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Fat Tuesday hits Sin-cinnati

Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05

It's that time of year again - time to indulge.

Yes, Mardi Gras is here.

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is the time of year to indulge in temptation before the Lent season sets in, and many El Pasoans will flock by the thousands to hot spots all over town to take part in the festivities.

"Mardi Gras is one of my favorite times of the year because there are parties every where," said Angelica Kirby, senior criminal justice major.

For the last seven years, Cincinnati Street has been the place to party Fat Tuesday away, with "Bourbon Street on Cincinnati Street," and this year will be no different. This year's celebration will include entertainment sure to please even the pickiest partygoer.

"On the street, we get anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 people, but this number doesn't include the capacity of each of the bars. Last year we had 10,000 people, and this year we're expecting the same or more," said Mary Frazier, co-coordinator of this year's festivities and co-owner of Hemingway's.

Not only will there be beads and booze galore, but also live entertainment inside and out. Cincinnati Street will be closed off to traffic, offering partygoers a true taste of Mardi Gras. "Mexicans At Night" and Damian Wyld will be performing live on an outside stage, while local bars such as the O2 Lounge and Hemingway's offer crowds entertainment of their own.

"We have a stage outside, and about four or five local bands will be coming out to perform," Frazier said.

With so many choosing "Bourbon Street on Cincinnati Street" as their Mardi Gras celebration destination, Frazier admits that safety and security are a concern. In order to make sure the crowds party responsibly, Frazier and events coordinator Rico Velasquez hired off-duty police officers and security guards. In addition, fire marshals will be on hand to ensure that El Paso capacity rules are enforced.

"We hire off-duty police officers every year comparable to our capacity. We hire two different security companies to handle the IDs and money, and we'll have fire marshals out here to make sure that if it gets too crowded, we won't let any more people in," Frazier said.

The "Bourbon Street on Cincinnati Street" party starts at 4 p.m. and will end in the wee morning hours. Cover is $10.

If Cincinnati Street is not the place you envision spending your Fat Tuesday, then there are other options guaranteed to bring out your inner sinner. For those who live on the Eastside of the Sun City, there is always the newly relocated Club 101's "Beer, Beads and Babes," Mardi Gras party.

Club 101 owner Joe Dorgan promises one hell of a party with live entertainment from 70s disco spinners Fungi Mungle, drink specials and even some home-style Louisiana jambalaya compliments of Crawdaddy's. KLAQ will be broadcasting live and even the UTEP Marching Band will be on hand to join in the celebration.

"We'll have a huge party, we love Mardi Gras," Dorgan said.

Another place in town hosting a Fat Tuesday celebration is Diggs Tavern. The bar, located at 4108 N. Mesa St., will offer live entertainment in the form of local band Third Edge, drink specials on beer and hurricanes, the Miller Lite girls, beads and free red beans, rice and jumbalaya--while it lasts of course.

"Everything, except the alcohol is free," said Jerry Kidd, owner of Diggs Tavern.

Regardless of location or preference, El Paso offers a "Fat Tuesday" festivity for everyone, so let the indulgent juices flow and head down to your favorite party place to sin before the sacrificing begins.

Get your sin on...

Diggs Tavern, 4108 N. Mesa St.

Club 101, 1148 Airway Blvd.

Hemingways, 214 Cincinnati St.

O2 Lounge, 2700 N. Mesa St.

Rib Hut, 2612 N. Mesa St.

Kandice N. Diaz may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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