Will you be in Cincy for Mardi Gras this year? Bust out the king cake, don your beads and get ready to party – laissez les bons temps rouler!

Mardi Gras in Mainstrasse

A German-influenced neighborhood might not be the first place you think of when searching for Mardi Gras festivities, but Mainstrasse Village in Covington, Kentucky is notorious for being the life of the party every February!

The annual Mardi Gras parade will kick off on Saturday, February 18. Starting at Larry’s All-American Café, the route winds down Main Street and ends on 5th. You’ll find popular local bars along the parade route like Gypsy’s, the Cock & Bull Public House and Crafts & Vines where you can grab a Hurricane and enjoy live music. If you’re looking for a more guided experience, you can also tag along on the Mainstrasse Pub Crawl that kicks off immediately afterwards at Up Over bar. Click here for more information.

Mardi Gras for Homeless Children

If you’re looking for a fun event with a good cause, the 32nd Mardi Gras for Homeless Children will take place on Fat Tuesday, February 21, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky.

Party-goers will enjoy food samples from some of the region’s best restaurants, an open bar, photo booths, and a live DJ. Event proceeds go to local organizations committed to benefiting impoverished communities in the Cincy Region. Click here for ticket information.

The S.T.A.R. Chapter Le Carnivale Mardi Gras Celebration

Just north of Cincinnati in the Sharonville Convention Center, you’ll be able to party the night away at the 64th annual Mardi Gras celebration, hosted by the Beta Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Four rooms, four DJ’s, raffles, food and drinks all await at this blow-out party! Click here for hotel accommodations and additional information.