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WEEKEND IN DENVER: Mardi Gras celebrations
Gerald Herbert
WEEKEND IN DENVER: Mardi Gras celebrations

The Big Easy.

No, not your roommate — it’s a nickname for the South’s party city, New Orleans. (And, also, your roommate.)

Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, the last day of a monthlong Carnival celebration of religion, culture, masks, beads and boobs.

In New Orleans, at least.

So, before the subsequent Ash Wednesday, which is the kickoff of 40 days of Lent (and repent and torment and lament and such) …

So, since you’re giving up alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate and cussing for Lent …

I’m going to show you the path to wrath first.

Denver has some Mardi Gras events to help, so here are a few that might strike your topless fancy. (Note to selves: Public nudity is a crime, foo.)


Voodoo Mardi Gras Masquerade

Don’t wait ’til Tuesday, sin early.

Tonight, Casselman’s, 2620 Walnut St., Denver, is hosting The Cirque Side of the Moon: A Voodoo Mardi Gras Masquerade at 8 p.m.

Instead of eating mushrooms, popping in “Wizard of Oz” and pairing it with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in your footie jammies (while smashing brownie bites in your face), head to Casselman’s. Tonight, The Cirque Side of the Moon will mesh Boulder-based MOTH Poetic Circus’ burlesque dancers, fire spinners, contortionists and acrobats while Denver’s Pink Floyd tribute band, Wish We Were Floyd, plays the album in its entirety.

Info: Tonight at 8;;; $25-$40


Denver Mardi Gras

Party in the Tech Center!

Dad, is that you?

So Greenwood Village might be a little hike from Boulder, but Denver’s biggest Mardi Gras party swings down south this year. The Light Rail’s got your inebriated back.

Kevin Larson Presents the Third Annual Mardi Gras at the Hilton Doubletree DTC, 7801 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, at 9 p.m. Saturday. The Doubletree creates the perfect setting for a Bourbon Street-style soiree with guest hotel room balconies overlooking the main event room.

There will be stilt walkers, jugglers, dancing, a shitload of beads (probably a lot of boobs), two dance floors — one with live music from Denver’s reggae/ska group P-Nuckle and one with DJs spinning dance tunes. Costumes and masks are encouraged.

Info: Saturday at 9 p.m.;; call hotel for reduced room rates; $29-$59 for event


Born on the bayou

At Bayou Bob’s, 1635 Glenarm Place, Denver, every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, where your wallet will make love to Cajun food specials, the boiled crawfish is flown in from Louisiana (when it’s in season which = now) and the drink specials are reminiscent of a Boulder dive bar (domestic beer buckets are $10 for six of ’em and house hurricanes are $2.50).

At least start the night out here, where you can pad your belly with Cajun fries smothered with crawfish etouffee.

Info: Specials every Tuesday; 303-573-6828


Fat Tuesday Extravaganza

On the “real” Fat Tuesday, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St., Denver, is hosting Bella Diva Dance’s Fat Tuesday Extravaganza.

The dance troupe specializes in belly dancing and Brazilian samba, but Tuesday they’ll be decked out in feathers, beads and over-the-top Carnival costumes while tantalizing the audience with sexy dance moves and beats from around the world.

Wear a costume and win tickets to a future show at Lannie’s.

Info: Tuesday at 8 p.m.; 303-293-0075; $15

Of note: Hurricanes are strong (gin, vodka, rum, amaretto, triple sec, pineapple and grapefruit); public nudity is illegal; green, purple and gold are Mardi Gras colors; masks, beads and costumes are a hit; if your boobs sag, keep ’em in your bra.