If you're ready to let the good times roll but can't quite make it down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras activities, look no further than the tri-state for lots of Mardi Gras festivities.

1.  Hofbrauhaus - Fat Tuesday...German Style
Celebrate Fat Tuesday on February 21. from 6pm until close at Newport's German restaurant and beer garden the Hofbrauhaus.  The event will feature the Enzian Dancers and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.  That night also happens to be family night where kids eat from with a paying adult.  It doesn't get any sweeter than that!!

2.  Mardi Gras on Main Strasse
This amazing two night celebration begins Friday the 17th at 8pm with live music from the Websters.  The party continues on Saturday night the 18th as well.  You can join in the fun for $10/night or $15 for both nights.  Tickets give you admission to the entertainment tent with live music and admission into one of MainStrasse Village's bars.  If you haven't been to the party, you've got to check it out.  Some of the highlights include a parade through town and LOADS of fun.  Don't forget your beads...

3.  Voodoo Carnival 2012
Costumes are highly encouraged at the Voodoo Carnival.  At this party you can go all out in true Mardi Gras style.  The celebration is hosted by Pandora and the Queen City Cabaret, Friday February 17.  The event will take place at the Redmoor and space is limited so buy your tickets in advance.