Lost Dog Cafe is holds its 25th annual Mardi Gras celebration

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Ash Wednesday this week marks the beginning of Lent for many Christians, which means Tuesday night is a last chance to have fun before a period of self-sacrifice.

The Lost Dog Cafe is holding its 25th annual Mardi Gras celebration marking Fat Tuesday.

And for roughly the past 20 years, it has included live music by the Basin Street Jazz Band.

The restaurant is also offering Cajun and Creole dinner specials including fried green tomatoes, jambalaya, shrimp and grits and Creole deviled eggs.

Plus, every meal ends with a free slice of king cake and if your piece has the hidden small baby figurine, your dinner is free.

Lost Dog co-owner Marie McKenna says brings your beads, your mask and your dancing shoes and prepare to usher in Lent in style. “We want to be known as the place where you can always have a good time.  We’re going to celebrate, so come on down, you can count on us for that.  I think it’s pretty important for our staff and to us.  We really enjoy doing it.”

The Lost Dog also has wearable art masks on display created by local Masquerade Artisan E.L. Downey.

The Basin Street Jazz Band was named for a street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

It features old time jazz from the Louie Armstrong era right through contemporary music from the likes of Trombone Shorty.

Basin’s trombonist Dennis Martin says it’s the band’s big festive blowout of the year. “We do parade music, Bourbon Street parade, and our horn section marches throughout the audience, and we encourage everyone to let the good times roll.  And say. ‘Le bon ton roula’ and march with us.”

The Basin Street Jazz Band will perform from 6 until 9 tomorrow in the Violet Room which adjoins the Lost Dog Lounge which is opening early at 4 p.m. The dinner specials begin at 5 p.m. in the cafe.

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