information about the Mardi Gras festival, call (520) 797-1233 or visit

At a very young age, Matt was gifted with the artistic ability to masterfully roll a burrito to the highest of standards.