It's okay to eat, drink and be merry on Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday is the traditional day when folks are allowed to indulge -- before Ash Wednesday shuts all the enjoyment down and Lent begins. Fortunately, you don't have to be Catholic to get into the spirit of Mardi Gras's last hurrah, and while Colorado is far from the French Quarter, there's more than one reason to throw caution to the wind tonight and party till the cows come home.

Here in Denver, you can do it with feathers, beads and a bit of bawdy burlesque at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret or at Dazzle, where the Blue Sky Carnival Band will be blowin' the blues and costumes, face-painting and Louisiana cuisine will be the order of the evening.

But if you want to take part in the state's longest-running Shortest Mardi Gras Parade, you'll have to head to Longmont and Oscar Blues or its sibling in Lyons, where the party will include such Louisiana specialties as roast pig, gumbo, alligator meat, oysters on the half-shell and king cake, all washed down with traditional hurricanes or Oskar's prize-winning Deviant Dale's IPA. Jackamo will provide the tunes in Longmont and the Zydecoasters will let the good times roll in Lyons.

Woo hoo! Get your krewe together and have your fun while you still can, before you turn into a pumpkin, cher...

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