Mardi Gras, which translates to “Fat Tuesday” in French, is a celebration of the last gluttonous day of eating rich, fatty foods before the religious season of Lent begins. The first Mardi Gras event in America occurred over 300 years ago when two explorers from France landed in what is now New Orleans and held a small celebration. In 1827, several students dressed up in vibrant costumes and danced through the streets replicating the festivities they experienced in Paris – which has become the traditional parade that Mardi Gras is now known for.

Historic Downtown Venice is gearing up for the Second Annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Crawl… Venice style! The Fat Tuesday Crawl will take place on March 5, 2019 from 5pm-8pm. This year there will be two 2nd line Marching Bands; just like those in New Orleans. Beads galore, hurricanes and even special New Orleans inspired food dishes. Dress up and follow the bands down the sidewalks in Downtown into the shops, restaurants and pubs.

Venice MainStreet has proudly partnered with the South County Jazz Club to produce this evening of fun and music. The South County Jazz Club is dedicated to the presentation and preservation of mainstream jazz, and has produced more than 400 Venice-area events since its founding eight years ago. It regularly features our area’s deep pool of resident talent, plus a sizable group of internationally-acclaimed artists. Nate Najar, Don Mopsick, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen, Veronica Swift, Wycliffe Gordon, Chuck Redd, Ira Sullivan, Marlene VerPlanck, Larry Coryell and the Four Freshmen are just a few of the jazz greats the club has brought to the area. More details can be found at

The Crawl Route*° is as follows:

Bourbon St. Band
Old Venice Pub, 100 W. Venice Ave., 5:00-5:15
Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery, 101 W. Venice Ave., 5:15-5:30
Café Venice, 101 W. Venice Ave., 5:30-5:45
Spice and Tea Exchange, 101 W. Venice Ave., 5:45-6:00
Made In Italy, 117 W. Venice Ave., 6:00-6:15
Sunbug, 141 W. Venice Ave., 6:15-6:30
Gazebo, Centennial Park, 6:30-6:45
Venice Wine and Coffee, 201 W. Venice Ave., 6:45-7:00
southeast salt, 213 W. Venice Ave., 7:00-7:15
Crate and Marrow, 235 W. Miami Ave., 7:15-7:30
Parlor Barbershop, 227 W. Miami Ave., 7:30-7:45
Down Island Way Boutique, 225 W. Miami Ave., 7:45-8:00
Laurie Jean & Co., 219 W. Miami Ave., 8:00-8:15
After Party at Made In Italy starting at 8:15pm

Frenchmen St. Band
DP Fitness and Wellness, 210 W. Miami Ave., 5:00-5:15
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe, 208 W. Miami Ave., 5:15-5:30
Venice Trading Company, 211 W. Miami Ave., 5:30-5:45
Island Gift Nook, 227 W. Venice Ave., 5:45-6:00
TJ Carney’s, 231 W. Venice Ave., 6:00-6:15
Shirt Stop, 247 W. Venice Ave., 6:15-6:30
Gazebo, Centennial Park, 6:30-6:45
Venice Ave Creamery, 249 W. Venice Ave., 6:45-7:00
Dick’s Shoes, 251 W. Venice Ave., 7:00-7:15
Daiquiri Deck, 300 W. Venice Ave., 7:15-7:30
Seaside Chic Boutique, 310 W. Venice Ave., 7:30-7:45
Ciao Gelato, 317 W. Venice Ave., 7:45-8:00
Ristorante San Marco, 305 W. Venice Ave., 8:00-8:15
After Party at Daiquiri Deck starting at 8:15pm

*Route schedule and times are subject to change. Follow us on Facebook or keep checking for the most up to date information.
°Please note: alcohol may only be consumed inside of each individual serving establishment. Alcohol is NOT permitted in the streets or sidewalks of Downtown Venice.

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