Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Mitchell Library | 37 Harrison Street | New Haven

Join us on Fat Tuesday to celebrate your community and support the incredible work of the New Haven Free Public Library year round. Our annual Mardi Gras event features food and drinks from some of the area’s best restaurants and bars, a fun and festive photo booth, the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and a Mardi Gras parade. This year’s event returns to Mitchell Library for a second year – bringing a taste of New Orleans to the heart of Westville Village!

Here’s some of what to expect at Mardi Gras: 

• Taste delicious dishes from some of New Haven’s most popular restaurants
• Join a New Orleans-style parade
• Dance to music of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band
• Purchase and pop a balloon to reveal local gift certificates and other goodies
• Rub elbows with bibliophiles & New Haven’s creative cocktail crowd

New this year, we celebrate the freedom to read with food, drinks, and entertainment highlighting banned and challenged books. NHFPL is proud to challenge censorship because intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture. We invite you to draw inspiration from this theme for your Mardi Gras costume or mask! 


Check out photos from last year’s event and from Lotta Studio’s photo booth!


Royal Court Sponsors

  Seabury At Home          

Krewe of Rex


Krewe of Orpheus

Gold Bead Sponsors:
People’s United Bank

  Silver Bead Sponsors:
Goodcopy Visual Communications

Doubloon Sponsors:
Iovanne Funeral Home