Mardi Gras “FABtastique!” Couture Event
Pour me something’ tall an’ strong,
Make it a “Hurricane” before I go insane.
It’s only half-past twelve but I don’t care.
It’s five o’clock somewhere.
– Alan Jackson, featuring Jimmy Buffett
Mardi Gras 2017 falls on Tuesday, February 28th… FAT TUESDAY HERE I COME! Whether it’s a strawberry daiquiri, a Cat 5 Hurricane, a Mango, an infamous 190 Octane, or simply an old reliable like a yard-long margarita, there’s nothing like a frozen drink from a boîte (that’s French for a small nightclub or restaurant featuring live music) on a hot Las Vegas day. Or even on a cold Las Vegas day for that matter. I don’t need Alan Jackson or Jimmy Buffett to tell me “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” because I’m ready to take this party by storm!
FAB “FAT” FACT: Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
However, we here at Destination Fabulous believe that any day can and should be celebrated as Mardi Gras, especially when it comes to your private party or corporate event. We call our Vegas-centric signature event: Mardi Gras “FABtastique!” From king cakes to sparkly beads, check out our “phat” (oops… make that “fat”) event details and FAB “FAT” FACTS about the origins of Mardi Gras.
FAB “FAT” FACT: Rex is known as the “King of Carnival” and the “Monarch of Merriment,” but should not be called “King Rex.” That would be redundant, since “Rex” means “King.” The image of Rex, the King of Carnival, is embossed on the face of the gold Rex doubloon, a popular parade throw.
They say “the Devil lives in New Orleans, but he parties in Vegas.” Get ready to laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) as we head on down to the Crescent City for a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras Las Vegas-themed special event, brought to you by Destination Fabulous DMC, Las Vegas’ premier destination management and event production company.
You’ll be tapping your heels and snapping your fingers as you enter our festive Mardi Gras carnival venue accompanied by our authentic Second Line brass band playing such standards as “The Saints Go Marching In.” As each guest enters, they receive their traditional Mardi Gras bead “throws” and masks, presented by our Fab Krewe.
FAB “FAT” FACT: Rex selected the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872 to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romanoff, whose house colors were purple, green, and gold. The 1892 Rex Parade theme, “Symbolism of Colors,” affirmed the colors’ meaning.
Revelers will experience all the pomp and circumstance of classic Mardi Gras pageantry, with the venue resplendently garbed in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of royal purple, green, and gold. Jugglers, jesters, contortionists, stilt walkers, and other costumed street performers get everyone into the party mood. A Mardi Gras “Big Chief,” bedecked in his stunning handmade feathered costume, provides a breathtaking photo op. A centerpiece featuring a huge papier-mâché jester dominates the room. Atmosphere models dressed in zany, inventive costumes add to the festive ambiance. As we said, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!”
FAB “FAT” FACT: Purple represents justice. Green represents faith. Gold represents power.
Columns uplit in purple, green, and gold topped with oversized feather plumes will line the perimeter of the room while tables in the same bold colors will offer guests a place to sit in between dining and dancing.
BONUS: Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of school colors for archrivals Louisiana State University and Tulane University.
Your guests will indulge in a variety of delicious Creole and Cajun-inspired New Orleans cuisine, including crawfish, crab and shrimp étouffée, chicken gumbo, muffulettas, fried oysters, jambalaya, po’ boys, beignets, and traditional Mardi Gras King Cake. Add even more culinary excitement to your guests’ dining pleasure with a special guest appearance by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse (subject to availability and for an additional charge). Bar stations located throughout the venue will feature flair bartenders pouring an array of libations, including top-shelf liquors, Sazerac, a classic mojito, or the event’s signature Hurricane drink served in tall souvenir glasses.
FAB COCKTAIL: New Orleans-Style Hurricane
- 1 oz. white rum
- 1 oz. Jamaican dark rum
- 1 oz. Bacardi® 151 rum
- 3 oz. orange juice
- 3 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz. grenadine syrup
- crushed ice
Combine all ingredients, mix well (shake or stir). Pour over crushed ice in hurricane glass. Best enjoyed through a small straw. Garnish with fruit wedge if desired.
Of course, a Las Vegas Mardi Gras celebration just wouldn’t be complete without the music that made New Orleans famous. Select from a variety of entertainment options, including a house DJ, jazz combo, an authentic Second Line brass band, Cajun fiddlers, or a genuine Creole Zydeco ensemble complete with washboard and accordion.
You can also take your Mardi Gras entertainment to the next level with a special appearance by Aaron Neville of the Neville Brothers (subject to availability and for an additional charge).
Your Mardi Gras “FABtistique” special event created by Destination Fabulous Las Vegas DMC will most certainly be the talk of the town as your guests experience the ultimate New Orleans-style party. We “gar-on-tee” it!
P.S. That’s Louisiana Creole for “take care.”
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Written by Jim Brown, Don Rollins, Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Spirit Music Group