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, Lotta Studio’s 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 and cocktails from some of New Haven’s most popular restaurants, including Zinc New Haven, Soul de Cuba, the Anchor Spa, Amoy’s and Hamilton Park
• Join a New Orleans-style parade
• Pose for pictures in Lotta Studio’s photo booth
• Dance to music of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band
• Purchase and pop a balloon to reveal local gift certificates and other goodies
• Bid on exclusive experiences and one-of-a-kind packages in the silent auction
• 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:
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
People’s United Bank

  Silver Bead Sponsors:
Elm Campus Partners
Fusco Construction
Goodcopy Visual Communications
Start Community Bank

Doubloon Sponsors:
Ameriprise Financial
Chapel Haven
Iovanne Funeral Home
Smart Dental