Fat Tuesday, the high point of Mardi Gras celebrations is Tuesday February 16th this year.
Disclaimer: In case my girlfriend reads this I am NOT planning on going to any Mardi Gras events myself, just imparting the information so that those of you (especially young men and inebriated young women) who want to attend these events can do so.
First, allow me to say that although Denver has made great strides in terms of celebrating events such as New Year’s, no similar city effort has been directed at Mardi Gras, with the result that for the most part Denver Mardi Gras events have been comparatively lame. One reason for this might well be the cautionary tale of a city that once embraced a pretty wild Mardi Gras, only to have that end in tragedy.
The city was Seattle, and, as we are all aware, one of the big draws (let’s be honest, THE big draw) of Fat Tuesday is that occasionally young women will get in the spirit of the event (i.e. drunk), and for a string of beads worth 50 cents show the crowds of revelers their, ah, their (I don’t really have to say it do I people?).
Anyway, apparently this innocent yearly event began attracting the wrong crowd in Seattle (who knew?), and among some in this crowd were troublemakers, gang-related and otherwise, who during one Mardi Gras celebration began to assault, sexually and perhaps otherwise, young women who had chosen to attend the event. One young man jumped to the aid of one of these young women and was murdered in a crime that shocked Seattle into dropping Mardi Gras celebrations for a long time, perhaps for the foreseeable future.
The young hero’s name was Christopher Kime. He was a hero even in death. As an organ donor he saved numerous people including the recipient of a heart transplant who declared that he was proud and grateful to have the heart of a hero beating within him.
Naturally, several of the strip clubs, such as the Diamond Cabaret have Mardi Gras events scheduled, but, is it just me or does it seem like going to a strip club would be a lame way to spend Mardi Gras, when it is essentially Fat Tuesday every day there.
Vinyl’s will be holding a Mardi Gras Femme’s Night (is that like ladies night?) with no cover for ladies and $1 drinks until midnight. That sounds like it might get some of the ladies in the Mardi Gras spirit.
Even more of the Mardi Gras spirit is present at The Church nightclub at 1160 Lincoln. Beginning at 9 p.m., there will be a “$300 cash bead contest.” Guys will be given beads at the door. Women are told they must “earn” their beads. Hmmm, I wonder what they mean by that.
Lastly (by the way if I miss any events please feel free to announce your event in the comments section underneath), Wynkoop Brewing Company near the 16th Street Mall will be having what might be the most authentic Mardi Gras with Creole food, a couple of parades including the symbolic sacrifice of a keg of Nawlins beer, all starting out at the Wazee Supper Club.
Outside of Denver, there will be Mardi Gras parties in Breckenridge, Vail, Loveland and Crested Butte among others. For details on these events visit: