Mardi Gras, better known as “Fat Tuesday” is without a doubt one of the most exciting, insane, sarcastic and crazy party events of the year. In 2012, Mardi Gras is on February 21st and rather than make the jaunt all the way down to New Orleans, here's the parties that will hopefully keep you in our neck of the woods during this unique, bead throwing holiday.

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    Reggae Night at The Palace

    Be an irie king or queen under the influence of some heady mix masters during Royal Reggae, the Palace's weekly reggae and dancehall dj party, which returns to its weekly slot tonight with tunes by local DJs starting at 9 PM. Free. Also The aural dungeon known as the Palace returns as one of Missoula's favorite pool halls this and every Tue. night during a weekly 9 ball tournament, which is double elimination and starts with sign up at 6 PM, followed by games at 7. $10 entry fee.

    Age Group: 21+

    Venue: The Palace Address: 147 W Broadway Missoula, MT 59802

    Phone: N/A

    Royalty free photo c/o
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    Snowstorm Music Tour with T-Pain and The Gym Class Heroes

    Snowstorm Music Tour 2012 treks through the frozen Midwest and Big Sky country this February. Headlining the tour are hip-hop crossover sensation, T-Pain and the ever-eclectic Gym Class Heroes. Special guests include one artist yet to be announced and Rhymesayers Entertainment artists Grieves & Budo. Cris Cab rounds out the lineup.

    Adams Center/Missoula, MT

    All Ages/General Admission/Doors at 5:30

    Tickets available at Adams Center Box Office, and all Griz Tix outlets.

    1-888-666-8262 and online at

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    DJ L-Rock Hybrid Karaoke/Video Dance Party at The Press Box

    Hybrid Karaoke/Video DJ starts Feb 2012 every Tuesday night, with DJ LROCK 9:00pm at the Pulse, located inside Missoula's Press Box, across the bride from the University. First place receives a $25 bar tab. On the last Tuesday of every month previous winners compete for $100 cash! Drink specials 9:00pm to close...$2 16oz domestic cans, $2 shots of fireball, .50¢ pudding shots and .50¢ jello shots.

    Age Group: 21+ Venue: Pulse/Press Box

    Address: 835 E. Broadway Missoula, MT 59802

    Phone: 406-721-1212

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    Dead Hipsters and special guests at The Elbow Room

    It's the unofficial T-Pain and Gym Class Heroes after party and one of the bigger Mardi Gras events in town! A special guest DJ from the Snowstorm Music Tour will take the stage at midnight along with opening act The Dead Hipsters and host The Tallest DJ in America.

    Age Group: 21+ Venue: Elbow Room

    Address: 1855 Stevens Avenue Missoula, MT 59802

    Phone: 406-728-9963

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    Monkey and a Roast Beef Sandwich at The Badlander

    One of the funkiest bands in Missoula will be tossing the beads (and hopefully keeping their clothes on) at one of Ryman streets best live act venues. If you haven't had a chance to see this up and coming local rock band, this is your chance on one of the most insane holiday parties of the year.

    Age Group: 21+ Venue: The Badlander

    Address: 208 Ryman Missoula, MT 59801

    Phone: 406 549 0235