You don't have to travel to New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday on Feb. 28.
New York City may not have a legendary parade in honor of the day of gluttony, but there are still plenty of feasts and parties to attend to celebrate.
Let the good times roll at these local events.
Get your food fix at a Louisiana Boucherie
Manhattan's The Cannibal is hosting an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink party for Mardi Gras. Chef Francis Derby has invited fellow food masters from local restaurants to cook up a 250-pound Mangalitsa pig for the feast. Enjoy a variety of cocktails including hurricanes, zombies, milk punches and more. (113 E. 29th St., 3 to 10 p.m., $125, eventbrite.com)
Head to a hurricane happy hour
Virgil’s Real Barbecue is serving up the New Orleans cocktail with a chilly twist. The Manhattan eatery is offering its signature Frozen Hurricane, featuring both Cruzan light and Bacardi dark rum, for $7 during its Mardi Gras happy hour. (152 W. 44th St., 4 to 7 p.m., 212-921-9292, virgilsbbq.com)
Enjoy French-inspired theatrics and good eats
Meatpacking District eatery Bagatelle is putting on a party fit for a king. At Allons Enfants de la Partie Mardi Gras, expect theatrics, dancers and, of course, plenty of food. Choose from French-inspired dishes including couscous poulet ($36) and goat cheese tartine ($16). Reservations are recommended. (1 Little W. 12th St., 5:30 p.m. to midnight, 212-488-2110, bistrotbagatelle.com)
Let the good times roll at the rink
Spend your Mardi Gras on the ice at Bryant Park’s Fat Tuesday “SK8 Night.” The rink, located in the park’s Winter Village, will turn green, purple and gold in celebration of the holiday. Skate to New Orleans-style jazz music, and enjoy free goodies (beads, anyone?) throughout the night. (476 Fifth Ave., 7 to 10 p.m., free admission, $20 skate rental, 917-438-5166, wintervillage.org)
Keep the party going all month
One Fat Tuesday isn't enough for you? Head to Manhattan's Village Pourhouse any Tuesday in February for drink specials worth celebrating. The bar is offering Abita beer for $4 and hurricane cocktails for $6. Plus, you can enter a raffle for a chance to bring home a cooler of Abitas. The winner will be determined at the end of the month. (64 Third Ave., noon to 2 a.m., 212-979-2337, villagepourhouse.com)
Rock Mardis Gras like a hurricane (cocktail)
Sip on a NOLA-approved drink at this Union Square bar. SideBAR is offering $6 hurricanes with every purchase on Mardi Gras. (118 E. 15th St., noon to 1 a.m., 212-677-2900, sidebarny.com)
Spice up your Fat Tuesday
Want to add a kick to your hurricane drink? Head uptown to e's BAR, which will be serving up a Spicy Hurricane for $5 to celebrate Mardi Gras. (511 Amsterdam Ave., 5 p.m. to midnight, 212-877-0961, e-barnyc.com)
Transport to the French Quarter on the Upper East Side
Treadwell Park beer hall will be celebrating Fat Tuesday for the first time, hosting its very own Mardi Gras Ball. Drag queen Ariel Italic will host the event that will feature music from Triad Brass, drinks and plenty of eats. Try Treadwell Park's Fire Breathing Jambalaya, Boudin Balls, and, of course, some sweet beignets for dessert. The Mardi Gras Ball will feature six brews from Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company, as well as the official New Orleans cocktail of choice, the Sazerac. (1125 First Ave., 6 to 10 p.m., 212-832-1551, treadwellpark.com)