Where to go for Mardi Gras

Kim Rodia

The Water Street Tavern

The Water Street Tavern will celebrate Mardi Gras starting at 4 p.m. today. Mike Beder, owner of the Water Street Tavern, said Mardis Gras is beginning to become a huge event in Kent.

“Fat Tuesday is one of our biggest nights of the year. It’s slowly creeping up on Homecoming, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day as one of our biggest nights,” Beder said. “It’s always a great party and we have a lot planned this year. DJ Lano will be spinning live and taking requests, and we’ve bought tons of beads for the party. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The Robin Hood

The Robin Hood will kick off Fat Tuesday at 11 p.m. today. DJ D. Bug will be spinning a live dance party that continues all night. Ages 18 and over are welcome. A handful of beads will be given to everyone upon entry.

Darren “D. Bug” Berg, senior cellular molecular biology major and founder of Knockturnal Productions, said he wants to make sure that other college students get to experience Fat Tuesday the same way he has in the past.

“Coming to school, I didn’t even know that Fat Tuesday was a college holiday,” Berg said. “As a freshman, I learned how many people actually go out and celebrate. This year, Scott, the owner of the Robin Hood, and my company, Knockturnal Productions, just want to help all the kids – underage and over – go out and have fun. With the contests and having a live DJ, it will definitely be a Fat Tuesday to remember.”

– Kim Rodia