Our Miami Mardi Gras Playbook (Plus, Outfit Ideas!)

New Orleans's carnival season is swinging into its last weekend, and that means Mardi Gras is just around the corner. If you're not going to make it to NOLA to sip hurricanes and toss beads, don't freak out. We've got your back. We can go toe to toe with the Big Easy, right here in Miami, when it comes to living it up on Fat Tuesday. Our swe-et field guide rounds up not only the events you can't miss, but also the grub you gotta grab (we're talking crawfish boils, po boys, and king cake). You didn't think we'd stop there though, did you? This playbook also includes the outfits, must-have accessories, and makeup ideas that'll turn those Facebook uploads into profile-worthy pics. We're proactively — and virtually — handing you an Excedrin now.
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Where To Celebrate

1. The Alibi — Grab your beads and head to a crawfish boil — there are $5 hurricanes, NOLA-style music, king cake, and po' boys.
The Alibi, 218 Espanola Way; 305-674-3448.

2. Fish House — Make an appearance at Tuesday night's Mardi Gras party and Zydeco Festival to get your fill of beads, crawfish, and, yes, more king cake.
Fish House, 10000 SW 56 Street; 305-595-8453

3. Hogzillas — How much do you love crawfish? Enough to win an eating contest? Hogzillas is not only letting you get competitive with the craw, they are also bringing the heat. If seafood isn't your thing, get in on their annual hot sauce challenge. Oh, and ladies, you'll be drinking for free compliments of the house (from 9 to 11 p.m.).
Hogzillas, 1555 Washington Avenue; 305-538-7201

4. Bourbon Steak — Nothing compares to Cafe du Monde's beignets aka bits of heaven. We'll give you a minute to silently appreciate them. While we can't bring the famed New Orleans institution here, the good news is you can treat yourself to some almost as good alternatives at Bourbon Steak.
Bourbon Steak, 19999 W Country Club Drive; 786-279-6600.

Photos: Courtesy of Fish House and Bourbon Steak
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How To Accessorize

1.This kiwi green leather purse brightens up any outfit and adds a NOLA-worthy burst of color.
Michael Kors Small Flap Shoulder Bag, $695, available at Neiman Marcus, 390 San Lorenzo Avenue; 786-999-1000.

2. You may not be attending one of the Mardi Gras masquerade events, but you can still have a little fun with masks thanks to this endearing earring set.
Aurelie Bidermann, Joy Mask Earrings, $440, available at The Webster, 1200 Collins Avenue; 305-673-5548.

3.Hot pink high-heels? Just say oui. These Jimmy Choos scream to be taken out for a wild night and a Sazerac or three.
Jimmy Choo, Vamp Platform Sandal, $750, available at Neiman Marcus, 390 San Lorenzo Avenue; 786-999-1000.


4. A pair of gold cuffs might be a tad Wonder Womanish, but they're also the perfect accessory to add a twist of slightly over-the-top fun. That's what the night is all about, right?
Kora, Gold Cuffs, $165 for both, available at GUYandGIRL Shelborne South Beach 1801 Collins Avenue; 305-341-1392.
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What To Drink


This might be the most opportune time to learn how to make one of NOLA's classic cocktails.

HurRAcane from RA Sushi:
1.5 ounces Southern Comfort
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce lemon lime soda
.05 ounce simple syrup
.25 ounces grenadine
Orange slice and cherry for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with an orange and cherry flag.

Or try your hand at a cocktail inspired by New Orleans.

Mardi Gras Mambo from Whiskey Blue at W Fort Lauderdale
1.5oz of Svedka Citron
3/4 oz Cointreau
1oz of cranberry
splash of lime juice
splash of simple syrup.
Pour everything into a shaker filled with ice.
Shake and then strain into a rocks glass.
Garnish w/ orange twist.
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Mardi Gras Inspired Makeup

1. Show off your sexy side with a gorgeous red pucker.
Shiseido, Shimmering Rouge in Venus, $25, available at Nordstrom

2. Make sure your mani is fresh. We love Dior's Waterlily that says modern garden party in the French Quarter.
Dior, Vernis in Waterlily, $23, available at Sephora

3. This almost-too-perfect (inspired by Mardi Gras, perhaps?) sparkly purple eyeshadow has gold flecks for highlighting your eyes.
Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow in Purpura, $32, available at Saks, 9700 Collins Avenue; 305-865-1100.
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What To Wear:

1. Anything goes during Mardi Gras except a boring old LBD. Instead of blending in with the banquets, opt for this green fringed LGD — that's Little Green Dress, duh.
Zara, Dress With Fringing, $59.90 , available at Zara.


2. This versatile blouse is perfect for daytime events like parades and can easily transition to casual nighttime festivities. Plus, mint is one of spring's staple colors.
Topshop Slashback Blouse, $64, available at Topshop


3. A classic pair of denim shorts will carry you from Carnival fêtes to beachside BBQs.
French Connection, She Denim Shorts, $118, available at French Connection


4. What's Mardi Gras without a little color? Stand out from the rest of the revelers in these bright yellow jeans.
Madewell,Skinny Skinny Colorpop Jeans, $110, available at Madewell.
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