If you can't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras try the next best thing. The city of Jamestown NC has a huge party called the Mardi Gras of the Carolinas every year. It's one of the wildest, craziest parties you'll ever attend and it's a whole lot closer than going to New Orleans.
Castle McCulloch's description of this event:
Feel the heat of Carnevale with sizzling entertainment and enticing Mardi Gras costumes. Bring your dare as you bare attitude with you and prepare to mix, mingle, see and be seen. Frolic as you roam the grounds of Castle McCulloch and indulge in live music, fire performances, belly dancers and other exotic acts. -----------------------------------
13 dance floors, numerous dj's and bands, crazy costumes, fire dancing troupe, hookah lounge, acrobats, blood wrestling (not a typo either), body painted dancers, people walking on stilts, spanking booth, belly dancers, costume competitions, side show acts, and so much more exotic things are here. The best part of this event might just be it's held in an old castle from the 1800s... with a drawbridge, moat, and etc. I'm always surprised that a lot of people from Charlotte haven't heard of this party. This is one of the most popular events for meetup groups in the Triad.
Here's a link to the website http://www.castlemcculloch.com/festivals/ and it will have a link to purchase a ticket. Tickets are typically $30 but you can get them for around half off if you buy early. This event is a little over an hour from where I live in Charlotte so it'd be best if the carpooled there. I'm working on some arrangements now and will post more info about it later.... for a rough estimate it should cost around $10 per person for carpooling. Here's a couple videos of past events.
I'll post more about the event as it gets closer. If you're interested in going please sign up early so I can make arrangements for carpooling. This event sells out every year so you will have to get a ticket before the event... please do not drive up there without one because I don't want you to get turned away at the gate.
The meeting spot at 5pm will be the Applebee's in the University area. The address is 8700 Jw Clay Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262. If anyone has trouble finding it you can call me at[masked]-8474.