*Marina del Rey, CA – Several thousand revelers were part of the steady stream of people attending the 15th Annual Uncle Darrow’s Mardi Gras West “Fat Saturday” Celebration. This fun annual celebration was held on Saturday, March 8th, inside Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery and the outside backlot.
The weather felt like it was Summer, coupled with a pleasant Spring breeze. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, “we experienced a minor earthquake near Marina del Rey. This light to mild quake, gave the region a jolt on Friday evening. The quake measured 3.2; it struck at 8:16p.m. The epicenter was a mile southeast of Marina del Rey.
I didn’t notice anyone with frayed nerves, after the quake, amongst the masked revelers gathered for this festive occasion. Uncle Darrow’s Mardi Gras West “Fat Saturday” is the longest running celebration on the Westside.
The 15th Annual Uncle Darrow’s Mardi Gras West “Fat Saturday” celebration ran from 1:00pm-5pm. Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery is located at Lincoln Blvd. and Washington Blvd. (2560 S. Lincoln Blvd.) in Marina del Rey.
The revelers were in for a day filled with good times in a relaxing, upbeat, family oriented atmosphere, good food with a delicious crawfish boil, face paintings by Deborah Morgan, and great sounding music.
The entertainment got under way with an energetic set by Ashley and Ashton of 2-U-Neek. They held the crowds undivided attention throughout their set on the tunes “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Diamonds” by Rhianna, and closed their entertaining set with “Jail House Rock.”
T-Lou Super Hot Zydeco Band took the crowd on a musical journey throughout the music/dance halls of Louisiana. “Laissez les bon temps rouler” sums of how much fun and excitement that can be enjoyed at these gatherings.
There was a lot of shaking of the dancing kind, as revelers stayed on the makeshift dance floors. The bands set list consisted of the tunes “Sturdy Rock,” “Zydeco Cha Cha” intersperse with “Tequila,” “Ride Your Pony,” “Lucille,” “Dirty Rice,” and “Oh! Bye Bye.”
They concluded their first set with a tune that is internationally known to create a Secondline Parade. Anne Smith and Joyce Taylor kicked off the Secondline Parade as it snaked around the backlot of Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery.
The Crawfish Boil booth stayed busy all afternoon. Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery was constantly packed all afternoon with many regulars as well as an expanding fan base, experiencing the eatery for the first time.
I’m sure that will become a regular customer once you had a chance to experience some wonderful Cajun and Creole cuisine at Uncle Darrow’s. Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery, 2560 S. Lincoln Blvd., Marina de Rey. Call (310)306-4866 (310)306-4862 or visit www.uncledarrows.com for more information.
Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based Music Reviewer, Writer and Photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]