Mardi Gras “FABtastiqué!”

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Floats, scantily clad celebrators and parades: Mardi Gras is a time of revelry and raucousness. Mardi Gras 2016 falls on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Mardi Gras, also called Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”), and is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

However, we here at Destination Fabulous believe that any day can 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 “FABtastiqué!” From king cakes to sparkly beads, here’s our event details, and FAB “FUN”FACTS about the origins of Mardi Gras fixings.

FAB FACT: FAT TUESDAY HAS BEEN A DAY OF REVELRY IN EUROPE SINCE THE MIDDLE AGES. But it took a few more centuries for the tradition to catch on in the United States.

They say that “the Devil lives in New Orleans, but he parties in Vegas.” Get ready to “Laisses les bon temps roulez,” (Let the good times roll) as we head on down to the Crescent City for a New Orleans-styled 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 FACT: BEADS HAVE BEEN A TRADITON SINCE THE EARLY 1900’s. Beads were first thrown by Santa during a parade in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until a few decades ago that they became synonymous with flashing.

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, gold, and green. Jugglers, jesters, contortionists, stilt walkers and other costumed street performers help get everyone into a party mood. A Mardi Gras “Big Chief,” bedecked in his stunning, hand-made 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: “Laisses les bon temps roulez!”

Lighted columns up lit in purple, green and gold topped with oversized feather plumes will surround the perimeter of the room while tables in the same bold colors will offer guests a place to sit in between dining and dancing.

FAB FACT: THE OFFICIAL COLORS OF MARDI GRAS ARE PURPLE, GOLD, AND GREEN. Purple signifies justice, gold means power, and green stands for faith.

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 FACT: KING’S CAKE IS EATEN ALL THROUGHOUT CARNIAVAL SEASON. King’s cake (or three kings cake), is eaten throughout the world during carnival season. In the US, it is traditionally purple, green, and gold, with a trinket baby Jesus inside. Whoever gets the baby Jesus is said to have good luck all year!

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 for an additional cost).

FAB FACT: MARDI GRAS MARKS THE END OF CARNIVAL SEASON. Countries around the world celebrate Mardi Gras as the last day of Carnival season, which starts after Christmas, on January 6th, (known as ‘Twelfth Night’).

Your “Mardi Gras FABtastiqué” 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-styled party. After all, our Carnival season never ends. We “gar-on-tee” it!



P.S. That’s Louisiana Creole for Good-bye.