There's no better place in Tulsa to do your Fat Tuesday thing tonight than the Blue Dome District this year. Thanks to the Blue Dome Merchants Association's inaugural Mardi Gras parade and the parties going on at the individual Blue Dome restaurants and venues, it'll be like having Bourbon Street in your own backyard.
We're talking everything from a parade (complete with floats, of course) to jazz music to corner beer troughs to specials at all of the Blue Dome's hottest hot spots. It all gets started between Fourth, Greenwood, Detroit and the tracks at 7pm.
Once the parade wraps - it'll get started at First and Greenwood, by the way (click here for a complete parade route) - the streets of the Blue Dome District will remain closed until midnight. Several great bands will take over, performing in the District’s restaurants and bars. It'll be a street party to rival any going on in ol' New Orleans this Fat Tuesday.
Here's the short list of what's going on after the parade in the hottest of the Blue Dome venues.
Where: 409 E. First Street
Hurricanes might not be a dime a dozen here in Okie-homa like they are on the east coast and in the Gulf, but they are just $5 all night long at McNellies on Fat Tuesday.
Where: 332 E. First Street
It's always all about tacos on Tuesdays at El Guapos, and Fat Tuesday is no different. Get $1 tacos and $2 Tecate all night long. Plus, get $3 Bohemia, $5 Cazadores tequila shots and $6 Cazadores Margaritas.
Where: 112 S. Elgin Ave.
The Zuits! Enough said. Plus, Joe Momma's will be churning out noms from its Cajun-themed menu, created to celebrate the occasion of the first Mardi Gras parade in the Blue Dome District. Get $2 PBR Tall Boys, $1 Miller High Life and $2 Miller Light and Coors Light cans.
Where: 119 S. Detroit Ave.
Get your kicks on Route 66 and your Mardi Gras beads at Dwelling Spaces. Plus, see Klondike 5. I hear Dwelling Spaces owner Mary Beth Babcock really pulled out the stops in putting together her float for the parade. Get a load of this: An eight-foot robot, the Route 66 Blue Whale, a Rabbit, a Bear, Edison High School's Drum Corps, Tulsa Drillers mascot HORNSBY (who just moved to the Blue Dome District recently), and the Tulsa 66ers Dancers. Wow, Mary Beth. Your float sounds like it could be the entire parade.
Where: 230 E. First Street
Heady P and Dub Nasty will perform. Plus, get $4 SoCo Lime shots, $2 PBR and $4 Abita beers.
Where: 309 E. Second Street
Karaoke, baby! All night long. Plus, get Estrella Beer for $3 and Bull Frog cocktails - a mix of Jeremiah Weed (sweet tea-flavored vodka), lemonade and tart cherry juice - for $6. I don't know about y'all, but I think I'm gonna have to try one of those Bull Frogs.
Blue Dome Diner
Where: 311 E. Second Street
If you thought the Blue Dome Diner could do breakfast, just wait until you see what they can do with a Cajun-inspired menu. Get beer specials all day and music from the band Ego Culture, a New Orleans Reggae Funk outfit. They'll start at 9pm.
Where: 318 E. Second Street
Get $2.50 PBRs and $3.00 Coronas. Yum.
This inaugural Mardi Gras parade is thanks to the BDMA, which teamed up with the likes of Coors Light, Miller Light, Urban Tulsa Weekly, Oklahomans for Equality and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center to put on what promises to be one hell of a show.
Be there or regret it for at least the next 40 days and nights. Where in the Blue Dome will I see you tonight?