Stumble off San Marcos Place in downtown Chandler on Saturday night and straight onto Bourbon Street. That’s what it might feel like, anyway, at Chandler Mardi Gras, a second annual event hosted by the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation. The party features a cocktail reception, gambling, music and dancing and, of course, tasting tables laden with New Orleans-style fare, including fried okra, dirty rice, jambalaya, savory crepes, king cake and beignets. There’s also a silent auction and raffle prizes, and costumes are highly encouraged.
>> Chandler Mardi Gras starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler. $75 per person. Proceeds help DCCF award grants to other nonprofits providing services to the community. (480) 855-3539 or chandlermardigras.com.