Fat Tuesday fun with oysters and Mudbugs

Mudbuggin,’ cut a mean ruggin’

Normally, Tuesday — the day only slightly better than Monday — is boring, flavorless and a little dull. (See: today.)

But next Tuesday is FAT TUESDAY, and that’ll be a whole different story.

A couple of events in town on Feb. 12 are designed to deliciously celebrate Fat Tuesday, the day when New Orleans goes nuts celebrating Mardis Gras.

One is an annual event at Heroes Sports Bar and Grill, 117 N. Mosley, that always fills the place with bead tossing and Cajun dancing. The Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco Band will perform from 6:30 to 9:30, and the bar will offer Cajun food and drink specials. Admission is free, and the group will be debuting some new songs. Plus, kids are welcome.  It’s my 7-year-old’s favorite day of the year.

Down the street at 3750 E. Douglas, St. James Episcopal Church will be putting on its annual oyster dinner, which features all-you-can-eat oysters on the half shell, breaded and fried oysters, oyster stew, beer and wine.

The event, a fundraiser for Episcopal Social Services, involves 100 church volunteers and 500 pounds of fresh-shucked oysters. The church offers two seatings — one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance by visiting the church office or calling by calling 316-683-5686. They’re also available at the door for $50.