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Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez! Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in LA

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Mardi Gras float in New Orleans (Elise Thompson/LAist)

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, and it's time to party down before the traditional Lenten fasting and abstinance we know you will all be observing. For those of us who can't make it to the Big Easy, there are plenty of great places to celebrate Fat Tuesday right here at home.

The original Farmers Market will be holding its traditional Carnival, with live music, beads and fun for the kiddies. The Gumbo Pot serves up a fantastic catfish po'boy and some of the best red beans and rice in town! Other restaurants will also be offering specials, as will the bars.

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Amoeba Music will be celebrating Mardi Gras right there in the store with a parade that will spill out onto the streets. They promise live music, decorations, floats, masks, and beads (That's right - floats!). The action starts early at 3pm with the parade commencing at 4pm. A portion of the day's proceeds will be donated to Tippitina's Foundation and the New Orleans Music Clinic, so buy a Professor Longhair CD and get in the spirit!