Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is notorious for its excess, glamour, and gluttony. The idea is that all followers of the Catholic faith will soon deprive themselves of what they really want during the Lenten period. Before that gets started, they want to have their fill before start their fast. In 2019, anyone can celebrate Mardi Gras as a festival of food and fun. And while Nashville may not get the headlines that New Orleans does, there are still plenty of events that its residents can attend and pay homage to this famous holiday. Here are the top picks for those looking for a good time both on and around March 5, 2019.
Moves & Grooves Art Splash
On March 8, get ready to attend a party that will knock your (proverbial) socks off. Located at the Noah Liff Opera Center, the Art Splash is a Mardi Gras themed masquerade that residents won't want to miss. Experience the full mystery and intrigue of the masked ball and delight in feeling anonymous in the crowd. This event may occur after the official celebration, but attendees can still feel good about themselves because it's all for a good cause.
This gala is actually a fundraising event in disguise. Hosted by Channel 5's Tuwanda Coleman, the event takes the time to honor local leaders in the communities who are doing their part to encourage everything from arts to philanthropy to education. Tickets start at just $75 and come complete with dinner and wine (courtesy of the top chefs in Nashville).
Les Kerr & the Bayou Band
Starting on March 5 and continuing to the early morning hours of the next day, visitors and locals alike can head to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to see Les Kerr & the Bayou Band. This band has been touring all through the South for a number of years, and they still have the energy to delight crowds of all sizes.
For those who might have wanted to travel to the Big Easy this year but missed their chance, this is definitely the event for them. The band mixes the best elements of their favorite genres, including blues, rock, and island beats. The energy they bring to the table will be hard to find anywhere else.
Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry is a great place to go on any day of the week, but there's something about indulging in music while supporting new talent on this special event. This event may not have a specific Mardi Gras theme, but that doesn't mean the artists won't pay their own special tribute to it when they're on stage.
Not every artist on this night's line-up has been confirmed, but attendees will get to see Scott McCreery and Tenille Townes giving it their all on stage. This event is perfect for those who want to include their children in the celebration (without exposing them to the worst of the revelry).
No matter what visitors or residents choose to do on Mardi Gras, they should have an appreciation for what the holiday really means. It's a day that celebrates life and all of the joy there is to be found. It's about treating oneself to the things that they may have been taught to deny themselves. Ultimately, it's about creating a balance that will help everyone find a healthy medium between the feast and the fast.
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