South Florida may be a long way from New Orleans, but Floridians can throw a fabulous Mardi Gras celebration, too. As Francesca Belloumini stated in her article “Best Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras in South Florida,” we can “dive into the heart of Mardi Gras” festivities all across the state. Parades, floats, beads, fanciful costumes and more await revelers at many of the establishments across South Florida.

The Fish House
10000 S. W. 56th St., Suite 41
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 595-8453

Date: Feb. 17, 2015

Mardi Gras 2015 at The Fish House promises good food and lots of fun for all its guests. Live music, delicious food, a Craw Fish Bowl, King Cakes and beads makes this a grand event for Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 17 beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy over 40 different types of beer and fabulous seafood in a relaxed, Key West-style setting. Listen to wonderful Blues/Jazz music in the “Backroom Live” section of The Fish House. Some of the best Jazz/Blues bands play at The Fish House. This is a must-see event for Mardi Gras!

Main Street Mardi Gras Parade And Crawfish Boil
Losner Park
104 N. Krome Ave.
Homestead, FL 33030

Date: March 14, 2015 from 4:00pm to 11:00pm

This is a major town event for the city of Homestead, Florida. There will be foods like Gumbo, Jambalaya, and the famous Crawfish Boil. A Mardi Gras parade, complete with lots of noise and thousands of beads to be given away. This event is free to the public. So come on out for some live music, great food, and a short but fabulous Mardi Gras parade.

Related: Best Places To Celebrate Mardi Gras In South Florida 

Shuck-N-Dive Cajun Café
650 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 462-0088

Date: February 17, 2015 from 12 noon – 12am

For the 17th year, Shuck-n-Dive Cajun Café will host the annual Mardi Gras celebration on February 17, 2015. Shuck-n-Dive’s relaxing atmosphere, cozy booths, and well-stocked bar make this a fantastic place for a Mardi Gras party. Fresh, Louisiana oysters, fried green tomatoes, boudin, shrimp-n-grits, crawfish boil, and other favorites give clients a tantalizing smell that will whet the appetite of even the pickiest eater. Shuck-n-Dive is open Tuesday – Sunday at 11am.

Fat Tuesday Key West
305 Duval St.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 296-9373

Date: Feb. 17, 2015

Enjoy a taste of Bourbon Street right here in Key West. Just visit Fat Tuesday on Duval Street. Fat Tuesday Key West is known as party central complete with a full-service bar that serves mixed drinks, beer, Key West margaritas and its famous frozen daiquiris. Fat Tuesday even serves virgin daiquiris for those who don’t drink alcoholic beverages. The ambiance at Fat Tuesday Key West on the last day of Mardi Gras can’t be beat. Visit Fat Tuesday Key West and start a tradition that you will want to continue every year for Mardi Gras.

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