02/21/2012 01:57 pm ET

Mardi Gras Events In New York City: How To Celebrate Fat Tuesday

The Bell House
Where: 149 7th Street, Brooklyn; (718) 643-6510
When: 8PM
Price: $8 at door
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with the brass musicians of Hungry March Band and The Underground Horns as they perform for a wonderfully chaotic dance party at The Bell House.

Two Boots Mardi Gras Benefit Ball
Where: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street; (212) 505-3474
When: 7PM
Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Costume-donning partygoers will join the third annual Two Boots Mardi Gras Benefit Ball where Los Po-Boy-Citos, Raya Brass Band, and DJ Trio "Us Girls" will perform for a dance party that includes live art and great food. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to benefit The Lower East Side Girls Club.

Cowgirl Seahorse
Where: 259 Front Street, (212) 608-7873
When: Dinner
Price: Free
Lower Manhattan's favorite southern seafood haunt will be handing out complimentary Mardi Gras party favors to revel in drink specials, special cajun food items, and much more.

Tootie's Last Suit
Where: IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas; (212) 924-7771
When: 8PM
Price: $16
For a historical perspective on the day, head to IFC for a screening of the documentary "Tootie's Last Suit" which focuses on a Traditional Mardi Gras Indian and the iconic feathered costumes that have come to symbolize the annual festivities.

Bourbon Street NYC
Where: 407 Amsterdam Avenue; (212) 721-1332
When: Till 7PM
Early happy hour seekers head to Bourbon Street NYC where the New Orleans themed bar will have plenty of drink specials and giveaways to commemorate their biggest party day of the year.

Watch a clip from last year's Two Boots Mardi Gras Benefit Ball below: