Celebrating Fat Tuesday, preparing for Lent

By Jillian Marshall

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 12:50 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The southern spirit of New Orleans hit the Southern Tier Tuesday night for annual Mardi Gras celebrations.

Lost Dog Café celebrated Fat Tuesday in style for its 20th annual Mardi Gras celebration.

The owners went all out with a themed menu with Cajun and Creole specials, bands, magicians and more.

Even though the celebration is always on a Tuesday, it draws bigger and better crowds each year.

"I saw that this was a tradition that was just so much fun, and I think people need a little bit of fun in their lives," said Lost Dog co-owner Marie McKenna.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, which is supposed to mark the final night of celebration before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

"I think I am going to give up sweets, all sweets. I've had enough tonight," Monica Haren, of Apalachin, said.

"I'm going to give up being short tempered, 'cause I have a short fuse, and I'd like to be nicer," said Binghamton resident Terry Sutkowski.

For Lost Dog customers, this Southern Tier cafe brings a piece of Louisiana to downtown Binghamton with the annual party.

"I think we're trying to capture the spirit of New Orleans in the best way we possibly can," McKenna said.