Looking to live it up, N’awlins style? Grab your beads and head out to one of Mardi Gras celebrations in Southern Connecticut:
Black Rock Rocks Mardi Gras 2014 featuring performances by Roots of Creation, Pete Francis, Sophistafunk, Primate Fiasco and more at three neighborhood venues -- Acoustic Café, Tautog Tavern & Fire Engine Pizza -- on Saturday, March 1. 203-400-9509, blackrockrocks.org.
We hope you're in the dancing mood. The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport hosts performances by Rubber City Blues Band and Pocket Full of Soul on Tuesday, March 4, 7-11 p.m. Mardi Gras attire encouraged; awards will be given out for best costumes. Tickets are $10 and $15. 203-332-3228, thebijoutheatre.com.
Enjoy live music all evening with Shaka & The SoulShakers at Two Boots, 281 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport on Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. Cajun fare -- alligator nuggets with remoluade sauce, jambalaya, gumbo, catfish fritters, po boys and more -- will be served up throughout the evening. 203-331-1377, twoboots.com.
Grammy award-winner Charles Neville and Connecticut native Jeff Pitchell perform a concert, “Mardi Gras! A Taste of New Orleans and the Blues,” at The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St. on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $25. thepalacedanbury.com, 203-794-9944.
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Get your spicy on when The Unity Hill United Church of Christ, 364 White Plains Road, Trumbull hosts a Mardi Gras chili cook-off on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. Grand Chili Champion wins $100; Best Decorated Table wins $50. 203-374-8822.
Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville celebrates southern-style on Tuesday, March 4, 2-7 p.m. in The Shops concourse; featuring music on the Mardi Gras float stage, strolling entertainers and drink specials. mohegansun.com
New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St. hosts a Mardi Gras Gala and Silent Auction on Tuesday, March 5:30-9:30 p.m.; enjoy food from New Haven restaurants and dancing throughout the evening. 203-946-8130, nhfpl.org.
Bluu, 2 Nabby Road, Danbury, hosts a Mardi Gras party on Friday, Feb. 28 with 90s music by DJ Jerry and free beads; $1 drinks from 9-11 p.m. 203-788-8922, bluudanbury.com.
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The Redding Road House, 406 Redding Road, hosts their Big Bash on Tuesday, March 4 with music by David Morgan, Matt Moadel and Rich Zurkowski starting at 7 p.m.; enjoy Creole-themed fare, including gumbo, catfish, braised chicken Creole and etouffee. 203-938-3388, reddingroadhouse.com.