Evansville bar celebrates Mardi Gras for 10 years

The celebrations at Rick's 718 Bar and Grill started Thursday, but really started 10 years ago when they had their first Mardi Gras party. Now, it's a tradition for many. 

From authentic food, to beads and cold beer, it's almost as if people at Rick's 718 are in New Orleans. But really, they're right here in the Tri-State at Rick's 718 Bar and Grill located on North Third Avenue.  

"It seems like a lot of people really come here for the food because of the authenticity of it and the care we put into preparing it," assistant cook Robin Marshall says. 

It's been a tradition for 10 years, a celebration for Fat Tuesday some say is growing in the Tri-State. 

"I like the food and I like all the people that come in here and work here," customer Charley Roeder says. 

From oysters, to catfish and Cajun filled foods, owner Rick Kennedy says they sold out of 650 pounds of crawfish. 

"It's great because you get the people that come back every year," Marshall says. "You get to see people one time of year so over the years things change in people's lives and they all come together this one time."

Customers say they love the atmosphere at Rick's and coming to a spot that's been around for years celebrating Mardi Gras makes them feel part of a Fat Tuesday family. 

"Everybody seems to get to know everybody real quick and they have a lot of good help and the food's great Mardi Gras or any time of the year," Roeder says. 

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 13, 2018)


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