Mardi Gras Guide

Can't get to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras this year? From La Bayou Casino to Big Als's Oyster Bar, Las Vegas has plenty of Cajun cuisine and Fat Tuesday fun to transport you in spirit to New Orleans.

Updated: February 21, 2003

Mardi Gras Festivities

Masquerade Bar

3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Every day is Mardi Gras at the Rio, where floats suspend from the ceiling and dancers toss beads to screaming spectators.

Orleans Hotel & Casino

4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Gamble at the crawfish or alligator bars, or eat at Al's at this pastel-colored, New Orleans-themed off-Strip casino.

Labayou Casino

15 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Women in colorful outfits welcome guests with plastic beads at this small slot house under the Fremont Street canopy.

Fat Tuesday

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Strong frozen margaritas, pina coladas and hurricanes ooze from the machines at these walk-up bars where another buck buys an extra shot.

Cajun and Creole Cuisine

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Emeril Lagasse kicks seafood up a notch with dishes like the cornmeal-crusted catfish and the fried Creole-marinated calamari.

Voo Doo Cafe & Lounge

3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Under the black lights and crazy wall drawings, diners sink forks into spicy Cajun and Creole dishes.

Bistro Zinc

15 Via del Canto, Henderson, NV 89011

Jazz and zydeco music provides the atmosphere as po'boy sandwiches, gumbo and crawfish etouffee allot the flavors.

House of Blues

3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Missed Sunday Gospel Brunch? Swing in for a lunch consisting of voodoo shrimp, crispy catfish nuggets and blackened Elwood chicken.

Big Al's Oyster Bar--The Orleans

4500 W Tropicana Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Oyster shooters, jambalaya and steamed clams will have you thinking you're in the Big Easy.

Z Tejas

9560 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Crispy catfish beignets and New Orleans-style gumbo are just some Gulf favorites on the menu.