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.
Mardi Gras Masquerade - February 18, 2017, 8 p.m.-midnight. Sofitel Washington DC, Lafayette Square, 806 15th Street NW Washington, DC. Dance the night away to the best of New Orleans inspired live music and get transported to the Bourbon Street.
Elegant masks and festive attire suggested.
Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade & Ball - February 28, 2017. 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. Enjoy live music and food at the first annual Mardi Gras Ball.
Black Jack Mardi Gras - February 25-28, 2017. 1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC. New Orleans-style celebration. Guests will be made to feel as if they’re on Bourbon Street as the space will be transformed with elaborate carnival decorations, transporting patrons to the French Quarter, and the regular food and drink menu will change for the four-day period featuring Cajun-style classics. A funk band will perform on opening day and will close out the festivities on Mardi Gras.
Union Market Mardi Gras Extravaganza - February 28, 2017, 5-10 p.m. Union Market Doc 5, 1309 5th Street NE Washington, DC.
The event will bring together 20+ of the DC area's best Southern-inspired restaurants, top mixologists, bar and breweries and rotating bands to benefit DC Central Kitchen and St. Bernard Project.