Feb. 15, By Christian Murray
Skillman Avenue will never be confused with Bourbon Street, but on Saturday, February 22, it will be alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of the Big Easy.
A number of Skillman Avenue establishments have organized a Mardi Gras Bar & Restaurant Hop from 3:30 pm until late that evening. Each bar/restaurant will be decorated with festive beads, hats and masks and will be offering $3 pints on select beers.
This is the second Mardi Gras organized by the Skillman Avenue businesses, with the event last year attracting more than 600 people.
Participants are required to register at Murphy’s Lobster Grill, located on the corner of Skillman Ave. and 49th St., between 3:30 and 5pm. Upon registering, participants are asked to donate $5 to help landscape Skillman Avenue or provide canned goods that will be sent to St Raphael’s food pantry.
Registrants will receive a wristband entitling them to $3 pints of Abita, a popular New Orleans craft beer, all day. The bars will also offer a pint of pilsner for $3, although that beer has yet to be selected.
The event is being organized by the Skillman Project, a business association comprised of nine bars and restaurants stretching from 46th St. to 52nd Street, which was formed in 2012 to hold such festivals.
New Orleans music will also play a large role in the event.
There will be a three-piece New Orleans-style jazz band that will be going in and out of the different venues during the festival. Some venues will have additional music.
Several of the bars/restaurants will serve New Orleans-style food as part of the Mardi Gras.
Last year, Quaint served jambalaya, while The Dog and Duck served special duck gumbo.