We may be thousands of miles away from New Orleans, but you can still celebrate Mardi Gras in Washington, DC. Here's a guide to local Mardi Gras parties, parades, balls and family days.
Smithsonian Mardi Gras Family Day
February 22, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC. The event features entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon art, dancing, and costume contests.
Mardi Gras Masquerade
February 27, 2014, 8 p.m. L2 Lounge, 3315 Cady’s Alley, NW Washington DC. Don your most elegant masks and playful disguises for a glitzy night of dancing and artistic performance, the AFDC and ART SOIREE Productions Mardi Gras Masquerade will take place right in the heart of Georgetown. Entertainment includes a New Orleans style live performance by BLUE STYLES BRASS band.
Irish Mardi Gras with the Ocean Quartet
March 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m. ArtSpace/Creative Cauldron, 410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA. Celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month AND Fat Tuesday. Creative Cauldron and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington have joined forces with the Ocean Quartet to present the choruses of songs both Irish and French. Wear your favorite Mardi Gras mask and/or your St. Paddy’s Day green.
Village at Leesburg Mardi Gras Party
March 1, 2014, 3-5 p.m. Enjoy our Fat Tuesday festivities- jazz, strolling entertainment, face painting, glitter tattoos, prizes, giveaways and more! Wear the official Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold and celebrate in style.
Nick's Riverside Grill Mardi Gras Bash
March 2, 2014, 3-6 p.m. Washington Harbour, 3050 K Street NW Washington, DC. (202) 342-3535. Entertainment will include street magic, card reading, fierce hula hoop and a photo booth. Thad Wilson and the Bourbon Street All Stars will play Mardi Gras favorites. Prizes will be given away for best costume or mask. Tickets: $40 (including tax). $5 group rate discount. Tickets include entertainment, cajun buffet, three-hour open bar for Louisiana beer, wine and hurricanes.
Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
Canceled due to snow. Wilson Boulevard and N. Barton Street, Arlington, VA. Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the family-friendly parade as it takes over the streets of Clarendon with floats, music, beads and fun.
Mardi Gras Odyssey Cruise
March 4, 2014. Celebrate Mardi Gras aboard the luxurious glass-enclosed Odyssey and enjoy a three-course dinner with Fat Tuesday festival-themed décor and favors including beads and masks, one-of-a-kind views of Washington DC, live music, full (cash) bar offering beer, wine and cocktails. The festive fare includes New Orleans favorites such as Gumbo and Shrimp Étouffée, and King Cake. Boarding at 6 p.m., cruising from 7-10 p.m., and priced at $104.90 per person. Prices do not include taxes or fees.
Annual Bourbon Street Bash
March 4, 2014, 4 p.m. - midnight. Rumors (19th & M ST NW Dupont Metro) Featuring live music, drink specials, authentic New Orleans food specials, Beads, masks, DJ & dancing and contests with prizes.
Bayou Gras Block Party
March 4, 2014, 5-11 p.m, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, 1515 North Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA. The New Orleans-style hangout will be serving as Mardi Gras headquarters celebrating the jubilation of food, drink, music, and soul.
March 4, 2014. With four locations in the DC area, each pub will be celebrating in their own unique way featuring creole buffets, Cajun games and prizes, Cajun Zydeco music and entertainment.
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