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Celebrating Fat Tuesday In Philadelphia

Looking for a dose of the Big Easy? Head straight to Reading Terminal Market's Beck's Cajun Cafe for traditional dishes like their Jambalaya. (Photo courtsey Beck's Cajun Cafe)

True, this is not Louisiana, however, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Fat Tuesday with the best of ‘em! The warm temperatures outside feel more like New Orleans than Philadelphia, so break out that stash of beads and tap into your inner Mardi Gras!

Beck’s Cajun Cafe – Reading Terminal
In honor of the festive holiday, Beck’s Cajun Café in Reading Terminal Market is serving delicious King Cakes. In case you haven’t gotten the memo, Beck’s is the spot for authentic N’Awlins cuisine, and Chef Bill Beck’s King Cakes are the real deal. You can order small individual cakes throughout this week; the more traditional ring cakes which serve 15-20 can be ordered on a day’s notice. Not quite sure what a King Cake is – consult our friends at uwishunu for more info.

Chris’ Jazz Cafe
Chris’ Jazz Cafe kicks off their celebration at Noon with King Cakes, beads and a bunch of specials including $5 Gumbo, $3 Abita Bottles and $5 Hurricanes. Beginning at 7PM, local New Orleans style band, Hoppin John Orchestra will start belting out their brass band tribute to Mardi Gras.

The Twisted Tail
Ok, we’ve been plugging this Bella Vista spot frequently, but it’s not without warrant – they simply have awesome events. Tonight’s no different as the Twisted Tail will host a Mardi Gras celebration featuring Crawfish Mac & Cheese and an Abita draft take over. And if that’s not enough, the New Orleans inspired menu will be complimented by music from the UArts New Orleans 2nd Line Band which begins playing at 6PM.

Mardi Gras with The Wild Bohemians at World Cafe Live
This is the 28th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration for local band, The Wild Bohemians. The band’s repertoire consists of any and all music from Louisiana, including Cajun, Zydeco, Dixieland, Mardi Gras Street Music, Jazz, R&B, and a specialty the Bohemians called Swamp Stomp. Sure to be a good time, tickets are $12 and available online at Wold Cafe Live. Doors open at 8PM.