Mardi Gras-themed bar crawl colors Fort Worth’s Near Southside purple, green and gold

dfwnewsa | February 8, 2024 | 0 | Fort Worth , Fort Worth News

Mardi Gras-themed bar crawl colors Fort Worth’s Near Southside purple, green and gold

Rachel Griffith, Monserrat Andujar, Megan Carroll Henderson and Rachel Blackman march over to the Chat Room Pub on Magnolia Avenue on Jan. 27, 2024. (Courtesy photo | Kathryn Hansen)
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Happily playing with green, purple and gold beads is the first memory Kathryn Hansen has of Mardi Gras. Now, she is spreading that joy to Fort Worth’s Near Southside.

Hansen, her husband, Erik and six volunteers provided by Near Southside Inc. have launched pub crawls inspired by the annual New Orleans event. The first took place on Magnolia Avenue in January. The Mardi Gras Near Southside’s South Main event starts at 4 p.m. Feb. 10. 

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The crawl starts at Tarantula Tiki Lounge, 117 S. Main St., and ends with a dance party at The Holly at 8 p.m. Other bars on the route include Southside Cellar, Soma Winery and HopFusion Ale Works.

The bar crawls are just the beginning for the Hansens. They hope to create a Mardi Gras ball next year.

Hansen and her husband’s first visit to a Mardi Gras event was during a 2017 trip to Mobile, Alabama. She wants Fort Worth to feel what they experienced, she said.

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“I can’t even explain it. It was just amazing, it really warmed my heart. My husband and I just fell in love with the tradition. It’s so joyful, the impressions, the colors, the band music,” Hansen said.

Other Mardi Gras events…

Art After Dark: Love and Mardi Gras! With Woodland West Branch Library, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

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Mardi Crawl Live! With Texas Live! 1 p.m. Feb. 10

Hansen also wants the Near Southside to go all-out for the Mardi Gras bar crawl.

“I’d love for businesses and homes to decorate to get in the spirit, just like in New Orleans and Mobile and these other cities that have it. I would just love for it to become as big as Christmas,” she said.

Rachel Griffith, who recently moved to Fort Worth, learned about the bar crawl through a Facebook post. For her, it was a way to get a taste of Mardi Gras and an excuse to meet new people.

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“I think of what Fort Worth is — welcoming, fun and loving. I definitely encourage anyone else in that area to come on out to the next one. It’s a really fun atmosphere, a great way to meet people,” Griffith said.

Olla Mokhtar is a reporting fellow for the Fort Worth Report. You can contact her at olla.mokhtar@fortworthreport.org. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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