Mardi Gras began as a period of revelry followed by fasting, similar to the multiday parties that often precede tonsil-removal procedures. Shout it out with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get two general-admission tickets to The BLT Ball on Friday, February 17, at 9 p.m. at Southport Music Hall (up to a $41.89 value).
The annual BLT Ball, which first hit the Mardi Gras scene in the early 2000s, entertains costumed bacchanalians with music, dancing, and libations. The Ball’s mandatory “BLT” dress code requires guests to don their choice of a black tie and boxers, lingerie, or a toga costume, infuriating partygoers dressed as their favorite sandwich. Up to 1,000 guests flock to Southport Music Hall to hit the dance floor and sip drinks dispensed from the venue’s huge, wood-paneled bar. As the painted, costumed musicians of The Chee-Weez belt out high-energy covers of classic tunes, dancers gyrate, spotlights glide across hardwood floors, and King Louis XIV himself descends from the ceiling to hearty applause. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.