Thursday, March 3, 2011

Durham Celebrates...Everything

Durham celebrates everything; just take Marry Durham as an example. A marriage celebrating the love Durham citizens have for their community on March 19th. Given this love of celebration, it’s only natural that some local restaurants have dinner specials in honor of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras, translated Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, is the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which starts on Ash Wednesday. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy all Durham has to offer.

Friday, March 4:

The Broad Street CafĂ© is hosting a Pre-Mardi Gras celebration with Skeedaddle. This energetic six piece band will play Hawaiian, hokum and viper tunes, but they’ll also have some guests to join in for Cajun tunes as well. New Orleans inspired dinner specials are on the menu and guests are encouraged to wear beads, fun hats, and a smile.

Tuesday, March 8:

Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse is throwing a huge party for Mardi Gras. There will be two party rooms, four bands, a mask contest, face painting, caricatures and an art gallery. Food will be served in the restaurant only, and all the big festivities in the adjacent ballroom. Guests are encouraged wear masks and Papa Mojo’s will provide the beads. For ticket information and for a performance schedule, visit their website.

Blu Seafood is also offering Creole and Cajun classics on their Mardi Gras themed menu served from 5:00-10:00. Menu items will include shellfish gumbo, jambalaya, and New Orleans inspired cocktails.

Bandido’s decided not to pass up the occasion for celebration either and is featuring shrimp and crayfish enchiladas with chipotle cream sauce as a lunch and dinner special. They will also have drinks specials and offer customers beards.  Check out there offer on

The Pinhook is offering Cajun dance lessons taught by Jack and Sandra Wolf at 8:00 (perhaps a good way to exercise off some of the dinner special calories) and at 9:00 the Shamu Garcon band will take the stage to play high octane Cajun dance music.

Don't miss out on all the celebrations Durham has to offer, visit to see a comprehensive list.

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