On Saturday, February 22, Jacksonville Beach will be the place for all adults who want to celebrate Mardi Gras—in English, Fat Tuesday. Celebrations like this precede the traditional Shrove Tuesday events in New Orleans, and the Jax Beach affair will feature giveaways, prizes, and what organizers describe as “a unique pub crawl.”
General admission tickets are only $20, and you get:
A wristband for admission
A souvenir map
Drink specials at each bar* (specials are solely up to the venue participating)
Live Music [and]
Discounted drink specials for everyone with a wristband
Participating venues include Lynch’s Irish Pub, Salt, Tavern on 1st Street, The Ritz, The Brix, Surfer the Bar, The Wreck Tiki Bar, Flask and Cannon, V Pizza, Hoptinger, Sneakers, Shim Sham Room, and Mangos.
Costumes are warmly welcomed, and participants can bring their own beads then add to them because beads will be given away and so will prizes. If you get your map fully stamped by each venue, you can enter the drawing for a grand prize.
Although Fat Tuesday is traditionally associated with New Orleans, the date is also a common Christian observance for the last day before Lent, a season that begins on Ash Wednesday. The thinking was that you could eat lots of rich foods and such up until Lent when you do without something you like in order to pay penance and do some serious self-reflection before the Easter season. In some churches, including two I’ve attended, pancakes are served the night before Ash Wednesday. Lent mirrors Jesus Christ’s self-imposed seclusion in the desert for 40 days.
Jax Beach is the perfect venue for that “unique pub crawl”. Tickets can be obtained via the Jacksonville Mardi Gras Celebration 2020 page on Facebook. Full details about the celebration are also posted on that page.
(Kay B. Day/Feb. 7, 2020)
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