Where to celebrate Mardi Gras in Boston

By: - Monday, Mar 3, 2014 - 1:03pm

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“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” is a traditional New Orleans expression that roughly translates to “Let’s get drunk on a weekday!” Go out and raise a glass to Thomas Jefferson for totally fleecing Napoleon in the Louisiana Purchase, even if we had to take all those flyover states whose only contributions to American culture are meth and high-fructose corn syrup.

* Before you start drinking, make sure to gorge yourself on Cajun crawdad jambalaya gumbo po-boys! South Street Diner’s all-day all-you-can-eat buffet is only $5 and features Café du Monde-inspired beignets, little fried bits of heaven covered with powdered sugar and drool and I’m sorry for drooling all over the beignets again. (11 a.m., $5, all ages)

* The Teaseday Club, Davis Square Theatre’s monthly burlesque show, celebrates Fat Tuesday with perfectly-proportioned-but-even-if-they-weren’t-that’s-OK-because-all-bodies-are-beautiful performers. Leave your beads at home, because these girls are taking it off for nothing! Or, more accurately, for money. (7:30 p.m., $20, all ages)

* The Beehive in the South End pairs Cajun-inspired dinner specials with live music from the BT Funk New Orleans 2nd Line Brass Band. “BT” are the bandleader Brian Thomas’ initials but could easily stand for “bring the” because the funk will be brought, oh yes it will. (8 p.m., FREE, 21+)

* Another French lesson for you: The accent over the “o” in Harvard Square’s Beat Hôtel is known as “the one that looks like a little hat” to people who did not study very hard in French class, such as me. Samba your way through the restaurant’s Carnival de Brazil party with a Capirinha in hand, and enjoy a Brazilian-inspired menu from chef and “Chopped” champion Rebecca Newell. (8 p.m., FREE, 21+)

* Wait in a long line for a short stack of free pancakes at IHOP and, I don’t know, sprinkle some Cajun seasoning on them. Do a shot of maple sizzurp and go wild. Locations in Harvard Square, Brighton, Quincy and Revere. (6 a.m., FREE, all ages)

If that’s still not enough debauchery to convince you to give up partying for 40 days, check out the Mardi Gras festivities at Tryst, Estelle’s, Unbound Visual Arts and the Hawthorne.