Happy Fat Tuesday! Where to Go To Earn Those Beads.

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! It's the last day before repentance, how are you going to spend it? If you feel like getting sauced and earning those eight cent strings of plastic beads, you're in good company. A whole gaggle of nightclubs are featuring DJs, shirt lifting and drink specials, so check out the links at Boiler Room, Plush, Glass, and Wish Ultra Lounge to see which booty-shake bash is the baby Jesus to your King Cake.

If you're in a more wholesome Fat Tuesday mood, roll the party over to the Lake Dallas Mardi Gras Festival. Kick back and watch the Carnivale parade at 5:45 p.m. and drip crawfishy goodness on your best green and purple shirt. There will also be a children's mask competition, so you can say things like "Billy's getting so big; he's really grown into that frightening skeleton headgear. Soon, he'll be driving." New Orleans has even given us rental of its own brass band for the evening: the Gumbo Kings, and they promise to transport you to The Big Easy and still get you back in bed at a reasonable hour (Lake Dallas Mardi Gras ends at 9 p.m.).

Not really feeling the whole DJ vs. Parade thing? Is food all you really care about tonight? Head over to Addison and crack an Abita with some new party friends at The Social House. Cut out of work early and get a good spot at the bar; this party starts at 4 p.m. and goes all night. Hurricanes are $5, Abitas are $3 and there's a special menu of food showcasing swamp life super stars that will only run you $10 a plate.

If you wanna party a little closer to home and still devour some great grub, hit up the staples. Dodie's on Greenville is going to be lit up tonight and The Free Man in Deep Ellum kicks it off early with a 4 p.m. happy hour and then pumps the party up at 7 p.m. with music by Club Wood.

Have fun, go party and repent tomorrow. Get real Fat, Dallas.

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