February 1 – 13

Various times

Mardi Gras is getting an early start on the Northside and you’re invited to the 13-day party.

Pittsburgh’s largest Mardi Gras fête, the neighborhood-wide celebration starts Thursday and keeps the good times rolling until Fat Tuesday on February 13.

What’s Mardi Gras without excellent food, drinks and music? Revelers will enjoy New Orleans-inspired menus and retail specials at 30-plus businesses — from Arnold’s Tea and Scratch to Bear Dog Bicycles.

New this year is a fundraiser kick-off party at the Grand Hall at the Priory February 1. The night will feature live music, Creole-style fare, door prizes and dancing, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Haiti relief organization, Work. Buy tickets.

Presented by the Northside Leadership Conference, the festivities will culminate in a traditional Fat Tuesday party at the Allegheny Elks Lodge featuring live music by Dixie Doc and the Dixieland Allstars, king cake, raffles and more. Current Mardi Gras King Randy Gilson — creator of famed Mexican War Streets public art destination Randyland — will pass the crown to this year’s Mardi Gras Queen, award-winning jazz vocalist, Etta Cox.

From Allegheny West to Troy Hill, Mardi Gras will spotlight the cultural diversity of Northside businesses and residents.

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