Mardi Gras in DC: Series of events across the District through Fat Tuesday

D.C. residents can experience a taste of New Orleans this weekend. A series of NOLA-inspired events will bring Mardi Gras fun to the District through Fat Tuesday.

The five-day Mardi Gras Fest at Black Jack, Tilt Side Bar and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace starts Friday at 5 p.m. and features a Mardi Gras themed cocktail menu, Creole-inspired dishes, a masquerade ball and bayou all-you-can-eat drag brunch. The brunch is invitation only. RSVP on Instagram.

Barracks Row is hosting a spirited sidewalk parade Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event features live music, food and drink specials on 8th Street.

The Wharf will hold its annual Mardi Gras celebration, with a mile-long parade featuring floats, stilt walkers and live music, starting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade also features appearances by Eastern High School Marching Band, the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, the Wizards’ G-Wiz and Batalá Washington.

The Wharf’s Mardi Gras celebration is free and open to the public. No registration is required. (Courtesy The Wharf)

A dance party to continue the celebration at the Wharf starts at 4:30 p.m., with live music by the Naptown Brass Band. At 6:30 p.m., a fireworks finale will finish off the celebrations.

On Saturday, a Bourdon to U Street Mardi Gras Bar Crawl is being hosted from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at seven bars. It features DJs, a blues style brass band, plenty of Mardi Gras beads, hurricanes and other drink and food specials. Tickets are available for $20.

Union Market hosts its Mardi Gras Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Attendants can expect New Orleans offerings, such as Cajun food, king cakes, a live jazz band and more.

Stetson Miller

Stetson Miller is an anchor and reporter for WTOP. He has worked in TV newsrooms for the last several years in New York, Baltimore, Washington and Charleston, SC.

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