8 REASONS TO MARDI GRAS IN THE EAST BANK DISTRICT
There is no doubt we love Mardi Gras here in Bossier City. Between the parades, the outdoor activities starting back up, and the general spirit of community that comes with this time of year, there is no reason it shouldn’t be everyone’s favorite time of year. It is no different for the guys and gals operating in the East Bank.
The East Bank Mafia businesses, BeauJax Crafthouse, Bayou Axe Throwing Co., Frozen Pirogue, and Hurricane Alley, have all teamed up to bring you 8 exciting Mardi Gras staples, to make The East Bank the ultimate place to celebrate this season.
CRAWFISH (at BeauxJax)
It’s FINALLY here! The crawfish pots are rolling at BeauxJax Crafthouse and it’s the perfect time of year to grab you a 5lb platter of Louisiana mud candy. With indoor and outdoor dining, Beauxjax features the most flavorful crawfish in town. This is not your sprinkle flavor on top kind of place. BeauxJax crawfish is brought in fresh from Hetzel Farms nightly and their double boil system punches flavor in the tails and in the heads. Corn and potatoes are always lagniappe, but take it a step further and load your platter with Cajun boiled Cauliflower, Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Andouille sausage.
2. TUBBS EXTREME KING CAKE (at BeauxJax and Frozen Pirogue)
Tubbs Hardware has had roots in the East Bank for over 100 years now. It is our pleasure to serve in BeauxJax and Frozen Pirogue, what has been regarded over the years as our areas best king cake. The high end cream cheese filling in this phenomenal cake is definitely EXTREME. Make sure to cap every meal off with a slice of this Louisiana Classic Mardi Gras treat.
3. SUGAR SHEAUX KING CAKE CHEESECAKE (at BeauxJax & Frozen Pirogue)
Introducing Sugar Sheaux to the East Bank this year is something we are pumped about. Kacie Shaw has been a longtime bartender at BeauxJax and we are thrilled she has retired and stepped out on her own to chase her passion of creating amazing sweet treats. This year we will be featuring her King Cake Cheesecake at both BeauxJax Crafthouse and Frozen Pirogue.
4. KING CAKE COCKTAILS (at Bayou Axe)
What screams Mardi Gras and Louisiana more than hurling an axe at the wall with your date and chasing it down with a King Cake Cocktail or a King Cake shot? I can’t think of anything. The King Cake Cocktail is a perfect mix of King Cake Vodka, Vanilla Vodka, Baileys, and Fireball. The King Cake Shot is a mix of King Cake Vodka, Baileys, and Cinnamon Schnapps topped with Whip Cream.
5. HURRICANES (at BeauxJax)
If you haven’t strolled through the East Bank’s open container district with a BeauxJax Hurricane, are you even living life? Mardi Gras season is always a perfect time to order a BeauxJax Hurricane. This rum drink is as Louisiana as it gets. Be on the look out for special pricing through out the season and ad your designer color changing cup to your cabinet collection at home.
6. KING CAKE DAIQUIRIS (at Frozen Pirogue)
The daiquiri machines are always working hard at the Pirogue but the top selling daiquiri champion haas always been the King Cake Daiquiri. This tasty treat is a perfect frozen mix of King Cake Vodka, Everclear, Amaretto, Pineapple, and Vanilla. Make sure you get you a wishbone to drink it out of so everyone knows you are drinking the best drink in town.
7. CAJUN/ZYDECO LIVE MUSIC (at Hurricane Alley)
All of the buzz in the East Bank swirls around the newest outdoor music venue located behind the East Bank Mafia family of establishments. The new outdoor stage opening this spring will showcase some of the greatest regional bands. The venue, Hurricane Alley, will have its high production stage rolling every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Genres will range between, Red Dirt, Southern Rock, and Cajun/Zydeco. True to the Mardi Gras theme, you can expect to see several horn bands, bands from south louisiana, and some of the heavy hitters in Cajun Zydeco. We will kick off stage performances with the biggest Mardi Gras party that happens annually in the SBC. Hurricane Alley will host Pardi Gras this year on March 4th to wrap up Mardi Gras festivities. Pardi Gras will feature The Molly Ringwolds, The Chee-Wees, That Girl DJ, and DJ Jay Whatley. We are also ready to announce this year we will have Wayne Toups live in Hurricane Alley on May 20th, but that is only a peak at what’s coming. Subscribe to www.eastbankmafia.com to stay connected to upcoming shows.
8. FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION (all locations)
One of the busiest Tuesdays in the East Bank always falls on Fat Tuesday. Maybe it’s the awesome party we throw. Every year the 2nd Line Brass Band joins us to pump up the crowd. Drink and food specials will be going on across the block and you will have Clay Logan Acoustic at Pirogue and David Daniels Acoustic at BeauxJax.
The East Bank is your Mardi Gras headquarters for a great time. We have a great tradition of hosting pre/after parties for all parades and we have been proud to sponsor and work with so many Krewes in town. We hope to hang out with you during this glorious time of year!