Cincinnati is partying New Orleans-style this week with an extravaganza of bead throwin’, crawfish eatin’, mask wearin’ Mardi Gras events.
Keep calm and parade on this weekend at the 18th annual MainStrasse Village Mardi Gras party with the Big Head Parade Friday and the Grande Parade Saturday. Spice up both nights with Cajun food and live music in the entertainment tent. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $10 per night; $15 in advance for both nights. Must be 21 to purchase ticket. Sixth and Main streets, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.
Findlay Market will host its 10th annual Mardi Gras at the Market this Sunday, featuring their best French Quarter imitation.
The event will include decorated stands, a parade around the market, local music and samples of a traditional lowland seafood boil. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Findlay Market, 1801 Race Street, Over-the-Rhine, findlaymarket.org.
Continue the festivities with lively Fat Tuesday celebrations. Chef Michael Shields will cook up a delicious Louisiana crawfish broil at BrewRiver GastroPub with a special Abita tapping and live New Orleans Jazz and Blues music. Masks will be given away to the first 30 people who order crawfish. 5 p.m. Tuesday. BrewRiver GastroPub, 2062 Riverside Drive, East End, brewrivergastropub.com.
Finish off the night at any 4EG bar — The Lackman, Igby’s, The Righteous Room, The St. Clair, etc. — for their Show Me Your Tito’s celebration. Tito’s specialty cocktails are just $3.50 all night. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday. foureg.com.