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Artvoice’s 16th Annual Buffalo Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday, March 8th is upon us. Join Artvoice, our sponsors Southern Comfort and Labatt Blue Light as well as 36 participating locations in Allentown, the Chippewa district and the Elmwood strip for Buffalo’s biggest party of the year.

The parade starts at 5PM and events at various locations will continue well into the night. Visit the Artvoice Mardi Gras Website for information on the parade route, an interactive map of participating locations, and some photo galleries and videos of prior years’ festivities to get you in the mood.

You can also download a PDF version of the two page spread that appeared in this week’s paper showcasing the parade route, participating locations and events planned.

Purchase a $5 bracelet at any of the participating venues for entry into all the others. 100% of the proceeds this year goes to benefit the Give For Greatness, a fund raising campaign to raise money for cultural organizations throughout the county who are feeling the pinch from this year’s county budget cuts. Mardi Gras is in fact the kick off of Give For Greatness, which will continue for the next two months with the goal of raising $1 million dollars. Learn more about the campaign and the organizations set to benefit at

Be sure to also check out Martini Gras being held at Shea’s also in partnership with Artvoice and sponsored by Star 102.5 FM. The lobby and stage will be transformed into Shea’s own version of Bourbon street featuring live entertainment, food tastings from nearly a dozen local restaurants, caricature drawings, psychic readings and a cash bar with specialty martini selections. Come in costume! Tickets to Martini Gras are $25 advance and $30 at the door, and includes a bracelet if you decide to visit any of the other participating Mardi Gras locations around town. This is a 21 and up event. Learn more at Shea’s Website.

See you Tuesday!