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Mardi Gras In Los Angeles

2011-02-25-Screenshot20110222at9.16.49AM.jpeg     First Posted: 03/02/11 05:48 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

Text and photos by Mar Yvette.

Not heading to New Orleans or Rio this week to celebrate Mardi Gras and Carnival (or Carnaval or Carnivale, depending on your preference)? No problem. There are plenty of places right here in Los Angeles where you can celebrate the festive season this weekend and on Fat Tuesday, March 8. So whether you're religious or hedonistic or a little of both, this is the time to get your grub on, drink up, and let the good times roll!

Alegria Cocina Latina
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Alegria Cocina Latina
115 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802

It's Mardi Gras at Alegria in Long Beach! The Latin American restaurant will be pouring $7 drink specials all day, including caipirinhas, Brazil's national cocktail, and house specialties with cherry, blackberry basil, cucumber or jalapeno. Salsa band Latimba 6 plus samba dancers will be performing all night long and there will also be a Miss Alegria Mardi Gras contest with a $200 cash prize. You can enter by friending Alegria on Facebook and posting a photo with a description of why you deserve to be Miss Alegria Mardi Gras. To enter, visit

Photo courtesy of Alegria.
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