On Fat Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 6pm to 10pm, the Arts District Merchants Association will present "Mardi Gras - Carnaval 2012," the twelfth annual celebration of Mardi Gras in the downtown area. This free event, billed as "An International Celebration of Indulgence," attracts over 10,000 people to Nu'uanu Avenue each year. Authentic Mardi Gras - Carnaval culture from New Orleans, Brazil and the Caribbean will once again rule the night including ornate floats, samba parades, sinful gastronomic creations and musical performances beamed out from five outdoor stages.
First time offerings this year include a new 'Troubadour Stage' showcasing acoustic singer-songwriter performances and the 'Human Imagination Street Soccer Tournament.' In addition, just when the entertainment winds down in the street, exciting performances will begin in no less than seven neighborhood clubs participating in this year's celebration.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their appetites as there will be a smorgasbord of indulgent treats on offer. "Mardi Gras - Carnaval 2012" is free to all. Alcoholic beverages, including the event's signature Hurricane cocktail, will be available in the street to those 21 and over who present ID and purchase either a $3 street wristband or a $10 club wristband that will enable attendees to enjoy alcoholic beverages in the street and gain entrance to seven nightclubs playing live music till 2am. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Arts District Merchants Association, a non-profit organization focused on nurturing the vibrant cosmopolitan culture of the Honolulu Arts District.