Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Ives Main Library | 133 Elm 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, a musical performance by Thabisa, and more exciting surprises.

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

• Taste delicious dishes and cocktails from some of New Haven’s most popular restaurants, including ZINC New Haven, Claire’s Corner Copia, Sherkaan Indian Street Food, Ordinary, Orchid Cafe, Bear‘s Smokehouse BBQ and High George.
• Dance to music of the Thabisa and her band
• Purchase and pop a balloon to reveal local gift certificates and other goodies
• Party with drag performers and other surprise guests
• Rub elbows with bibliophiles & New Haven’s creative cocktail crowd

New Haven: A City of Stories
This Mardi Gras, we celebrate our city and the stories of its history and residents. Dress to impress inspired by the tapestry of tales – both literary and personal – that make New Haven the Greatest Small City in America!! 

Check out photos from last year’s event!


Presenting Sponsor     Royal Court


Krewe of Rex


Krewe of Orpheus



Gold Bead
Baker & Taylor
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Eder Brothers
Marcum LLP
Midwest Tape/hoopla Digital
Pearce Real Estate
Performance Environmental

Silver Bead
Fusco Corporation
Iovanne Funeral Home
Kreitler Financial
Reliable Refrigeration Plus

Kenneth Boroson Architects