The best places to celebrate Mardi Gras in Brooklyn!

An L of a good time: The L Train Brass Band will play at the Bell House on March 3 for its party “Common Sense: A Mardi Gras Bash To Make Every Person Count.”
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Take it Big Easy this week!

Mardis Gras is happening in New Orleans right now, but if you want to have a Cajun celebration before the start of Lent, we have found plenty of events with beads and king cake right here in Kings County.

Bead counters

Support our neighbors in the South while you party at “It’s Common Census: A Mardi Gras Bash To Make Every Person Count.”

The event will raise cash for Southern Echo, a Mississippi group that works with the Census to count everyone and redraw gerrymandered districts.

The party will feature stand-up comedy from Pat Regan, drag bingo, burlesque performances from Darlinda Just Darlinda, and live music from the L train Brass Band, who marched down Bourbon street last weekend!

“It’s Common Census” at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510,]. March 3 at 3 pm. $25.

Swing set

If you want to go upscale for your Fat Tuesday creole carnival, the place to be is Park Slope’s swank Montauk Club, which will host three floors of dancing and burlesque performances.

Brooklyn Swings will offer dance lessons at the beginning of the night, so you can lindy hop all evening to music from the Second Line Brass Band, zydeco act Gordon Webster and Friends, or DJ Cochon de Lait, among others.

Carnival masks will be on sale for cheap, and beads are free!

“The Salon: Mardi Gras” at the Montauk Club (25 Eighth Ave. at Lincoln Place in Park Slope, March 5; 6–11 pm. $39 ($52 with open bar).

House of Oui

Keep the party going late into the night with a visit to “Mardi Gras Brass and Sass” at the House of Yes.

The Hot Hand Brass Band will start blowing at 10 pm, aerial performers will swing overhead, and you can join the parade winding around the space until 4 am. Costumes encouraged!

“Mardi Gras” at House of Yes [2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street in Bushwick, (646) 838–4937,]. March 5 at 10 pm. Free.

Goes down Easy

If you just want to eat and drink on Fat Tuesday, visit cajun bar Heavy Woods!

The saloon will feature a live stream from Bourbon street, tasty po’ boys, $5 drafts of Louisiana beers, and $8 hurricane cocktails.

And if you register in advance with Eventbrite, you will get a free king cake shot.

Mardi Gras Party at Heavy Woods [50 Wyckoff Ave. between Starr Street and Willoughby Avenue in Bushwick, (929) 234–3500.]. March 5 at 7 pm. Free.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 1:16 pm, February 28, 2019
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