The 8 Best Mardi Gras Parties in America (Not Including New Orleans)

From feuding Krewes to the Fat Tuesday parade to the free-flowing booze, the Big Easy represents on Mardi Gras. But, you’d expect no less from a city that gave the world jazz. Its dances, costumes, and multi-colored beads make it one of the country’s most famous parties. It’s immortalized in films like Easy Rider, The Princess and the Frog and Girls Gone Wild: Mardi Gras Invasion. However, New Orleans ain’t the only city to cut loose on Shrove Tuesday.

The end of the Carnival season is a cause for celebration across the globe. There are ancient masquerades in Venice and thicc dancers sambaing in Rio de Janeiro. Even if you can’t make it to these global party capitals for Mardi Gras this year, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight cities that seriously cut loose for Mardi Gras but aren’t New Orleans.

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