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Mardi Gras has always been embraced by Vail, a town with a penchant for any holiday that promotes excess. The last day before the Lenten season begins, local establishments strive to put the Fat in Fat Tuesday.Vail Village/Tap RoomVail’s inaugural Mardi Gras in the Mountains began last Thursday and wraps up today. A non-motorized, family-style parade will careen through the streets of Vail Village beginning at 5 p.m. Floats have been put together by a smattering of local groups. Nobody will leave without love beads.Directly following the parade – at about 6 p.m. – the party moves to the Tap Room and Sanctuary, at the top of Bridge Street. A $5 Cajun buffet will be available while the Tommy Shreve Band plays.Billed as a “Cajun Clapton,” the trio specializes in energetic Louisiana R&B groove.8150Before heading out to New Orleans for Jazz Fest later this year, Little Hercules headlines at 8150. Doors open at 8 p.m.”We’ll be our Fat Tuesday selves,” said Hercules bassist Cristian Basso. “They’re throwing down with specials and New Orleans cuisine, and just continuing the tradition that 8150 has the best Fat Tuesday party.”That means crawfish and funk, a fat combination indeed.Little Hercules was recently invited to play with Bo Diddley, who’s heading out on his 75th birthday tour.”He got hold of a CD and really liked it,” said Basso. “He’s playing one Colorado show and wants to play with us, so he’s learning Little Herc music.”The group’s latest disc is in its second pressing. Japan has been an unexpectedly good market for them. They’ve sold 800 discs through the Internet.”We need to sell another 300 in Japan before a promoter justifies a tour there,” he said.For an independently distributed album by an unsigned band, that’s no small feat. But they’re more intrested in shakin’ it at 8150 at the moment. The party starts early and goes late.”We hope all the local support comes over to 8150 for at least one point in the night,” said Basso.Half Moon SaloonJustin Hurley of the Half Moon Saloon in West Vail likes any reason to host a crawfish boil. A $15 cover at the door gets folks food and music until both run out.Made with plenty of herbs and spices, crawfish, potatoes, corn on the cob and sausage are cooked together, then turned out on a long paper-covered table. Come ready to get elbow-deep in shells and juice, not to mention hurricanes.El Buho opens for Possum Logic, who has acquired quite a local following. During their rockin’ shows, Possum Logic might swing from funk to slamgrass to soul to blues to newgrass and beyond. Fueled by two songwriters, the band has plenty of songs to choose from.