Just because you aren't in New Orleans doesn't mean you can't party like you are. After all, the spirit of Mardi Gras calls for a good party and Charlotte's Mardi Gras Parade of Beads Celebration at EpiCentre sounds spicy enough. Eateries and clubs will transform with decorations (Yes, there will be beads), special creole menus, drinks (watch out for the "hurricanes"), music, street performers and more. Ooh-la-la! For more information, visit www.charlottemardigras.com.