Begrudging the fact it’s another year and you still don’t have cash to head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Us too. But if you’re looking for an excuse to bust out the beads without feeling lame, then hit up Old Sacramento for the next best thing. From 5 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2012 the River City Saloon, Hot & Spicy Café New Orleans, the Coconut Grove, the Delta King, Fanny Ann’s Saloon, Fat City Bar & Café, The Other Office, La Terraza, Laughs Unlimited, O’Mally’s Pub and others will open up their doors to give you a taste of Mardi Gras, Sacto-style. Each spot will have live music, whether it’s Cajun, rock ‘n’ roll or jazz. For more specifics or to buy tickets in advance, check Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the night of the event; they can also be purchased at River City Saloon, Laughs Unlimited or O’Mally’s Pub. If there’s a chance you’ll be too inebriated to remember how to get back home, the Holiday Inn at Capitol Plaza is offering up a Mardi Gras room package just for you.