Jazz, Creole cooking and king cake? Check! Mardi Gras comes early to Tega Cay and Fort Mill

Mardi gras revelers in colorful masks and customes.
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TEGA CAY — You don’t need to wait until Fat Tuesday to get in the Mardi Spirit. Two local events today offer a chance to get your fill of jazz, New Orleans style food and, of course, king cake.

The Shore Club, 15083 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay (next to the Glennon Center, at the golf club) throws its bash 7-11 p.m. Live Jazz at the bar 7-8 p.m. and then The Company Band brings it home from there.

A free Creole buffet from 7-9 p.m. — and free king cake — along with Hurricane specials makes the evening complete. Admission is $10 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Family Promise of York County. That organization helps shelter and care for homeless families while they transition back to self-sufficiency.

One for the whole family

Want to get an early start and one with the kiddos in mind? The St. Philip Neri Women’s Group is hosting its own Mardi Gras celebraton, 6-9 p.m. in the Parish Center, 292 Munn Road (down the road from Fort Mill High), Fort Mill.

There will be music, activities for children, a Bourbon Street market and lots of food. Tickets are $10 for 13 and older (a family package is $30) and $5 for ages 5-12. Purchase online or at the door.

Proceeds benefit church programs and local charities.