Free Mardi Gras event: Avalon Boulevard transforms into Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday

Why Is Mardi Gras Called Fat Tuesday? The name "Fat Tuesday" has origins in Catholicism. Fat Tuesday marks the end of Carnival season, which Hello Giggles reports is mostly a southern European and Latin American celebration. The gathering consists of dancing, drinking and feasting. Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent, follows Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. Catholics usually fast in preparation for Lent. The group begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. But

You won’t have to go to New Orleans this Fat Tuesday, because Alpharetta’s Avalon Boulevard is going to mirror the Crescent City’s Bourbon Street on the last day of Carnival.

The mixed-use development’s annual Mardi Gras at Avalon celebration is set for Feb. 25, and guests are invited to sip specialty drinks, shop and stroll through the area as jazz music plays.

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Guests can make their first stop at Avalon’s Concierge, where they can get their pub crawl passport, a Mardi Gras-style mask and beads to accent their best purple, green and gold outfits. Then they can make their way to more than half a dozen restaurants and collect stamps along the way. Once attendees get at least three stamps, they’ll be entered to win a Mardi Gras at Avalon prize package.

Among the participating restaurants are Oak Steakhouse, Goldberg’s, South City Kitchen and Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar. Each eatery is offering specials on drinks and food, including a $10 crawfish bowl at Oak Steakhouse and a $9 Montana Sazarac at Ted’s Montana Grill.

Avalon opened in 2014 as one of the first mixed-use developments outside the Perimeter. An 86-acre community, it features dozens of retail shops, dining options, luxury apartments and 750,000 square feet of modern office spaces.

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Mardi Gras at Avalon
5-9 p.m. Tuesday, February 25 
Avalon: 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta