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Celebrate Mardi Gras early in Atlanta with a streetcar adventure

It’s not quite Mardi Gras yet, but carnival season for the annual celebration is upon us and Atlanta has a huge event planned to celebrate this weekend.

Touted as the city’s largest Mardi Gras event, Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure is the ticket to explore downtown and the Old Fourth Ward  — preferably in costume —  while traveling on the Atlanta Streetcar.

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“Your adventure includes exclusive New Orleans themed food & drink specials, complimentary drinks & shots, live New Orleans street band, post event party, attraction discounts, beads & more!” the event description said. “The Atlanta Streetcar route takes you through the historical districts of Edgewood Av & Fairly Poplar District, the heart of Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street and the Centennial Olympic Park District.”

More than 40 establishments are participating in the 21 and up event, which will feature live music by the 10-piece Wasted Potential Brass Band. 

After registration at Municipal Market — or as locals call it, the Curb Market — a ticket beginning at $20 provides all-day access to the streetcar and discounted access to attractions including the College Football Hall of Fame and the Georgia Aquarium. Complimentary beverages, food and drink specials can be redeemed with 10-tabbed wristbands. Participating eateries include Bone Lick Southern Kitchen and Mangos Caribbean Restaurant in Old Fourth Ward; Gibney’s Pub and Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint downtown and Philly G Steaks and Metro Deli Soul Food in Municipal Market, to name a few.

Adventure-seekers can also nab those highly coveted Mardi Gras beads before the adventure ends. Once the event wraps at 6 p.m., attendees can head to Sidebar for an exclusive after-party.

After a day of food and booze, guests may want a place nearby to lay their heads, so hotel accommodations are also available. See the event page for details.

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Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure
noon-6 p.m. Saturday, February 15
Municipal Market: 209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta


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