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Duke Arts Presents

Mardi Gras Celebration

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 6:00 pm

Penn Pavilion

Enjoy Free Food with our Mardi Gras Menu!

6 PM: Zydeco Dance Lesson with Jack Wolf
7 PM: Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Join us for a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras celebration featuring two-time Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien for an evening of dancing, traditional New Orleans cuisine and live music! This celebration kicks off with a zydeco dance lesson by Jack Wolf at 6 p.m.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see a legendary Louisiana artist on Mardi Gras Day! Terrance Simien and his 5-piece Zydeco Experience band are known for their exhilarating celebrations of zydeco music, Louisiana tradition and Simien’s Creole roots. Simien’s instrumental skills, vocal talent and passion for roots music traditions have helped keep zydeco music on the global stage for the past four decades. Simien and his band will transport you to South Louisiana with an unforgettable evening of tight vocal harmonies and energetic zydeco sounds that will get even the most veteran wallflowers moving.

Free and open to all Duke Students.


Free Mardi Gras Menu:


Chicken Jambalaya


Red Beans & Rice
(vegetarian available)



King Cake

Mini Creme Brulée

Beignets with Powdered Sugar


Hurricane Punch

This event is hosted with support from Duke Student Affairs.