Down in New Orleans, Fat Tuesday is a major event -- parades, food, costumes and such run through Mardi Gras. But Long Island has been known to get into the Big Easy swing of things itself. If you're looking for a place to take on some Cajun grub and party down, here's where the beads will be flying.

BIG DADDY'S
1 Park Lane, Massapequa, 516-799-8877, bigdaddysny.com

The Cajun restaurant has been counting down the days to Fat Tuesday - the blowout comes on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. with a buffet loaded with New Orleans fare and live music from the bluesy rockers the King Cobras at 8 p.m. Costumes are recommended (and things can get really spirited). Tickets are $35 at the door ($25 in advance).

THE BAYOU
2823 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore, 516-785-9263, bayou4bigfun.com

This thoroughly Cajun-Creole station has festive decor year-round and a menu marked with gumbo, étouffée and the like. For Fat Tuesday, the four-course prix-fixe dinner costs $59 (reservations recommended). Expect giveaways, prizes for the best costumes and live music from The Buzzards at 8 p.m.

JESSIE'S ROADHOUSE
1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-379-7140, jessiesroadhouse.com

The guitars and classic album covers on the walls channel a vibe that's more rock-and-roll than zydeco. Nonetheless, Mardi Gras festivities here include a special menu of New Orleans fare and Dixie Blackened Voodoo beer. Fat Tuesday dinner starts at 5 p.m., with drink specials, giveaways and music by Jim Treutlein & Friends at 9 p.m.

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R.S. JONES
153 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-378-7177, rsjones.com

Normally a cowboy-themed place to catch live music, R.S. Jones is celebrating Fat Tuesday with a 5-10 p.m. party. Catfish and crawfish are among the Cajun offerings on the dinner menu. Patrons who arrive in costume will earn a Mardi Gras CD - the bar will serve up Bourbon Street-inspired "Hurricane" cocktails.

BOBBIQUE
70 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-447-7744, bobbique.com

Jack's Waterfall will perform starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 16, with house "Hurricanes" and beer from Louisiana's Abita and Dixie breweries. As for Mardi Gras grub, planned dishes include classic favorites ranging from gumbo and crawfish to boiled shrimp (around $10). Guests are encouraged to dress up - beads will be bestowed by the handful.