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FAT FRIDAY, NYC’s most authentic Mardi Gras party, now returning on April 1, 2022!

We are not foolin’ around! FAT FRIDAY lights up the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition once a year in downtown Manhattan to celebrate an equal mix of charity and revelry—mixed with and a big fat dose of NOLA Love. In 2022, we are very excited to be back to live and in-person at Angel Orensanz.

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We care about you and your safety. FAT FRIDAY is a VAX-only event and all attendees will need to show their ID and proof of vaccination.

FAT FRIDAY proceeds go to support a number of charitable organizations: participatory art organization FIGMENT (NYC), the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and The Roots of Music (NOLA), The Equal Justice Initiative & The Lower East Side Girls Club (NYC & NOLA).

FAT FRIDAY began in response to the devastation brought to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina by NOLA transplant Matthew Day and New Orleans enthusiast Wylie Stecklow. It has grown significantly since 2006, and has been named by the City of New Orleans as NYC’s Most Authentic Mardi Gras Party.

FAT FRIDAY is an opportunity for New Yorkers and lovers of N’awlins to honor and observe the spirit and legacy of New Orleans — through giving back by totally getting down.