Utica's take on Mardi Gras is a family-friendly affair, with floats representing area businesses and community organizations. Past years have seen appearances by local first responders and appearances by Utica's own link to creole culture, the famed Cajun Connection restaurant.
There's still plenty of night-life fun to be had at Utica's Mardi Gras. Restaurants and bars like Lodi Tap House, Skoogs Pub and Grill, Joy and Ed's Supper Club and Canal Port will be offering food and drink specials throughout the night.
Consider having an Illinois-brewed craft beer at Lodi and a hot plate of jambalaya at Joy and Ed's, before heading over to Skoog's for a nightcap and to hear the crowd-pleasing hair metal tribute band 303 play a set!
Utica's boutique shops will also be offering special late shopping hours after the parade, so be sure to take a walk around Mill Street to see what Mardi Gras bargains you can find.