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Roundup: Mardi Gras celebrations in D.C., Va.

Tuesday - 2/12/2013, 10:48am  ET

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Carnival riders throw trinkets from floats during the Krewe of Mid-City Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Nycci Nellis, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Wear your purple and green, grab some beads and get ready to party New Orleans-style Mardi Gras bashes.

Acadiana
901 New York Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20001
www.acadianarestaurant.com/

Get the Big Easy feel at Acadiana where they will be serving a four-course menu featuring some of the classic fare of New Orleans such as Crawfish Jambalaya and Rabbit Étouffée as well as Street Fare apps like House-Made Cracklin and Cajun Pop-Corn Shrimp. A key component to Mardi Gras is of course the libations -- and Acadiana is ready. From 3:30 p.m. until closing specialty cocktails will be served including the Category Five, Dark and Stormy and many others. The celebrations are too much for just one day, so festivities and specials will be offered Feb. 11 as well.

Bayou Bakery
1515 North Courthouse Rd., Arlington, Va. 22201
www.bayoubakeryva.com

On Fat Tuesday, Louisiana native Chef Davd Gaus is bringing Mardi Gras to Arlington, Va. The Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery has become Mardi Gras headquarters for "Bayou Gras." Join the fun for a parade with roadies allowed for one-night only. Strut down Clarendon Boulevard following the Bayou Bakery's Boogie Float that will finish at the Clarendon Courthouse. Then loop back to the Bayou. The beads will be flying and beverages flowing for the rest of the night. Celebrate Fat Tuesday in true Nawlins fashion.

Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20004
www.centralmichelrichard.com

Michel Richard is rolling out the sounds of the French Quarter on Tuesday. Bourbon Street will come to life on Pennsylvania Avenue with beads, decor, feathers and fun. In addition to Central's regular American bistro menu, the chefs are conjuring up the big easy with an a la carte menu of New Orleans specials, expertly paired with beer and wines. And there will be cocktails -- mais oui -- there will be a lot of mad absinthe at the bar, fair warning. The live music of Laissez-Foure, D.C.'s premier swingin' jazz quartet will be playing on from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. keeping the spirit of the Mardi Gras alive.

Nycci Nellis is the founder of www.TheListAreYouOnIt.com and host of WTOP's Foodie and the Beast on Sunday mornings. Follow @NycciNellis and @WTOPLiving on Twitter.

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