The Mardi Gras season is quickly approaching, Tampa Bay.  Starting this weekend and continuing through Fat Tuesday on February 21, there will be a ton of different Mardi Gras celebrations all throughout the area.  Here are some of our favorite picks for Mardi Gras parties in the Tampa Bay area.

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at MacDinton's - Head to this popular Hyde Park hangout for a traditional Mardi Gras celebration for the ages on Tuesday, February 21.  Beginning at 9 p.m., guests can enjoy drink specials including $4 Three Olive shots, $2 Abita drafts, and $2.50 Three Olives flavors and drinks as well as beads and giveaways all night long.

Fat Friday Mardi Gras Ball at Club Skye - It's going down this Friday, February 17 at Club Skye in Ybor City.  This Mardi Gras celebration in Tampa will feature free entry and drinks for the ladies until 1 a.m., burlesque dancers, beads, drink specials, and more all night long.  Doors open at 10 p.m.

Mardi Gras at Bernini and Green Iguana Ybor - Ybor Green Iguana and Bernini are teaming up for a dual Mardi Gras party to remember.  Beginning at 6 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, February 21, you can head into either of these locations or their shared, sidewalk party area for $4 Southern Comfort and Rough Rider drink specials, complimentary Creole buffet, beads, prizes, and more all throughout the evening.

Mardi Gras Celebration at Cajun Cafe on the Bayou - Head to Cajun Cafe on the Bayou on Saturday, February 18 for a traditional Mardi Gras party with great food, live music, and more.  $15 will get you a Cajun plate dinner with crawfish, cornbread, roast pork, red beans and rice and jambalaya.  JB's Zydeco Band will be playing live music all night long as well.

Mardi Gras Ball at the Gulfport Casino - A classic ballroom celebration at the Gulfport Casino going down on Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m.  $25 at the door will get you into this awesome Mardi Gras celebration featuring fiery Cajun music, food, door prizes, and more all throughout the evening.