Head to Central Square in Cambridge and kick off your Fat Tuesday celebration early at The Dial’s Mardi Gras Soirée. Chef Justin Urso and the rest of the restaurant and bar team (along with the folks at their sister spot Blue Owl Rooftop Bar) will have NOLA-inspired libations and snacks from Friday, February 25th right on through Fat Tuesday (that’s Tuesday, March 1st). And don’t miss out on their big celebration Saturday, February 26th with Legless Lizard Quartet, a four piece New Orleans-style brass band, performing live from 6:00-10:00pm. Dive into plates of gumbo, bananas foster sundaes, and muffuletta sliders with frozen Hurricanes, daiquiris, and Sazeracs (America’s first cocktail). Break out your purple, green and gold beads and make a reservation online before you miss out on this Big Easy bash.